John A. Taylor Jr. CPA
06/02/1948 to 08/29/2015 on earth
08/29/2015 to FOREVER in the mountains!
John Taylor, 67, was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, uncle, brother, friend, son, math genius/CPA, mentor, outdoorsman, cancer warrior, handyman, griller, dog lover, hiker, and much much more. He is survived by his wife Karen, his children: Jeff and Katie, his grandchildren: Cara, Ashanti and Jaycen, niece Candy and great nephew Ryan.
Sarcoma, a rare aggressive cancer, is what took John from us too early. He fought it and he fought hard against this nasty cancer for 3 years. His strength and bravery were never more prominent, not even on the highest mountain that he climbed. He was a true warrior in his battle with cancer.
John was born on June 2nd 1948 to Mary Francis and John Taylor Sr. He graduated from Wyandotte High School in 1966 and continued on to KU (Rock Chalk Jayhawk), where he would meet his wife Karen.
He became a CPA and started his own business crunching numbers and creating a fabulous circle of clients who quickly became lifelong friends. He loved his career and was good at it. John and Karen tied the knot on June 13th 1970. They traveled all over the world, seeing and enjoying what the world had to offer them. They went on to adopt 2 children, Jeff in 1979 and Katie in 1982.
John did what he loved and loved what he did. He lived life to the fullest and accomplished so many things throughout his life amd always found something new to accomplish. He enjoyed all types of activities. Hiking was his all time favorite! He wanted to hike in as many places as he could and see all the natural beauty the land had to offer, and he did. He was one with nature.
He lived his life how he wanted to. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and taking them places. Letting them see the world through his eyes. Teaching them what he knew about life.
He will be greatly missed by all the people who love him and were close to him. He touched many lives throughout his years and his legacy will live on.
John, lace up those boots and enjoy those mountains in the sky!
In lieu of flowers, the family requests for donations to be made to sarcomaalliance.org to help further sarcoma cancer research.
Memorial Service will be held September 19th, 2015 at 10:00am at the Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Garden in the Amphitheater. 8909 W. 179 St. Overland Park, KS 66013