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John Thomas Taylor


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John Thomas Taylor Obituary
John Thomas Tom' Taylor August 2, 1930 - April 1, 2018 Carlsbad John Thomas Taylor Jr., 87, joined his beloved Peggy in heaven on Easter Sunday, April 1, 2018 after a battle with pneumonia. He is survived by his 3 children: Mark Taylor, Jane Sears, Trisha Condon, and his 10 grandchildren who affectionately called him Papa, and many dear friends. Tom was born on August 2, 1930 in Louisville, KY, but at the age of 4, moved with his mother to California. They settled near Arcadia, close to the Santa Anita race track where he would later join his father Tommy Taylor, a veteran trainer of thoroughbred race horses. In 1950, his life changed forever when a little gray race horse named Patch won the Del Mar Futurity, sending Tom to college at University of Southern California, where he studied Business. While at USC, Tom was a Group Commander of the Air Force ROTC unit, and President of his fraternity Phi Delta Theta. Upon graduation, Tom served from 1954-1956 in the Strategic Air Command. He was supply officer for the 487th Bomb Squadron and base supply officer at Whiteman AFB in Missouri. After leaving the Air Force, he joined Merrill Lynch in 1958 and began his 40-year career in the securities and financial services business. Tom had a long and successful career working as a broker, rising to become Sr. Vice President before he retired in 1996. Tom married his soul mate Peggy on Kentucky Derby day in 1979. As each other's best friend, they traveled together, and experienced many cherished memories during their 38-year marriage. Tom was a "Picker," always spotting winners stocks, horses, Charger draft recruits, economic trends, etc. He took great pride in his Charger draft for 15 years. Tom authored two books: "Kids and Cash" and later "Get Rich on the Obvious." He loved his tennis, golf, and USC Trojans. Tom was a proud American, Republican, volunteer, and Deacon at his church. After losing his beloved Peggy in 2015, Tom returned to his first love, the Thoroughbred, and began "picking" again. He invested in a racing partnership run by his cousins in Kentucky that produced several graded stakes winners at Del Mar and Santa Anita. In his last hours before his passing, he was picking stocks and horses, and giving advice to his grandkids and children. Tom was loved by many. Memorial Services will be held at 1:30 pm on Saturday, April 28th, 2018 at the Village Church, Rancho Santa Fe, CA. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to The Village Church.
Published in The San Diego Union Tribune on Apr. 15, 2018
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