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David Woodsen Taylor
July 23, 1953 ~ January 24, 2024 (age 70) 70 Years Old
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Woody Taylor passed away peacefully in Denver, Colorado on Wednesday, the 24th of January 2024. He was 70 years old. Woody was born on the 20th of July, 1953, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the youngest of three children born to Robert Connell Taylor of Baton Rouge, and Josephine Nash Taylor, of Kaufman, Texas. He faced many challenges throughout his life primarily with his health. In recent years he struggled with more serious conditions and illnesses.
Growing up in Baton Rouge, Woody graduated from Episcopal High School. He had a near photographic memory for facts, was a walking geographic encyclopedia and a prolific reader of history. Later in life he would embrace a love for the Japanese language and culture, gaining him a like-minded group of friends in Denver and taking him on several trips to Japan. He even became a certified ESL teacher. He found camaraderie in the Japan America Society of Colorado as well as the Sons of Confederate Veterans.
Woody attended summer camp at Cimmaroncita in Ute Park, New Mexico and there is where he fell in love with the state. After high school, he attended New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas and graduated from the University of Albuquerque. He settled in Santa Fe where he lived for many happy years. In 1996 he moved to Denver where he found a supportive community of friends. The Episcopal Church was essential to Woody throughout his life, and in 2014 he found a spiritual home at Saint Gabriel The Archangel Episcopal Church, where he was a participant in the Solo Angels. There he received friendship, compassion, and support in every phase of his life, especially as his health declined. The family would like to thank The Reverend Chris Ditzenberger, Rector, The Reverend E.J. Rivet, and the supportive faith community at St. Gabriel Church.
He is survived by his sister, Michaux Thomas and husband Bill, niece Liza Evans of Austin, Texas, nephews Noble Evans of Houston, Texas and Nash Evans of Ashland, Oregon, his many cousins in Texas and Louisiana and his devoted friends Rob Pollack and Hal Grass. Woody will be missed by all of those whose lives he touched.
Friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service which will take place Friday, February 23, 2024, at 2:00 PM at St Gabriel Episcopal Church, 6190 E Quincy Ave, Englewood, CO 80111. There will be a reception immediately following the service.
The family suggests with gratitude that memorial contributions be directed to St. Gabriel Episcopal Church. Online giving may be accessed at www.stgabriels.org/onlinegiving