James Byrl Taylor
March 1, 1951 – April 6, 2019
JAMES TAYLOR, a Licensed Land Surveyor in California and resident of San Diego, died peacefully on April 6, 2019, in San Diego, CA.
Jim was the son of Byrl and Mary Taylor, and is survived by his wife Sharon Taylor, brothers Larry and Gregory Taylor, sister Cecelia Blue, and his beloved Jack Russell Terrier “Scout.”
Jim was the uncle of Jennifer Adams, Merritt Sasser, Meghan Blackmon, and Taylor and Cora Blue.
Jim was born March 1, 1951, in Columbus, GA. Jim served honorably in the United States Air Force and became a Land Surveyor following his military service in the 1980s. Jim surveyed in Georgia, Texas, and California, and retired from the City of San Diego in 2017. Jim attended the University of Georgia and Palomar College in San Diego.
Jim married his lovely wife Sharon in 1991 in Columbus, GA. They lived in Georgia until 1995, when they moved to San Diego to enjoy the beach and good weather.
Jim was an avid explorer. He never considered himself a tourist or traveler, but rather a world explorer. Jim’s favorite destination was the Hawaiian Islands.
He also enjoyed listening to music, attending concerts, halibut fishing in Alaska, and taking drives along the coast. Jim loved baseball, NASCAR, and Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys; and traveled extensively to see them in person.
He will be deeply missed by his friends, family, and all who knew him.
A Hawaiian-themed celebration of life is planned on Wednesday, April 24th, 2019, at 10 AM at Erickson –Anderson Mortuary, 8390 Allison Avenue, La Mesa, CA, in the Village of La Mesa. Jim has requested a private ceremony for the scattering of ashes at sea.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the American Cancer Society-San Diego Chapter.
- Memorial Service Wednesday, April 24, 2019
James Byrl Taylor
April 24, 2019
Jim and Sharon have been our neighbors on our little piece of heaven in La Mesa for many, many years. Jim was always a wonderful neighbor and made us laugh. I can remember one particular day when I heard tremendous cries of joy from their home across the street. It was the day he received the notification in the mail that he had passed his test to be a land surveyor. I also remember the day Scout came into his life. She made him so happy. He seemed to live his life to the fullest, and I only hope Mike and I can learn a lesson from him. Sharon, you are in our thoughts, and please know that we are only a text away to help you with anything you may need with the house, cars, or property. I know people just say this stuff, but I truly mean it.
April 12, 2019
My husband, Ric, and I met James on one of his return flights from Vegas to San Diego. It was my husband's 50th birthday weekend in Dec. 2014. James, the Explorer that he is, insisted that he guide us thru San Diego over the weekend and show us the best spots. It was amazing; we walked for hours thru Balboa Park for December Nights the first evening. Like James and Sharon, the following year, we relocated to San Diego for the beach and the weather. We spent our first Christmas in San Diego with Sharon and James at their house in La Mesa. James was always providing us with excellent advice and was so caring. We shared several "brunches" together. We will miss him and our heartfelt sympathy goes out to Sharon and Scout. They are so special to us.
June & Ric