Jon Michael Taylor, 70 of Raleigh, previously of Durham, North Carolina, passed away on Saturday, May 9th at 5:00 pm in his home surrounded by family and friends after the battle with a Glioblastoma brain tumor.
Mike was born in Seattle, Washington December 6, 1944 to Lorne G. Taylor (deceased) and Evelyn C. Taylor. He graduated from Annandale High School, Virginia: 1963, Southwood College, Salemburg,NC: 1967. In July 1968 he joined the United States Navy and served 2 years active duty, followed by 36 years of reserve duty. Mike was married June 1967 to his dedicated wife Karen Titus Taylor. After his active service in the Navy, they returned to Durham in which he worked from 1970-2001 for the Veterans Administration Hospital as director of the Animal Research Facility.
Throughout his life, he enjoyed many outdoor activities including, fishing, hunting, hiking, camping boating and gardening. Most people will remember Mike by his ever present smile and friendly, loving and jovial personality.
Mike is survived by his wife of 48 years: Karen Titus Taylor of Raleigh NC and their two daughters: Michele Taylor Lake and husband Joseph F. Lake Jr. of Hanover, Pennsylvania and their two sons: PV2 Bradley R. Lake (US Army) Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. And Zachary L. Lake of Hanover, Pa. Ginnie Taylor Platt and husband Christopher M. Platt and their three sons: Taylor W. Platt, Joshua M. Platt, and Alex C. Platt all of Brandon, Florida. Mother: Evelyn C. Taylor of Omak, Washington. Brother: Richard (Dick) L. Taylor and wife Linda of Tigard, Oregon. Sister-in-law: Mary Taylor of Portland, Oregon. One nephew: Kelly L. Taylor of Omak, Washington, and his son Kyle Taylor of Conconully, Washington. He is preceded in death by his father Lorne G. Taylor and brother: Terrald (Terry) N. Taylor.
A Celebration of Life with a Military Honor service and gathering will be held Wednesday May 13, 2015 from 5:00 pm-8:00 pm at Hall Wynne Funeral Service, 1113 West Main St., Durham, NC. Anyone wishing to say a few words will be welcome to do so. His ashes will be spread in Conconully, Washington at a later date.
Flowers will be accepted or Memorial contributions may be made in his name to: Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke University Medical Center: Box 3264 Durham, NC 27710 or Transitions Life Care (Hospice) of Wake County: 250 Hospice Circle Raleigh, NC 27607. Online condolences at www.hallwynne.com