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October 3, 1927 ~ November 5, 2023 (age 96) 96 Years Old
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David Byron Taylor was born on October 3rd, 1927 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to Glenn and Marie Taylor. He graduated from high school in 1945, and joined the United States Navy, where he proudly served for two years. David went on to attend the University of Oklahoma where he graduated with his bachelors in electrical engineering, as well as his masters, completing his education in 1959, and then securing a job in Dallas, Texas at Chance Vought.
During that time, David was blessed with meeting the love of his life, Willie Jo, and they were married on June 12th, 1952. They went on to have three children: Donna, Paula, and Clifton. The Taylor family lived in Oak Cliff until 1972, until they moved to Desoto where they lived until 1988. While in Desoto, David built a daycare there and was very involved with his church and community. He attended Oak Cliff Assembly of God from 1952 until 2020, where he served on the board, taught Sunday school, and made lifelong friends. Some of his favorite stories to tell were those of the hunting trips he and his friends from church went on, and sometimes their wives even joined them!
David lived a very full life, and was known for his kind and gentle spirit. When he retired in 1988, he and Willie Jo moved to Ferris, Texas where they had purchased 50 acres of land, and were blessed to live the next 27 years together until Willie Jo passed away in 2015.
David had many hobbies after he moved to Ferris. He planted several acres of pecan trees, and would harvest them every fall, getting both friends and family involved in the retrieval, sorting, cracking and storing of the plethora of pecans that he would grow every year. He was also an avid beekeeper for many years, where he canned farm fresh honey, and would give his grandkids the honeycomb to enjoy. He built a pond on his land, and stocked it with catfish for the family to fish in. He grew his own garden every year with seasonal fruits and vegetables, and would lovingly give out sacks full of okra and tomatoes to anyone who would take some!
David became a grandfather in 1979, and was affectionately known as “Dee” from then on. He had six grandchildren, and twelve great grandchildren.
David was swept up into the arms of Jesus on November 5th, 2023 at the age of 96. He is preceded in death by his parents, siblings, wife, and his son. He is survived by his daughters, Donna Herrera; Paula Todd and her husband David. His grandchildren, Jason Crenshaw and wife Leslie; Julie Nunn and husband Corey; Chris Todd and wife Ashley; Jennifer McCutchon and husband David; Jessica Pennington and husband Dan; Scott Herrera and wife Chayimel. His great grandchildren: Taylor, Alex, Riley, Lori, Isaac, Adelaide, Caden, Addyson, Ava, Joseph, Ivy, and Joshua.