In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Kristopher Taylor Education Fund or to High Hopes and left at the funeral home.
Donald Joe Taylor, age 51, of El Dorado Springs, Missouri, passed away at the home of his sister, Marilyn and Jim Mitts on Wednesday morning, May 7, 2014, where he was cared for during his brave struggle against cancer. Donald was born January 23, 1963, to Clarence A. and Dixie Lee (Christianson) Taylor. Donald attended El Dorado Springs School while growing up.
After the loss of his mother, his father remarried to Norma J. Taylor accompanied by her four daughters. There Donald grew up the only boy and the youngest of seven children. Donald was mischievous as a boy and never outgrew it; he also had a great sense of humor. He would tease his sisters and they would pick on him.
Donald was a jack-of-all-trades like his father. He loved to fix things, or invent something to get the job done. If you needed some limbs cut up or some other help, he was right there with his chainsaw. Donald loved to hunt, fish, and camp. He was never far from his fishing pole or his hunting rifle. He taught his sisters and sons to walk through the brush without making a sound and spooking whatever he was hunting. You never saw him without his baseball cap on and probably a cup of coffee or tools in his hands. Donald loved his children and family more than anything in the world. His Dad greatly influenced him, teaching him how to repair a motor or weld a piece of metal in place.
Donald was a regular guy who went through some hard times, but came out on top due to the love of family and the Lord. Donald came to the Lord late in his life, but was at peace as the Lordís love filled him. He had been baptized while in the hospital in Bolivar.
Preceding Donald in death was his mother, Dixie Lee (Christianson) Taylor.
Survivors include his father, Clarence A. and stepmother, Norma J. Taylor; sisters: Betty L. and Sam Gooden and family of El Dorado Springs, MO; Pamela Forest of El Dorado Springs, MO; Sandi Bouchard and family of San Antonio, TX; Cheri and Greg Allison and family of El Dorado Springs, MO; Terri and Shane Carver and family of Monte Vista, CO; Marilyn and Jim Mitts and family of El Dorado Springs, MO; his five children: Brian Hearting and his wife, Frances and family of Rockville, MO; Amanda Dines of Sheldon, MO; Lisa Hearting, Kristopher Taylor of El Dorado Springs, MO; Larissa Taylor of El Dorado Springs; and quite a few grandchildren.
Funeral services for Donald Taylor were held on Monday, May 12, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. at Bland Hackleman Chapel with David Studer officiating. Music was selected by the family. Interment followed in El Dorado Springs Cemetery under the direction of Bland-Hackleman Funeral Home.
Pallbearers were Jim Mitts, Brian Hearting, Johnny Taylor, Greg Allison and Ian Allison.