William Warren Taylor
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William Warren Taylor
  • August 25, 1925 - October 6, 2017
  • Monterey, California

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William Warren Taylor
August 8, 1925-October 6, 2017

William Warren Taylor, known to most as Warren and to his grandchildren and great-grandchildren as "Poppy," passed away peacefully with his daughter, Nicki, by his side on October 6th, 2017. Warren was a recent resident at Merrill Gardens in Monterey along with his wife of 71 years, Norma. Previously, the Taylors resided for many years in San Rafael, California. In addition to Norma, Warren is survived by his brother, Ned Taylor (Marge) from Washington D.C.; half-sister, Cathy Dean (Robert) from Blacksburg, VA; half-sister, Julie Anne Taylor Green from Decatur, GA; daughter, Nicki Klevan (Rob) from Pacific Grove, and daughter, Jani Taylor (Bob) from Newbury Park. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Priscilla (Michael) and son, Warren (Janice). Warren also leaves behind nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Born in Plainfield, New Jersey, Warren was the oldest son of Edward Dickinson Taylor and Priscilla Fraker Taylor. He first met his wife, Norma, in kindergarten at Evergreen Elementary School and went on to attend Plainfield High School, and then Loomis School in Windsor, Conn. In 1943, Warren matriculated to Duke University in Durham, NC, but when his country called, he enlisted in the Army and was sent to VMI as a cadet. In January, 1944 Warren was assigned to the 86th Infantry (Blackhawk) Division and joined the conflict in World War II at the Battle of the Bulge. At the conclusion of the war in Europe, Warren's Division was sent to the Philippines where he battled the Japanese three months after the war in the Pacific had ended. Warren was very proud of his military service having earned and been awarded numerous medals.
After the war, Warren married Norma on August 29, 1946 and together returned to Duke University, from which he graduated in June, 1949. Soon after graduation, Warren went to work for Burroughs Corporation and then RCA eventually becoming National Sales Manager (1960) and National Financial Sales Manager (1962). In 1964, Warren became the VP of Stanford Data Processing and moved on in 1969 to become Director of Data Processing at Union Safe Bank in Stockton, CA. While in Stockton, Warren became the Chairman of the Computer Science Department at Humphrey's College. He went to work for Decimus Corporation as West Coast Sales Manager in 1972 eventually transferring to head regional sales in offices in Chicago, IL., Barrington, NJ, and Columbia, SC. In 1986, Warren retired from Decimus, and the Taylors moved west to San Rafael where they remained for over thirty years before a final move to Monterey.
Warren loved to travel, was an accomplished sailor and tennis player and enjoyed listening to jazz music. A devoted family man, Warren was exceedingly proud of his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Persistent with his wishes to be interred in a veterans' cemetery, Warren's ashes will be laid to rest at the California Central Coast Veterans Cemetery, date to be determined. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in Warren's name be made to The California Central Coast Veterans Cemetery,2900 Parker Flats Rd., Seaside, CA 93955, or Guide Dogs for the Blind, 350 Los Ranchitos Road, San Rafael, CA 94903.

Arrangements under the direction of The Paul Mortuary, Pacific Grove, CA.