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In Memory

Steve Taylor

Steve TAYLOR Steven Ward Taylor was born May 5, 1952 in Minot, North Dakota to Al and 'Frenchie' Taylor, and passed away on December 6, 2011 in Seattle.

He grew up in Williston, North Dakota and graduated from Williston High School in 1970. He joined the Marines in 1971 and was discharged with honors. After graduating from North Dakota State University, Steve decided he had enough of NDak winters and moved to Seattle.

Steve worked in Bremerton for Kitsap Youth Homes, where he developed many life-long friendships. After his stint with social work, Steve earned his Master's in Public Administration from the University of Washington. He worked as a planner for King County, the Cities of North Bend and Renton, and Planning Director for the City of Maple Valley. Most recently Steve spent 9 years working as Planning Director for the Muckleshoot Tribe.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Al and Lorraine Taylor, and brothers Guy and George.He is survived by his wife Kirsten, daughters Kelsey and Grace, brothers Ron (Dave) and Paul, and sisters Jean (Bob) McCulloch, Charlotte (Collin) Royers, Carmen (Marc) Romero, and Sandy Taylor, and many nieces and nephews. A memorial 'celebration of life' will be held at Lake Wilderness Lodge, Maple Valley on Wednesday, December 14 at 1:00 p.m. with reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Swedish Hospital Transplant Program or Maple Valley Food Bank are suggested.

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12/09/11 04:15 PM #1    

Greg Kemmis

Hearing of Steve's passing is just very, very sad. Life was never big enough for Steve. He was one of those rare individuals who made the mundane fantastic. He never seemed to experience boredom, fatigue, discouragement, helplessness. He rose above the fray. I've known a few people like Steve but so, so few.  

12/11/11 09:26 PM #2    

Peggy Mitchell (Slough)

STEVE was always an interesting guy  best memory is 7th grade and sister Mary magdelena smacking him over head with  STACK    of rulers and Steve just chuckling

08/07/12 03:56 PM #3    

Greg Kemmis

I rented a trailorhouse with Steve and others out of HS while we all attended 'East Side High' or -- as it's now called -- Williston State College. There are probably some activities which should be kept off the record but one that I can share. It's actually pretty heroic. It was chili night. Steve and Dale Keller (?) had cooked up some awefully good stuff. A nice big batch for our consumption. The evening moved pretty quickly toward midnight when Steve announced he was joining the Marines in the AM, going for an infantry position. Roger Johnson quickly agreed. He would follow. Honestly, the impression of everyone at the event was sober. If it had been anyone else the comment would have been taken as a joke but this was Steve Taylor. We knew he was up to the task. The next morning he was gone. To the recruiter. To join as a Marine Infantryman. It would be some time after his service in Vietnam before we would have a chance to download. I remember Steve saying that he and Roger were along the DMZ in '71 during the height of the fighting. Steve Taylor...a number of us still miss you.

08/30/12 04:08 PM #4    

Debra Fougner (Croucher)

Many wonderful memories lifeguarding with Steve.  What a character, what a good friend!

03/02/14 12:53 PM #5    

Jim Jamieson

I just found out here Steve had passed.  A few years ago after asking around, I found he'd moved out to Washington state, but that was all.  I remember hanging out with Steve a few times along with John Knollenberg.  Steve was always loads of fun and lived life to the fullest.   

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