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Obituary for Owen Mitchell Taylor
Owen Mitchell Taylor, known as Mitchell to his family and Mike to most everyone else, was born the middle child of thirteen on February 19, 1922, in Orange, Texas. He died peacefully November 15, 2016, surrounded by family.
He was inducted into the Army December 10, 1942, and discharged 3 years, 13 days later, in time to make it home early Christmas Eve morning, 1945. The year the service gave him in Hawaii was one of the highlights of his Texas country boy youth and he frequently said the view of the underside of the Golden Gate Bridge coming back was the best sight. On his return, he drove trucks, pumped gas and built ships. In January 1949, he married Ruth Koopmann of Pleasanton, California. In 1956 he and Ruth moved their family to her hometown where he went to work for Kaiser Sand and Gravel as an Operating Engineer welder. The Livermore years were spent raising the two kids, involvement in his church and producing phenomenal produce from a backyard garden. Upon his retirement in 1981, they returned to Texas. The highlight of those years was the 5 acre Hemphill property where he "gardened" an entire acre after clearing it and building a home. When that got too much, he and Ruth moved back to the Orange area where he still "gardened" a small farm. In 1984 his son produced the first of four grandchildren. Those babies were the only thing that could pull him out of Texas. The first move was to the Sierra foothills followed by the final move to Denver.
He was predeceased by his wife Ruth in 2009 and his son Glenn earlier this year. He is survived by his daughter Judy, his four grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, his brother Clarence Leon Taylor of Kirbyville, Texas, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was a man of profound faith, beloved by many, respected by all and will be sorely missed.