Lauren D. Taylor
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Lauren D. Taylor
  • January 11, 1932 - July 6, 2017
  • Grand Prairie, Texas

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Lauren Delmar Taylor, 85, a longtime resident of Grand Prairie passed away Thursday, July 6, 2017. He passed away 3 years to the day of his massive stroke. Lauren was born in Palmer, Kansas on January 11, 1932, the son of Delmar and Carmalyta Taylor.

Lauren was the first baby born of the year in Palmer, Kansas in 1932. He was special from the moment he was born. He was raised on a farm and enlisted into the military at the age of 17. He served in the United States Army from 1951 to 1954, during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged from the Army in 1954. In 1961, Lauren married Hallie Shaw and they had a son and daughter together. In 1965, he moved his family to Grand Prairie, Texas.

Lauren worked as a Ford Mechanic for 25 years. In 1980, Lauren changed careers and helped build the dam at Joe Pool Lake in Grand Prairie, Texas. In 1987, he went to work at the warehouse for General Services Administration, from which he retired in 1997. After retirement from GSA, Lauren went to work at Winn Dixie / Kroger, where during his employment he was awarded an employee of the year award. He retired from Kroger in 2013. Lauren was declared a disabled veteran in 2016.

Lauren was loved by so many and had many nicknames. To his Kansas family he was "Doc". To his Texas friends he was "Lauren" or "Mr. Taylor" and even just "LT" but to his children he was "Daddy" and to his grandchildren he was "Grandpa". He was even "Grandpa" to many of his grandson's friends. Lauren loved life and enjoyed everything and everyone that was part of it. His passion was his family, his friends, his garden and hunting.

Lauren is preceded in death by his wife of nearly 53 years, Hallie Taylor, and three sisters, Laura Jo, Marcia and Gloria.

Lauren is survived by two sons, Craig Taylor of Clifton, Kansas; Gail Taylor and wife Dana of Bonham, Texas; one daughter Laurie Ann Kibler and husband Gary of Burleson, Texas; two grandsons, Timothy Nascimbeni and Bret Taylor; three granddaughters, Carmalyta Burks, Chelsie Taylor and Caitlin Taylor; three great-grandchildren; one brother, Jerry Taylor and wife Deanna of Lawrence, Kansas; numerous extended grandchildren along with nieces, nephews and friends.
The Taylor family would like to thank St. John's Residential Care Home for all of the loving care they extended to Lauren and his family during his stay there.

Donations may be made in honor of Lauren Taylor to: Disabled American Veterans organization at: https://www.dav.org/.