Jack W. R. Taylor

November 13, 1922February 23, 2013

Jack W. R. Taylor passed away in his sleep at the grand age of 90 on February 23, 2013, at Cottage in the Meadow in Yakima, Washington. Jack was born in Prosser, Washington on November 13, 1922, to Claude and Mary (Langevin) Taylor. Jack was very proud of his family heritage. His paternal great grandfather, George S. Taylor, was one of the first homesteaders in Selah in the 1860’s. His paternal grandfather, E.W.R. Taylor, was one of the pioneers of Prosser in 1890, and his maternal grandfather, Raoul Langevin, was a pioneering hop farmer in Moxee in the 1890’s. Jack grew up in Prosser, a community that always remained special to him as he had many lifelong friends and memories there. After graduating from Prosser High School, Jack attended Washington State College (WSU) before enlisting in the Marine Air Corps where he proudly served from 1942-45. As a 1st Lieutenant, Jack flew C-47’s in the Pacific Theatre during WWII, flying behind enemy lines from Honolulu to Iwo Jima, carrying the wounded, supplies, and blood to the troops. After WWII, Jack returned to Prosser to work with his father Claude Taylor at Taylor Motor Company which later became Hall Chevrolet. In 1947 Jack married Betty Matsen from Bickleton, Washington. Together they raised two daughters Connie and Gayle. After leaving the car business in 1955, Jack bought grain elevators on the Columbia River and stored government grain at Alderdale for 5 years until John Day Dam was built and flooded that area. Jack then entered into the union oil distribution business where he owned bulk oil plants in Sunnyside, Prosser and Toppenish until retirement in 1981. His loving wife Betty of 35 years passed away in 1982. A new chapter began for Jack when he married Lois Meiser from Sunnyside in 1983. Together they blended their families and enjoyed 30 years of marriage. During that time they travelled around the country in their motorhome and spent many winters as snowbirds playing golf in Arizona. In 1998 Yakima became their full time home so they could be closer to their family. Jack continued to be active and involved in Yakima until his death. Golf was always a passion for him, partly because of the game, but mostly because of the many people he met at the Yakima Country Club. Since 1947, Jack was a Rotarian in the Prosser, Sunnyside and Yakima clubs, serving as President of the Prosser Rotary club in 1955 and continuing to attend Yakima Rotary Club meetings until the time of his death. Jack “never met a stranger” because of his gregarious personality, quick wit and wonderful sense of humor. This was evident whether he was playing the electric organ, working out at a local gym or serving with his wife Lois as a hospice volunteer. Jack and Lois shared not only activities and interests but also a deep love for the Lord. Jack was a member of First Presbyterian Church where they attended regularly and volunteered. His men’s small bible study group provided him with support, blessed friendships and a growing love for the Lord. For Jack’s immediate and extended family, he will always be remembered as the loving patriarch who was encouraging, supportive and interested in everyone. We all know that for him, his greatest accomplishment was the legacy of his family. He taught us all that “love of family” is the greatest gift that one generation can pass to another. Jack is survived by his loving wife Lois. His heritage continues in the lives of his 6 children, 11 grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren. Connie and Joe Farina, Tony and Karla Farina (Zachary), Janelle and Brad Stewart (Cy, Kase), Angela Farina; Gayle and Bob Hall, Jaclyn and Jason Midkiff (Jack), Kristin and Wes Jones, Erica and Josh Meadows; Diane and Glen Williams, Jennifer and Lance Hepworth (Braden, Ethan), Johnny Williams; Cindy and Maurice Peugh, Lindsey Peugh, Chris and Krista Hays (Christine, Cheyanne, Chance); Clint and Val Hays (Carson, Charlie Blu, Dallas, Damien); Steve and Gloria Meiser, Steven and Leah Meiser (Joshua, Samantha); Sylvia and Bruce Kirkham, Clayton and Michelle Kirkham, Contessa Allen. He was looking forward to the arrival of 4 new great grandsons this spring. He is also survived by his 2 nephews, Steve Matsen, Marc and Deanna Matsen, and one niece, Ann (Matsen) and Gary Russell, and their children. His family would like to thank the staff of Landmark Care Center for their compassionate care and rehabilitation. Memorials in Jack’s name can be made to First Presbyterian Church or Cottage in the Meadow in care of Keith and Keith Funeral Home who is entrusted with the arrangements. A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, March 1, 2013, at 1:00pm at First Presbyterian Church, Yakima. A family graveside interment will be held that morning.


  • Memorial Service Friday, March 1, 2013

Jack W. R. Taylor

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March 3, 2013

As a young boy during those halcyon days of circa 1960, I remember frequent walks by the Tayor home on Benson Avenue in Prosser. Sometimes, it was along the front yard on my way to play with the Bruns boys who lived down the street and sometimes it was down the alley near the back yard on my way to the Cottage Court Market.
Whatever the course or cause, if Jack was puttering around his yard and saw me, he'd frequently pause to offer a few words of advice, encouragement or laughter. Now, to a 10 year old boy, Jack stood a giant of a man who appeared somewhat intimidating, so it took a couple of encounters before that friendly magic of his openness and warmth replaced one's scary concern. However, from that time on, it was a delight to spot him in the yard and chat for a moment or two.
This happened during an era of great memories. Jack's presence in the neighborhood was a settling and pleasing influence until he moved his family away to Sunnyside, but the impression of "giant" Jack Taylor as a cool guy always remained with the kids who roamed Prosser Heights.
Take care Connie, Gayle and families.

Michael Brown

James Spalding

February 28, 2013

My cousin Connie will share the story. But, even before his own children were born, he was instrumental in making life fun. He was one of the most inclusive human beings I've ever met. His daughters continue the legacy.

Love, Cousin Jim..

p.s. In a historical perspective, Jack, Bud, James Spalding, and Daryl Spalding were all pilots during WWII. How amazing is that? And they all knew each other. It must've been a conspiracy!

Peter Plath

February 27, 2013

Jack was one of my most favorite people. We will sincerely miss him. Our sympathy to all the family members.

Angela Farina

February 26, 2013

Grandpa, thank you for teaching the importance of family. You were my Grandpa, my mentor, my teacher, my friend. Thank you for showing me laughter, genuine love, and compassion. I love you.

Sue & T.J. Stewart

February 26, 2013

Having just known Jack in recent years we appreciated his rich family history, Jack's many accomplishments and his way. What a gracious man. A life to truly be celebrated.

Frank & Cathy Rouse

February 26, 2013

To all of you who called Jack family, we extend our deepest sympathies to you for his loss. He was a great guy, so friendly and outgoing. He made you feel like you were his family too. He will be missed by all who knew him. Thinking of you during this difficult time.

Janelle Stewart

February 26, 2013

Such an amazing man, I'm so privileged to be his granddaughter. And both of my sons had the chance to sit on Grandpa's lap and feel the presence of his love. Heaven is having a party with the arrival of Grandpa!! Stories of him will live on for many generations to come


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