Gaylord Taylor was born on December 6th, 1909. Gaylord moved from Oklahoma In October, 1941 with wife Dorotha, daughter, Carolyn and twin boys, Robert and Rodney. They rented a small house on 33rd Street in Manhattan Beach. In December, 1941 World War II started, and Gaylord went to work for North American Aircraft, helping to build the P51 Mustang, and the B25 Mitchell Bomber. He worked for North American Aircraft until 1956. Then his wife Dorotha and he bought Clark's Launderette in Manhattan Beach in 1956. They operated that laundry until 1975. With the death of his wife, he retired from the laundry business. In 1978, he met and married Louise Barlup from Gardena, CA. They were married until her death in 1995. From that point on, Gaylord and his stepson, Alan Barlup lived together in Gardena until his death, October 12, 2006. He was just two months shy of his 97th birthday. At the time of his passing, he was surrounded by his 3 children, stepson, Alan, six grandchildren, and six great grandchildren. He is survived by daughter, Carolyn Leland, son's Robert and Rodney Taylor, stepson, Alan Barlup, his grandchildren and great grandchildren. We are grateful to have had him in our lives for so many years and he will be greatly missed by his family and friends. We love you Dad!

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  1. Gaylord Taylor, known to us as Great Grandad, was the rock in our family and will be missed greatly. He was a simple humble man with a distaste for injustice and dishonesty. He was the most loyal man I have ever met. He lived through the toughest of times; the death of 2 wives (whom he loved and stayed faithful to till the day they each passed), the physical loss of his son to Alzheimers, job recessions, the toils of labor to name a few. However, he was not a bitter man but a grateful man for he recognized the blessings he had been bestowed and always moved forward never relinquishing to life’s occasional harshness. He has left us a legacy that I am proud to be a part of. May we learn from his work ethic, loyalty, generousity, faithfulness, and his unflinching commitment to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

  2. My memories of my Grandfather were bike rides on the beach, a turtle he had on the back porch and over 30 years of family gatherings and holiday. Through all his years of healthy living he always seem sharp, energetic and never changing.. it felt like he would be in my life together. I am very sad he will not get to see his great-grandson due next April. I shall miss him very much. Love you Grandad!

  3. We never had a chance to meet Gaylord, but always heard many good things about him from my dear friend Marlene.

  4. Our sympathy to the family. Gaylord was one of the sharpest men I’ve known. He had a great sense of humor and was so proud of all of his family. His stregnth and kindness to all will be surly missed.

  5. I am Sheri, the 2nd born grandchild born to Gaylord Taylor. Even though he was 96, in a child like way I thought he would live forever. Words cannot express how much I and will continue to miss him for the rest of my life until we are reunited in heaven. Thank you for all of your unconditional love and support. You are the best Granddad that anyone could have asked for!! I love you very much!

  6. We hope this kind, caring man is resting well and peacefully. Our sincerest sympathy to all of his family – we know how greatly he will be missed.

  7. My name is Heather and I am one of Granddad’s grandchildren. Like Sheri, I thought he would be here on earth with me forever. For all my life, no matter what his age, he seemed the same to me. Granddad was always so sharp, talkative and full of life. Though it’s painful now, I know he is in a better place with Jesus and I will see him again one day.

  8. I learned much from Gaylord, and his wife Dorotha, who helped me make my wedding dress. During his “sheparding” time here on Earth, he truly was one of God’s finest angels. A simple messenger with wit and clarity that inspired the rising of the “better” in all of us. To my Birthday Buddy I say, Godspeed. To Frankie, Sheri, Carolyn, Mike and Alan I say, You’re the Best of his remaining legacy! —Love, Lorraine

  9. Gaylord was a class act. He was always happy and smiling and always made us feel special in his life. His sense of humor was tremendous and we will greatly miss him. Your family has lost a very unique person. I am so touched that he always treated my sister Marlene Taylor like a daughter. He had a special appreciation for her devotion to Rodney all his years of illness. Our love goes out to all of you. Joe & Marcia Kohler

  10. Being married to your son for many years. I have been honored to be treated like one of your own family. You have always been there for all of us. I’m so glad you are finally reunited with Nana. I will truly miss you and your sence of humor. Remember, I love you the most! Marlene Taylor and Rodney too.

  11. Having been an active member of the Taylor family for 38 years, all my early family memories include Gaylord and Dortha as my beloved in-laws. Gaylord was a source of strength and wisdon for all. I know he is in a beauiful place with Nana. I pray for the same strength and peace for the family.

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