Allen Rayford Taylor
On the early morning of Friday, June 17, 2016, complications from diabetes caused Allen Rayford Taylor’s tired heart to stop beating so he could enter eternity where he is finally free to experience perfect love, free of fear and pain.
Al was born April 5, 1950, in Sacramento, CA, to Thomas and Esther Taylor who were from Arkansas and Oklahoma respectively. By heritage he was one fourth Cherokee which he was proud to claim.
He grew up in Sacramento and enlisted in the Army his senior year of high school. After serving in Vietnam he returned to Sacramento and finished High School. That next summer, 1972, Al went to Nye Montana to work for a friend. He was working at his tiny store and café when Barb Beech came through on foot with her backpack and her big black dog. When she headed back to Minnesota, he followed her and they were married 7 months later on March 2, 1972.
Some of their adventures together included working at Tonka Toys, attending St. Paul Bible College, and serving as missionaries with the North American Indigenous Mission in British Columbia.
Al worked several jobs that gave him background and skills that eventually led up the his final and most loved job of being the Assessor of Stevens County. So often he would comment on how much he loved Stevens County and its people and how happy he was that he had the privilege of serving them.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara, his son Alec and partner Aneka and 3 grandchildren, Salem, Rabbit and Sparrow Taylor, and his daughter Jaeli Taylor Crane and her husband Tracee Crane, his brother Thomas C Taylor Jr. and wife Erzsabet and all his wonderful nieces and nephew Tanya, Jeff, Shannon, Natalie and their children. Also included are all his wife’s family and many friends.
A memorial service will be held on July 5 at 5:30 p.m. at the Yep Kanum Park at the Rotary Pavilion in Colville. Please feel free to bring your lawn chairs for extra seating. Please join Al’s family for continued celebration and food afterwards at the Colville Seventh Day Adventist Church. (Because of construction, go up Hawthorne and through the Jr. High parking lot to connect into Cedar Loop.)