Donald Lorenzo Taylor was born on January 20, 1939 in St. Louis, MO to the union Edward and Christina Taylor. Both parents and 8 siblings preceded him in death.
At an early age, Don accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior at Hopewell Baptist Church in St. Louis, MO.
Son was educated in the St. Louis public school system and graduated from Soldon High School.
He moved to Portland, Oregon and joined the military. Don served as a proud Marine. He quickly rose through the ranks to Lance Corporeal from 1961-1965.
Don married and from that union two children were born: Christopher and Yolanda. He then married the love of his life, Deborah, which lasted 30 years until his death. To this union Don became father to Steven and Rodney Hopkins.
Don’s life accomplishments were many. He was an extraordinary artist and a craftsman. His awesome career as a St. Louis firefighter for 20 plus years; where he received Accommodations and Honor at the St. Louis Fire Department Headquarters, with a life size picture of his heroism of saving lives.
Don relocated to join his wife with retiring to support her career; he was her biggest supporter and remained until his death.
On April 13, 2020 at 10:13 P.M., the Lord called him home. His loving wife, Deborah and two sons, Steven and Rodney, were at his side.
Don leaves a devoted wife, Deborah Upchurch Hopkins Taylor, 4 children: Yolanda, Michelle Taylor Pleasant, Christopher Edward Taylor, Steven Christopher Hopkins, and Rodney Andre Hopkins. He leaves two living sisters: Mary Loretta Taylor Watts and Christine Elizabeth Taylor Bailey. He has 7 grandchildren: Ciarra, Christian, Tyler, Sharonda, Mike, Christina, Chris, Jr., and Devin. Also a host of loving aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Don also shared a special brotherhood with his extended San Antonio family: the late James “Mouse” Hill (Cecilia), Edward Bates (Pat), Clarence Carson (Late Sheilah), Ben Burleson (Annette), late Kenneth “Sonny” Propps (Mary), and Martin Connors (Pat). He will be greatly missed by all.
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