Obituary of Robert W. Taylor
Loving Husband, Father, and Grandfather Robert Taylor passed away on April 12th, 2022, surrounded by loved ones. Born on October 25th, 1937, to Ruby Poulsen and Jack Taylor, Robert was 84 years of age at the time of his passing. Robert was born in Spokane, Washington but spent most of his childhood in Idaho. He Graduated from Hailey High School in 1956 where he formed lifelong friendships. In the same year, Robert joined the US Navy where he served on the USS Colahan before eventually serving in the 7th Fleet as the personal radioman to the fleet’s Admiral in Japan. Robert had a long career in Law Enforcement serving as a police officer in San Diego, CA and Boise, ID, and was a Deputy Sheriff in both the Ada County and Canyon County sheriff’s departments. Robert was an Asst Professor at Boise State University in the Criminal Justice department. He held a black belt in multiple Martial Arts and taught self-defense tactics to several government agencies. After moving to Oregon, Robert managed large-scale farms with hundreds of employees. During this time, he discovered a love of agriculture and later developed his own landscaping business which he had for many years until his retirement. He retired and moved to Lyle, Washington where he served as a volunteer firefighter and an active member of the community. He took his love of gardening and began a community garden with a group of neighbors, where he was especially proud of his tomatoes and irrigation system. Robert was happiest while he was spending time with his family and friends, fishing, and gardening. He loved to travel to Baja, Mexico each year with his wife Madelon of 44 years and made friends easily. Robert showed his children and grandchildren a valuable work ethic and brought fun and love to their lives. Robert is preceded in death by his sons Sam Taylor, Jerry Serfling, and Mike Weedman, brothers Jay Taylor, Jack Taylor and Pat Gibson. He is survived by his wife Madelon Taylor, his sisters Mary Roessler, Sally Shaw, Terry Taylor and brother Tag Gibson, his children Robin Weedman, Tami (John) Newhouse, Marjie (Tom) Hummel, William (Nila) Serfling, Devra Rooney, Lugene (Jim) Slaughter, Kenny Schmidt, Keith (Janet) Schmidt, his grandchildren and great grandchildren. Services will be held Thursday, May 19th, 2022, 2:00PM at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery. Family and friends are encouraged to gather at Idaho Pizza Company banquet room, 78 Eagle St., Eagle ID, 83616 following the ceremony. Memorial contributions can be made to High Prairie Fire Dist. #14, PO Box 853, Lyle, WA 98635.