Jack was born in Moab on March 20, 1929 to Arthur Alonzo and Estella Newell Taylor, the youngest of nine children. Soon after graduation in Moab, he moved to Grand Junction with his mother and sister Evelyna, only to meet the love of his life, Zoa Harris. They married in 1949 and enjoyed 68 years of marriage. Two daughters were born to them, Paula Jarvis, who is deceased, and Jan Wilson. The family was blessed with six grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren. Their marriage was solemnized in the Mesa Arizona Temple in 1972.
Jack and Zoa moved around due to his profession as a supervisor in the milling industry. Jack was a self-made man, starting out at Climax as a laborer, and then worked in Green River, Wyo., Hobbs, New Mexico, and Trona, California in the uranium, potash and soda ash industries. His crowning achievement was construction of the Solvay Soda Ash Plant in Green River, Wyo. that was built under his direct supervision.
Jack was a member of the LDS Church, serving positions as Boy Scout leader, ward counselor and as an ordinance worker in the Provo Utah Temple. He also served a six-month mission at the Missionary Training Center in Provo and a two-year mission in the Bishop’s Storehouse in Grand Junction.
Jack was a jack-of-all-trades and master of none. There was nothing he couldn’t fix, and it had to look good too. He enjoyed carpentry, gardening and service to others. But the thing he enjoyed most was his family. His grandkids and great-grandkids were his delight.
His remaining family includes wife Zoa and daughter Jan, grandchildren Jack Jarvis (Marie), Mindi Wilson Allen (Brad), Zoa Jarvis, Lisa Jarvis, Tim Wilson, Weston Wilson and his beloved great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 7 at Fruitvale, Colo. LDS chapel with a viewing at 9 a.m. Interment will be at Moab Grand Valley Cemetery on Friday, Dec. 8 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers the family sincerely wishes for donations to be made to HopeWest or Alzheimer’s disease research.