David J. Taylor

Born: Mon., Mar. 14, 1960
Died: Sat., Feb. 26, 2011

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David J. Taylor - a resident of Pendleton died on Saturday, February 26, 2011, at his home. He was 50 years old. A Dressing Ceremony will be held on Monday, February 28, 2011 at 2:00 P.M. at Burns Mortuary Chapel in Pendleton, followed by procession to Agency Longhouse. Washat Services will be held Monday evening at 7:00 P.M. at the Longhouse. Sunrise Burial Services will begin at the Longhouse on Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at 7:00 A.M., followed by burial at Agency Cemetery. Contributions in memory of David Taylor may be made to the Pioneer Humane Society, and may be sent care of Burns Mortuary of Pendleton, PO Box 489, Pendleton, OR 97801. Send condolences at www.burnsmortuary.com Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is in charge of arrangements. David was born on March 14, 1960 in Pendleton, Oregon to Delbert Taylor and Lita Chapman. He was raised in Pendleton, and attended Pendleton schools until high school when he attended Chemawa Indian School in Salem, Oregon, where he graduated in 1978. After high school he enlisted into the United States Navy, where he served as a Navy Seal for several years. While in the Navy he traveled extensively. Following his discharge from the Navy, he lived in Alaska for many years. While there, he had worked as a Security Officer. He had been a Tribal Police Officer in Bethel, Alaska, for a time, and had owned his own janitorial business for Indian Health Services in Anchorage, Alaska. David returned to Pendleton, Oregon in the 1990's, where he remained until his death. He worked as a Drug and Alcohol Counselor for CTUIR for many years. David was always there to lend an ear to family and friends in their times of trouble - no matter what type. Never pushy, he would wait until someone asked for his advice. He was a very wise advisor, and a guide to everyone he knew. In 2006 David began working as a chef at the Traditions Buffet at Wildhorse Casino. He was very passionate about his cooking, and collected all kinds of kitchen gadgetry. He always had a strong work ethic and was rarely known to take a sick-day. In fact - he continued working until the beginning of this year, when illness prevented him from doing so. In March of 2005 he married Pearl Annette Lucero. David always had a soft spot for animals, especially his dogs - he always had a dog. He also cared for the neighborhood stray cats, he was a true caregiver. He also collected Coke-a-Cola memorabilia. He was also a very traditional man; hunting and fishing often when he was younger. David loved listening to drumming music. He often participated in the Indian Shaker Religion, and he had been ordained as minister at one time. David is survived by: his wife Pearl "Annette" Taylor, at the home in Pendleton, OR, a son Justin Hill of the Gervais, OR, area, three daughters: Diana Kennedy, Patricia Taylor and Virginia Hill and three grandchildren: Bernadette Kennedy, Shane Taylor and Matthew Hill, all of Gervais, OR, five brothers: Victor Bates, Virgil Bates, Lloyd Commander and Tom Pierre of Pendleton, OR, and Alvin Middleton of the Salem area, five sisters: Toni Bratlie, Matilda Pierre, Valerie Smith and Vicki Goodman, all of Pendleton, OR, and Marcella Jim of Celilo, OR, as well as many-many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, and many other extended family members, and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents: Lita Chapman and Delbert Taylor, and his sister little Lita LaGlaughlan, who died at the age of sixteen.

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Brandon Case
   Posted Mon February 28, 2011
David was a genuine nice guy who always cared for others and will be truly missed by several. RIP David J. Taylor.

Mary Holt
   Posted Mon February 28, 2011
I'm so sorry to hear about David. He was my favorite person to serve our meals in the employee break room at wildhorse. He will be greatly missed. My sympathy to you all

echo
   Posted Tue March 01, 2011
he will be missed he was loved by anyone who knew him u have my deepest condolences

echo
   Posted Tue March 01, 2011
he will be missed he was loved by anyone who knew him u have my deepest condolences

Gretchen Halfmoon
   Posted Tue March 01, 2011
David had the biggest heart and though he was a quiet man he had such strength. I enjoyed seeing David, he always brightened my day, and he had the most beautiful smile. I know that he is at peace now; my thoughts and prayers are with all his family and friends who feel his absence.

Julie Swanson
   Posted Tue March 01, 2011
An extraordinary smile, gleeful and near elven. So very sorry, to pass too soon.

Steve Bushman
   Posted Tue March 01, 2011
Sorry to hear about David. Thoughts and prayers are being sent for your family.

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