Taylor
Johnson, Taylor Andrew a 17 year resident of Torrance , passed away on Wednesday, August 7, 2002 in Torrance. Born in Culver City, October 13, 1984, Taylor was 17. He is survived by his parents, C.R. and Karen Johnson formerly of Torrance, recently relocated to Bakersfield; brother Collin Johnson; sisters Chelsea Johnson and Karena Johnson; half-brother Lieb(Stacie) Johnson of Bloomington, IL; half-sisters, Miett (Terry) Boyer of Tuscola, IL, Jada (Olen) Frahm of Tuscola, IL and Tara Johnson of Visalia, CA; along with his grandparents Dennis and Joanne Beyersdorff of Torrance and his great-grandmother Alene Cooper of Torrance. Visitation will be Sunday, August 11th from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm at White and Day Colonial Mortuary in Redondo Beach. Services will be Monday, August 12th at 1:00 pm at White and Day Colonial Mortuary. Burial will follow at Green Hills Memorial Park in Rancho Palos Verdes.

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  1. Hi, I don\’t think anyone in California knows me, but I knew Taylor, he was my best friend online. I only knew him for 8 months, but in the little time I knew him we became very close. I miss him greatly and I wish I would have found out about him passing away sooner(I found out on the 14th). My thoughts and prayers are with Taylor\’s family and friends, God bless you all.

  2. damn tay, i knew you for such a short time, i really hope that you really did acept christ. because then i would be able to give you a hug when i got to heaven. i remember the day we had that sparing match in the middle of winter, everyone thought that we were actually fighting but then thy ramon there watching us. the was a big crowd watching us at the end to. this is my fonest memory. damn tay.

  3. I didn\’t know Tay for long, only a little more than a year, but he was one of my dearest friends. I will always remember his elmo laugh that scared Jan in chorus, him and Matt sparing at school, his trench coat, and many other things. Taylor, you will be dearly missed.

  4. Hi Everyone, This wants me to share some memories and happy times about Taylor, I have one that stands out more than any before and that was the night I first met him, He was working at Albertsons and it was like 30 mins before he got off and Randy, My friend went to talk to him and we all waited. Taylor said to me later that we were all stupid for it but I knew he was joking, Taylor took us back to his place where he dressed in his normal Black clothing and Trench. We all kicked back at the field next to my house and had a great time. I can tell you so much more but there is just not enough room on the Internet for it. Whoever ereads this will read that I loved Taylor as a Brother and I lost him quicker than anything else in my life and people tell me Mourning is a selfish emotion and Taylor wouldnt want it, so I am wiping my tears and hoping he will always be with us all, Pray for Stregnth for the people involved (Including me), Pray for the Family for healing and comfort and most of all Pray that Taylor found Christ and is living in Paradise…Thank you all. Taylor is in my heart always.

  5. Well for me, I only knew him for a short time, but within the short time that I knew him I got to know him well. He had such a wonderful personality. When I found out that we had lost him I was in such shock, and even now I still am. You think that something like this could never happen to you. To lose a friend so fast, but it makes you love life so much more. It makes you think that you have to live life up, before its too late. We will all miss Taylor so very much. Love you lots. *HUGS* Love/always Shay

  6. I only knew Taylor for a short time. From what I knew he was a sweet guy and very friendly. I will never forget the day me and my friends met him. It is a funny story actually. But I will always remember him no matter what.He was my friend and I wish I would of got to known him better. It was a shock to me when my brother told me the news. Of course I didn\’t believe it at first. I miss him a lot and no matter what he will always be in my heart and everyone eles hearts. He was a wonderful person. Its going to be weird foe most people with him not around. Just remember he is in your heart always.

  7. Dear CR, Karen, Collin, Chelsea, & Karena, I just wanted to offer you all my deepest sympathy at this time for the loss of your son/brother. I was reading my Bible tonight and wanted to share with you something that I hope will help to comfort you at this time. Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. Isaiah 41:10 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. Matthew 5:4 May God be with you and Bless You at this time and always! Taylor, With a guitar in hand, keep practicing Led Zepplins Stairway To Heaven so when we meet again you can play the “whole” song for me! Sincerly, Donna.

