Darryl K. Taylor, formerly of Strasburg, currently residing in Red Lion, PA, died Friday, March 25, of complications from a fall at York WellSpan Hospital. He was born on December 13, 1938 at the age of 83 in Lewistown, PA.
Darryl was the son of the late Paul and Marion (Wertz) Taylor of Reedsville, PA. The husband of Patricia J. (Dippery) Taylor, to whom he was married for 64 years. The two went to first grade together and graduated from Lewistown High School in 1956.
Darryl holds a degree in Business Administration/Accounting from Franklin & Marshall College. After college, Darryl began a successful 33-year career with Armstrong World Industries.
In addition to his beloved wife Patricia, Darryl is survived by son Jeffrey Taylor, husband of Theresa of Strasburg, daughter Joni Baldwin, wife of John, Red Lion, and son Kevin Taylor, husband of Melissa, of Roswell, Georgia. Darryl also leaves behind four grandchildren: Shannon Raper (Wesley), Taylor Baldwin, Ian Taylor and Chloe Taylor, and great-grandchildren Emma Raper and Jase Raper. Darryl is also survived by two brothers: Stuart Taylor, husband of Jan, Carlisle, PA, and Roger Taylor, husband of Darlene, of Bluffton, South Carolina.
The Taylors raised their children in Strasburg, where Darryl served on the Strasburg Planning Commission for 11 years. During his tenure he was chairman of the commission. He also served on the council for four years. He was on the Boy Scout Committee and a member of the Strasburg Jaycees. Darryl was President of the Xanadu Condominium Association in Ocean City, Maryland, where they owned a unit together and spent many pleasant summers hosting their friends and family. Darryl was also a member of Lancaster’s Lamberton Masonic Lodge No. 476 for 18 years.
Patricia and Darryl enjoyed touring England, Hawaii and the states of New England and spent many weeks with close friends on Hilton Head Island.
His youngest son Kevin said it best when he wrote: “We mourn the loss of the father who above all taught the three of us the values of hard work, community, respect and family. A devoted husband of 64 years. Loyal friend and brilliant wordsmith. He loved the water whether he was sailing it, fishing it or just sitting next to it. He loved music and there was always something being played or talked about.”
Darryl, who is of Protestant faith, made the world a better place and will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved him. The word that best described him was “noble”.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to Masonic Children’s Home, 1 Masonic Drive, Elizabethtown, PA 17022.
Private services are held at the convenience of the family.