The Taylors were among Grand County’s first cattlemen, establishing themselves in the area in 1881, and as a fifth generation rancher, D.L. spent his summers in the La Sal Mountains where his family raised cattle and sheep. He graduated from Grand County High School as the 1949 class valedictorian and married his high school sweetheart, Colleen Holyoak, in 1952. D.L. then attended the University of Utah and later transferred to Colorado A&M, where he graduated with high distinction with a degree in animal husbandry and production. While attending Colorado A&M, D.L. enrolled in the ROTC, and upon graduation, he served as a lieutenant in the Army during the Korean War. After his discharge, D.L. returned to Moab with his family.
Throughout his life, D.L. carried a sense of responsibility and duty to his family, his country, and his community. Moab was his home, and he felt concern for the well-being of the town. He helped establish the ambulance service while he was on the Grand County Commission. While serving on the Allen Memorial Hospital Board, he helped initiate the extended care unit. He was involved in the establishment of Ken’s Lake while he was serving on Grand County Water Conservancy District, of which he was a director for many years. He also served on the Southeast Regional Advisory Council with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, on the Moab Historical Preservation Committee and on the Grand County Planning and Zoning Board.
D.L. dedicated much of his life to the legacy he inherited and the land and animals that he loved. He was always looking to improve the land, leaving the range and the ranch in the best condition for the future. Because of his diligence, he received much recognition. In 1985, the Utah Section of the Society for Range Management awarded him “Rancher of the Year.” The State of Utah presented D.L. with a “Utah Century Farm and Ranch” award in 1991, and in 1995 the Grand County Soil Conservation District awarded the Taylors the “Conservation Family of the Year.” He served in various positions including the presidency of the Southeastern Utah Cattlegrowers Association, on the Moab District Grazing Advisory Board, on the National Cattlemen’s Association Public Lands Council and as vice president of the Utah Cattlemen’s Association, who later awarded him, “Cattleman of the Year.”
D.L. wore many hats over the years he spent forging his legacy. No matter which hat he wore, he made the world around him a little better, and the tradition of hard work, honesty, and integrity will pass from him down through his family for years to come.
D.L. is survived by his wife of 66 years, Colleen; three children — Don (Tracy) Taylor, Dee (Tammy) Taylor, and Kelly; his brother Jeff (Pam) Taylor; his sister Suzanne (Andy) Hood; five grandchildren — Ryan (Nichole) Taylor, Mike (Heather) Taylor, Dylan (Heather) Taylor, Morgan (Tyler) Harris, and Ben Taylor; eight great-grandchildren with one more soon to come; and many close friends. D.L. is preceded in death by his parents, Lester and Helen, and two brothers.
The cowboy rode away, but the ride hasn’t ended.
At D.L. and Colleen’s request, there will be a memorial service scheduled later in the year. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the D.L. Taylor Memorial, Utah Cattlemen’s Association, 150 South 600 East No. 10-B, Salt Lake City, UT 84102.
You may send condolences to the family at www.spanishvalleymortuary.com.