  8. CR and Karen, I wanted to tell you both how sorry I am to hear of the tragic loss of your son Taylor. Though I have never met Taylor and only met you briefly, I work for Ray Millman who recently sold your house in Torrance, it certainly doesn\’t make your loss any less tragic. Please know that your family is in my heart, in my thoughts, and in my prayers. Sincerely, Kathy Gaisford

  9. I have know Talyor every since he was a sophomore at West. He has been one of my friends since then. I remember the times that we shared laughs in drama class and the times that we hung out during our breaks and lunches. Taylor you will be missed by everyone.

  10. To the family of Taylor…I have never met Taylor.I drive down Hawthorne Blvd. I saw Taylors memorial Sat morning. For a split second, he looked like my nephew who will be 17 in November. I can never imagine the amount of pain that everyone is going through but I know the good Lord will carry you in this time of sadness. My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Taylor.

  11. Taylor was a delightful young man who made us laugh and was full of life. We\’ll see you in Heaven Taylor. LY GBY BB

  12. Something that TAylor said once: I need to be with you, I want to get away So I use your words to get me through my day She says Everythings going to be allright. Everything\’s gonna be ok I will always be with you Even when I\’m far away. When I\’m far away Far Away – Taylor

  13. Dear Johnson Family, I am truly sorry (and so is everyone else here) because of what happened. We were on vacation when we got the news Thursday 🙁 My mom says that she wishes to share this memory – When Taylor and I were together (A whole year and a half boy!) there was one night, (I think on my birthday) we took him to Black Angus and had a great meal. Taylor decided to make his own steak sauce out of everything on the table and make us all try some 🙂 We all did. It was great and we all laughed. 🙂 Me personally, I think the memory that will always stay with me, is when I first met him… I was fifteen (he was 14 then) and I was at a youth night at HCG. He was loud and immediately caught my attention. LOL, needless to say, feeling like a loner and/or outcast, he made me feel right at home. And I\’ll admit I DID like him then. 🙂 He made me want to come back the next day to the Thirty Hour Famine and when I did, he was there waiting. Our little adventure THAT night was very neat becoming friends and knowing that soon we may be a bit more. One thing I\’ll never forget was that the next day, while doing our service project, CR, (Taylor\’s dad) saw us together and said, “YOu\’d think that they had grown up together…” It was true too. I felt I had known him a while. Well, we had a year and a half of friendship, and I was his girlfriend, but sadly it ended not so well. Luckily, recently, I was begining to know him again as a friend… Then… this… (Shakes head sadly) For CR, and Karen, Karena and Collin and Chelsea… I ALWAYS loved you all, and never stopped praying for you. At times, I will admit, I still miss you guys, and am SOOO sorry for this tradgedy. I loved your son, and I loved all of you. I still do, and hope that your lives will be well – (I might come back and write in here more, but I know I\’ve already taken up more space than is neccesary :P) Jesus peace to all… In prayers, Author Lisa Romano…

  14. To Taylors Family…I read about his accident in the newspaper and even though I wasn\’t blessed to know him, I want you to know how sorry I am for your loss of this precious boy. I read all the tributes to him and am deeply touched by everything everyone has to say about this fine young man. Just wanted to thank you all for sharing a little about his life with all of us. May God forever bless him and may his precious angel wings flutter high above and watch out for all his friends and family. Again, thanks for sharing….

  15. We would like to extend our deepest sympathy for your loss. We cannot imagine the pain of losing a child and our hearts and thoughts are with all of you at this time. God bless you all. Randy, Christy, Katie & Kristen

  16. We would like to extend our deepest sympathy for your loss. We cannot imagine the pain of losing a child and our hearts and thoughts are with all of you at this time. God bless you all. Randy, Christy, Katie & Kristen

  17. CR and Karen I am so sorry to hear of your loss. CR, you are a wonderful man and I know your son was blessed with a great loving life/Now his legacy will live on within you and your family! My thoughts and prayers are with you. Take care. Tami Fay

