Jack Donald Taylor


December 6, 2017

Jack Donald Taylor, 88, known to family as "Tim," died peacefully Dec. 2, 2017, in Grand Junction, Colo.

Jack was born in Moab, Utah, March 20, 1929, to Arthur Alonzo and Estella Newell Taylor, the youngest of nine children. Soon after graduation, he moved to Grand Junction, Colo., with his mother and sister Evelyna and meet the love of his life, Zoa Harris.

They married in 1949 and enjoyed 68 years of marriage. Two daughters were born to them, Paula Jarvis, who is deceased, and Jan Wilson. The family grew with six grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Their marriage was solemnized in the Mesa Temple in 1972.

Jack and Zoa moved around due to his profession as a supervisor in the milling industry. Jack was a self-made man starting out at Climax as a laborer, then worked in Green River, Hobbs, N.M., and Trona, Calif., in the uranium, potash and soda ash industries. His crowning achievement was construction of the Solvay Soda Ash Plant in Green River that was built under his direct supervision.

Jack was a member of the LDS church, serving positions as Boy Scout leader, ward counselor and as an ordinance worker in the Provo, Utah Temple. He also served a six-month mission at the MTC in Provo, Utah and a two-year mission in the Bishop's Storehouse in Grand Junction, Colo.

His remaining family includes wife Zoa; daughter Jan; grandchildren Jack Jarvis (Marie), Mindi Wilson Allen (Brad), Zoa Jarvis, Lisa Jarvis, Tim Wilson, Weston Wilson and his great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m., Thursday at Fruitvale LDS chapel with viewing at 9 a.m. Interment will be in Moab Grand Valley Cemetery Friday at 11 a.m.

The family sincerely wishes in lieu of flowers for donations to be made to HopeWest or Alzheimer's Disease Research.


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