N Burke Taylor
Born: 5/28/1939, Moab, Utah
Beloved husband, father, grandfather and great grand-father, Norman Burke Taylor, passed away at his home surrounded by loving family members and care-givers. Burke was born to Erma Pearl Knight & Norman ‘Buck’ Bliss Taylor on May 28, 1939 in Moab. He was the 3rd of 7 children born to the family. Burke has two surviving siblings-Gerrie(Dick) Boggs and Glen (Roxey) Taylor. He is preceeded in death by his parents, Buck and Erma, and his brothers Curtis, Bucky, Douglas(Annie) and Clarke (Carolyn) Taylor.
Burke knew loss and heartache at an early age with the loss of two young brothers(Bucky and Curtis) and a tragic accident that should have left him paralyzed. His strength and determination pulled him through and a year later he enrolled at Utah State to study Animal Husbandry. It was during his time in Logan that Burke met Mary Dale Hamblin from which he fathered Brian Russell( Pinkie) and Kandice Sue (Bob) Sherwood.
Burke met the love of his life and current wife, Peggy Ellen Havener, in Casper, Wyoming. They eloped to Texarkana Texas and married on August, 27th, 1964. The two settled in Atlanta, Georgia for a year before returning to Casper, Wyoming. During these years Burke worked as a traveling salesman and office equipment salesman. Seeking a new business adventure, Burke and Peggy along with Helen and Charlie (Peg’s parents) moved to Canada’s Northwest Territory landing in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. During the next 10 years the family grew and welcomed Norman Bruere(Fran), Debra Lee(Stephen) and Sue Ellen(Jason).
Burke had a longing to be closer to family he left behind and thought of Moab, his mom, Brian and Kandice often. A devastating fire to his childhood home on Bowen Circle that took the life of his brother Douglas was the pivotal turning point that brought him home to help his mom rebuild.
Upon his return, Burke worked union jobs at the power plants around Helper and Huntington in Emery County to support his family. Weekends meant the family either traveled to visit dad or dad came home making Joe’s Valley the family’s favorite gathering spot. His pull to family eventually brought him home launching Industrial 7, Redd Mechanical and Taylor Plumbing. Around 1983 Burke became cemetery sexton where he stayed for 10 years. He enjoyed his tenure with Grand County Cemetery District and took pride in helping families during their times of grief. Eventually, Burke returned to Taylor Plumbing-joining with J.J. Wang, Don Becker and Colin Fryer-to plumb Moab Valley Inn, Motel 6 and Red Cliffs Lodge. Burke’s life revolved around his family and helping those in need. He loved fishing, camping, hunting, gathering wood, sharing his wealth of knowledge with his kids as they built homes and running ‘Poppy’s Fix-It’ Shop. There was nothing this man couldn’t do!!!
Besides his siblings, wife and kids, Burke is survived by Grandkids-Tyson, Russell, Sy, Dwight, Tanner, Zachary, Jacob, Taylor, C.J., Chris, Rhiannon, Nicholas, Marlis, Brendan, Camron, Dustin and Easton; and Great-GrandKids: Jude(Russell) Benjamin and Maxwell(Tyson)
Service will be held November 14th at the Community Church at 11:00 a.m. This will be a ‘Celebration of Life’ as it was his wishes to be Cremated. There will be a short graveside service at Sunset Memorial Gardens to dedicate the ashes. A light luncheon to follow at Community Church.
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