  18. C.R and Karen, I\’m so sorry to hear about your son\’s death. Please take comfort in the knowledge that Taylor is with our Lord and Father in Heaven. You will one day be together again. Joanne

  19. I met Taylor only a few times, the most memorable being when he was a volunteer for our CERT drills at Lexus HQ. He was charming, amusing, and definitely a standout in a crowd. I\’m sure you were very proud of his accomplishments. CR, I\’ve come to you on one more than one occasion for “parenting advice.” You and Karen are clearly devoted to your family and Michael and I send our deepest regrets for this tragedy. We all know there is a greater story to be told, and Taylor is on to his next journey. Stay strong and stay close, Love Michael and Eileen Antalis

  20. Dear Taylor\’s Family, God is love and God loves your son Taylor so very much. We all know it\’s hard to feel anything but sorrow, but just know that Taylor is alright and happy in the kingdom of Heaven. Our prayers are with you always.

  21. C.R. & Karen….My thoughts are with you. May god bless you and keep you safe during this difficult time. May all the memories of Taylor live forever in your hearts.

  22. My deepest sympathies, CR to you and your family. No words can ease your pain, but my prayers are with you and your loved ones. May God bless you and your family. Love, Sheri

  23. “Perhaps they are not stars, but rather openings in Heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy.” (Inspired by an Eskimo legend) Dear CR, My deepest sympathy to you and your family. I can only imagine the pain & sorrow you have endured but I know that your faith and family are keeping you strong and able to get through this difficult time. I think about my own children and hope that they have the same kindness & compassion in their hearts the same way Taylor had in his heart. For such a young person, your son sounds like a wonderful human being and although I\’ve never had the pleasure of meeting him, just the stories about him have deeply touched me. Keeping you and your family in my thoughts and in my heart.

  24. Dear CR, I am very sorry to hear of your son\’s passing. May the Lord comfort you and your family during this time. Sincerely, Ann Wu

  25. I hope your strong faith in God will help you accept this great loss. I know how much you will miss cycling with Taylor; you are a good father. Fondly, Maria

  26. Dear C.R., Karen, Collin, Chelsea & Karena, My heart is broken for you. I am so sorry you have to live through this. I was hoping to be with you today, but wasn\’t able to be there. To this day, when I think of Taylor, I see a little boy, full of spunk, playing Grandma\’s piano. I was always taken back to see such a tall, handsome, kind, intelligent and loving young man where that little boy used to be. He seemed to grow up overnight! You are a such wonderful family, with exceptional children. I have been blessed for knowing you all. I love you all very much. Even so….come quickly Lord Jesus!

  27. I\’m very sorry for such an unpredictable situation. The strength of your family will be necessary to focus on your son\’s positive and happy experiences. My heart goes out to you and your family. God bless.

  28. Taylor, I still have a picture of the two of us hanging on my wall, at my baptism where you were bending down to be at height with me though you were still alot taller. I have alot of memories of us, teaching the kids together at church, they always did look up to you the most i hope the faith you inspired in them is still in you, I believe it is. Thank you for that Sunday when I came to church almost in tears, you came to me and just sat next to me and told me that you cared. I will always remember that time in youth group when we played that newspaper game, you never did get me, but you did keep me running. I miss you Taylor, and I will never forget you, I have always loved you. To his family, CR, Karen, Chelsea, Karena, I love you all, and I am keeping you in my prayers, you are a wonderful family of wonderful people. I am glad I got to know you all. With Love, Veronika Rae

  29. Karen and CR, Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this horrible time. Please let us know if there is any way that we can help. We\’re praying for you and your kids. Theresa

  30. Something else that Taylor once wrote: Calmer Walking on the beach The wind whistles around my face. It rustles my hair like A giant blow-drier. Except calmer. Walking on the beach The cries of seagulls in The distance fighting over food. Like a huge orchestra Playing a song just for me. Except calmer. Walking on the beach The scent of salt and Seaweed pack into my nose. Like a giant pot of salt boiling To make a special seafood oil. Except calmer. Walking on the beach The wet sand beneath Me laps at my feet as The millions of little bubbles kiss my feet. Just like a raging miniature waterfall. Except calmer.

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