James ValRay Taylor passed away on August 24, 2021 at the age of 73 in Millcreek, Utah. He was born on September 6, 1947 in Salt Lake City, Utah to James Milo Taylor and Edith Virginia Garfield. He married Pamela Frost on August 23, 1966, and later divorced.
James is a retired fireman and EMT for Salt Lake County - AS in Fire Science and Hazmat. He served in the US Navy as a Boatman from 1964 – 1970. He was an avid golfer and won many championships. James coached little league baseball and football for many years taking the 13-year-old’s and 14-15-year-olds to championship.
He is survived by his son Jerry, granddaughter McKinzie Taylor, grandsons Bryce Edwards and Zack Taylor, great-grandsons Aiden Taylor and Ryken Holt.
He is preceded in death by his daughter Sherra Taylor, sister Shirley Maack, and brother Cliff Taylor.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, October 2, 2021, from 1:00 – 4:00 PM at Memorial Redwood Mortuary and Cemetery located at 6500 South Redwood Road, West Jordan, Utah 84123.
Val was my go to golf buddy for more than 30 years.... we played all over the state of Utah and even Nevada and California.. In life Val was a fierce competitor and a vocal champion of every cause he believed in. This created many controversies in his life and often for his golf friends.. It was hard to agree with every thing he said out loud but it was always said with truth and honor from his heart. We won many many times on the golf course but his best qualities were not on the greens. As we traveled around the state he would talk about his faults and his regrets and seldom about his victories.. He loved his family most of all, and his passion for the state of the union which was never as he believed it could be.. You either agreed with him or some times he would change his mind after hard evidence was given.. He was truthful and honest whether you liked it or not... Val never backed down from a tough spot on issues or on the course.. I could not have found a better competitor or honest friend... I miss him daily and even his gruff style...Meadowbrook Golf Course is less fun without him....
Very sad to hear. I used to play a lot of golf with Val and the group at Meadowbrook.
Rest well Long Knife.
He is sadly missed and life at Meadowbrook Golf Course is not the same without him. If you ever needed anything Val was the guy to call. Always willing to help. He’s probably shooting scratch golf on the other side!