Thomas James Taylor

March 23, 1931November 2, 2018
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Thomas James Taylor (known by his friends as Tom or Tommy) age 87, died on Friday, Nov. 2, 2018 surrounded by his family and caregivers. Tom was born on a ranch in Plymouth, Calif. on March 23, 1931 and shortly thereafter moved to El Dorado. Tom started his working career as a very young man. He worked at Caldor Lumber and Box Factory, picked lots of pears, drove logging trucks and finally settled at Placer Gas where he worked for his future father-in-law. In 1949 he married his wife Jean who predeceased him. Tom retired from Suburban Gas in 1994. Tom and Jean enjoyed traveling and were members of the Model A Club. Tom liked tinkering with his Model A and ’32 Chevy until his health kept him from doing so. Tom had a quick sense of humor and could always come up with a good joke. Tom is survived by his children Vicki Stockdale (Daryl) of Greenville, Calif. and Timothy Taylor of Placerville, Calif. his grandchildren Brian Stockdale (Joanna) April Watson (Jeff), Meghan Brown (Cameron) and great grandchildren, Owen and Paige Watson.

We would like to thank his caregivers at Hillcrest Home Care Facility for their loving care they gave dad and Vitas Hospice.

Services for Thomas will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018 at the Chapel of the Pines with a reception to follow at Fenton and Harriet’s.



  • Funeral Service Wednesday, November 14, 2018
  • Interment Wednesday, November 14, 2018


  • Reception immediately following

Thomas James Taylor

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John Dunn

November 15, 2018

I moved into a house on Ronald Loop with my wife and two children in 1964; our house was the next house west of the Taylor's house. Shortly after moving in I checked the gauge on the propane tank and it was near empty. I called Suburban Propane for a propane delivery. The driver of the propane delivery truck was Tom Taylor. Tom Introduced himself and told me hat he was our next door neighbor; so, I have known Tom for 54 years. We became acquainted with Tom's wife Jean and their two children, Vickie and Tim. Tom and I would occasionally pass each other when driving in and out of our neighborhood and we would always wave at each other. When Tom took up bicycle riding on the El Dorado Trail I had been walking on the Trail for exercise; we would always stop when meeting and chat for a few minutes. Jean Taylor usually took a daily walk "around the Loop" to feed some cats on the back side and would stop to chat with my wife when she (my wife) was out in our front yard.
The Taylor family were great neighbors, it is so sad that all of the members of that family have now departed from this neighborhood.
John Dunn

Louis Tirapelle

November 11, 2018

I remember picking pears with Tom on the McStay Ranch in Diamond Springs, (probably 1948) where the recycle center is located. My parents purchased the 32 Chevrolet Tom is enjoying before 1935. It was in like-new condition. My mother drove it mostly and called it by the name she gave it -- "Johnny." On more than one occasion I her from her mouth mild profanity when she couldn't get the car started. In 1949 my parents bought a new Chevrolet and soon sold the 32 Chevrolet to Les Meyer who used it as a transportation vehicle for trips to his job. At some point I believe it passed from Leslie directly to Tom. Tom made several photos of it for me in about 2000 to include in a family history book I was writing at that time. The only color photo I have is a back view, but it shows the colors of dark blue and yellow. Brings back pleasant memories.

Brenda Riffey

November 8, 2018

You"ll be missed Tom. Brenda Riffey

Susan Riffey

November 5, 2018

R.I.P. Tom
You will be deeply missed by family and friends alike.

Pat and the girls

November 5, 2018

RIP Mr. Taylor.... Pat and the girls