Donald Seth Taylor 1925-2017
Donald Seth Taylor, 92, and a 24 year resident of Chewelah, passed away peacefully in Richland, WA on July 23, 2017. Born on July 19, 1925 in Manchester, Vermont to Seth Burt and Alice May (Barr) Taylor.
Don was raised in Manchester and spent his youth on the slopes of Vermont’s majestic mountains. He had 6 siblings; Emily, Sally, Gerry, Clyde, Mabel and Alice, who passed at age 5. His first job, at age 14, was in a local grocery store. Don would fondly reflect on his youth in Manchester. He also loved relating stories from his days working at a poultry farm with best buddy Bob Fowler. Following his graduation, he enlisted in the Navy for two years; serving in the Pacific Theater and earning the Victory Medal, the American Area Medal and the Asiatic Pacific with One Star Medal.
Following a brief marriage, Don concentrated on work. He made a career with Westinghouse Hanford Project as a Nuclear Electrical Engineer and retired in 1990. On April 27, 1970 he married the love of his life in Old Lyme, Connecticut. He spent 38 blessed years with Mary Carol Roberts. They blended their families and had one child together, Alice.
Throughout his life, Don enjoyed gardening. He became a WSU Master Gardener and won many Stevens and Benton County Fair awards. He enjoyed sharing his bountiful harvests each year. He was active in the farmer’s market. Of all the flowers he grew, roses and lilacs were his favorites. Don also loved travel. A favored spot was at the Little Creek Cove along the Oregon Coast at Thanksgiving. Don saw many wonderful places throughout his life, but Vermont was in his heart. The mountains above Flowery Trail, reminded him of his beloved Vermont.
Time with his family was very important to Don. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend. One of the cherished memories for many is Saturday nights. Don loved making homemade apple crisp and ice cream. He loved sharing his creations, whether from the kitchen or garden with others. He also loved sharing his life with others through his entertaining stories. Don planted more than flower and vegetable seeds throughout his life; the seed trail he left behind through his generous, loving spirit will grow through the generation of his family. Even though his life was full; he packed it with memories and love, the loss is great. His legacy will continue through his family.
Don is survived by his children Chris Brown, Beth (Jon) Piper, Alice Degraaf; adopted children Scott Taylor, Patricia Taylor; grandchildren Joshua Piper, Emily Root, Samuel Piper, Joseph Degraaf, Nicole Degraaf, Timothy Degraaf, Sara Degraff, Brandon Degraaf, Megan Degraaf, Alexander Degraaf and his sister Sally Taylor Mills.
He was preceded in death by his wife Mary Carol Taylor (2008); parents; siblings Clyde, Mabel, Alice, Emily and Gerry; loving dogs Duncan, Bonnie, Jock and Koda.
Services for Don were held on July 28, 2017 in the Danekas Funeral Chapel, Chewelah WA. Graveside services were held at Pioneer Cemetery on Flowery Trail.
Danekas Funeral Chapel and Crematory has been entrusted with the arrangements. Please sign the online memorial at www.danekasfuneralchapel.com.