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Richard "Rick" Francis Taylor, Jr.

May 25th, 1944 - June 19th, 2024

Richard Francis Taylor Jr, a loving husband, father, grandfather, and brother, passed away on Wednesday, June 19, 2024. He was born on May 25, 1944, in Long Beach, CA, to Richard F. Taylor Sr and Francis A. Taylor.

Rick graduated from New Canaan High School in Connecticut, earned his bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Utah. While working for Del Monte, earned his master’s degree in business administration from Golden State University. After many successful years with Del Monte, Rick transitioned to work for Johnson & Johnson until his retirement. 

As a young man, Rick served a two-year mission in the Long Beach, CA, area for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. His mission became the stepping-stone for his life of service. Rick always extended a kind hand to people in need and knew how to make them feel loved and important. Over the years he mentored many individuals, who became like family to him. He was a man of great faith and was always willing to share his knowledge and testimony of the Savior Jesus Christ as he loved and cared for people around him. He loved the Lord and dedicated his life to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, serving in the Oakland, California, Temple for 20 years.

On June 16, 1969, he married the love of his life, Janis Miller, in the Salt Lake City Temple. Together they had 3 daughters, Vicki, Rebecca and Debbie. He often referred to them as “Rick and his chicks”. His greatest joy was his family. He always expressed how proud he was of each one of them.

Rick had a great sense of humor. He was known for his quick wit, good pranks, funny stories, and he loved a good dad joke. He maintained his sense of humor and positive attitude to the end and never murmured or complained.

Rick is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Janis Taylor, and his three daughters, Vicki Taylor, Rebecca Campbell (Jesse), and Deborah Burke (Steven), along with four grandchildren: Cody Campbell, Courtney Campbell, Caitlyn Campbell, and Taylor Burke. He is also survived by his siblings, Dennis Taylor, Jennifer Acree, and Janet Lysko. He is preceded in death by his father, Richard F. Taylor Sr, his mother, Francis A. Taylor, and his brother, Michael Taylor.

The family is very grateful to all the medical staff that worked with Rick over the years, especially Dr. Ross Pirkle, who was his primary care physician for many years. A special thank you to the staff at Stonebrook for their beautiful and tender care of Rick over the past several months.

A private family service will be held in Rick’s honor.

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Jesse Campbell

I’ve known Rick for 32 years. He has been the perfect Father-in-Law over that time. He has always been supportive, even when he didn’t agree with the choices I was making. He has been a father to me when my own dad could not be, and he was always a phone call away whenever I needed help with a work or church related issue. He was cheerful in all situations, a great example of Christlike love, and one of the greatest examples in my life. I owe him my best effort…. Even if he did blame me for tossing his “garbage stick”.

Published June 26th, 2024

Maria Allende

I knew him , I appreciated him and admired him. My soul was saddened to learn of the loss of a great man, father, friend , husband.. he will remain forever in my memory . I always remember your smile, and I will miss your beautiful and giving heart.. and my candy’s too May god make you rest in his holy kingdom , Amen …

Published June 25th, 2024

Dennis Taylor

Born as brothers, Rick and I became eternal collaborators over the past nearly 50 years of joint personal study projects of the scripture. We produced close to a hundred separate articles and extensive commentaries about major prophets and key spiritual principles. Our partnership gave our blood kinship an eternal perspective that we both cherished. We both respect and admire Norm Heap, a thoughtful ancient scripture scholar and noted author. We loved him as a mentor and appreciated his patience with us as our “Dutch uncle. Heavenly hosts are still singing choruses of welcome to Rick. He was an extraordinary and dedicated family genealogist who over decades of diligence traced family lines back to the 300’s AD. He is missed, but busy again serving the host of ancestors whose names he uncovered from antiquity. Dennis Taylor, loving older brother

Published June 25th, 2024

Kari Moulton

Brother Taylor will always hold a special place in my heart. He taught me how to study scripture. I will always cherish my time being taught. Thank You! Brother Taylor.

Published June 25th, 2024

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