Donald Fraser Taylor, 85, passed away with his family at his side on Thursday, February 1, 2007 in Conroe, Texas.
Don was born in Dayton, Ohio on September 24, 1921 and was raised in Detroit, MI. He proudly served as a tank sergeant with the US Marine Corp in World War II and saw action at Iwo Jima in the Pacific and in Japan during the occupation. He was awarded the Bronze Star for heroism under fire.
He began his career in supermarket advertising with Big Bear Markets in Michigan and Eagle Supermarkets in Illinois. Don moved his family to Texas in 1958 where he spent the rest of his career as the advertising director for Weingarten’s Supermarkets, retiring in 1980. Throughout his career and afterwards, he was active in the Food Marketing Institute serving on it’s board of directors.
While in Houston, Don was active in the San Jacinto Region (now Houston Region) of the Sports Car Club of America and taught classes in advertising at the University of Houston downtown branch. After his retirement, he became an avid and accomplished wood carver. He shared his passion and abilities with many as an instructor and served as President of the Houston Area Woodcarvers Association and helped establish the Montgomery County Woodcarving Association.
Don was preceded in death by his parents John and Bella Taylor and his sister Helen Nicholas and her husband Bert. He is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Viola; his sons and their spouses, Mike and Ellen Taylor of Kingwood, Texas and Ken and Danny Taylor of San Marcos, Texas; his beloved grandchildren, Monica ¬Gilmore and her husband Grant of Hoodsport, WA, Dan Taylor of Kingwood, Texas, Kerrie Vacalis and her husband John of Dallas, Texas and Gwen Taylor of Austin, Texas; his beautiful great grandchildren Kindall and Mia, and his godchild Gail Gross of Kerrville, Texas.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that a memorial be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 20448, Houston, TX 77225-0448.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, February 9, 2007 at 1:00 PM in the Chapel at the Houston National Cemetery, 10410 Veteran’s Memorial Drive in Houston.