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September 29, 2015

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In Loving Memory

On September 24, 2015, the Masons of California met at the San Diego Scottish Rite Masonic Center to pay their final tribute of affection to Worshipful Brother Donald Ray Taylor, Sr., born on April 24, 1940 and entered into rest on September 18, 2015 at the age of 75 years, 4 months and 24 days

Worshipful Don was the son of Edgar and Fay Taylor and was born in San Bernardino, California. A resident of Pacific Beach since 1943, he graduated from Mission Bay High School in 1958.

Don married his high school sweetheart, Lee Ann, in 1959. Together they raised two daughters, Dawn (“Kit”) and Deann (“Randy”), and one son, Don Jr. (“Michelle”). In addition to his wife and children, Don leaves behind seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Don served in the USMC and was employed at San Diego G&E for 40 years before retiring. He and Lee Ann later worked for Southwest Power for five years.

Don became a Master Mason in 1965 and served as Master of Mission Bay Lodge No. 771 in 1983. He served the Grand Lodge of California as a member of the Masonic Homes Endowment and Masonic Youth Orders Committees from 1996-2002, Assistant Grand Tiler from 2001-2004 and Grand Tiler from 2004 to 2014. Don was also a member of San Diego Masonic Lodge and Joseph L. Shell Daylight Masonic Lodge, was a 33rd Degree Mason in the San Diego Scottish Rite, a member of Al Bahr Shrine and many other related Masonic organizations. For his service to Masonry he was awarded the Hiram Award (the highest award a Masonic Lodge can bestow upon one of its members) and the Golden Veteran’s Award for 50 years of committed service to the Fraternity.

Much of what Don did for this fraternity was rarely seen or noticed. He was content to work in the background in an effort to ensure successful events for all those he worked for. Whether it was working within his own lodges, or within the Scottish Rite, or even the Grand Lodge, Don's background supporting role became critical to the success of any event that he was involved in. When you arrived at an event and noticed how beautiful it was, or how well it was prepared, it was due to Don's tireless efforts behind the scenes.

As we paid tribute to Don's life and the positive impact he had on each of our lives, we also celebrate his advancement to the Supreme Grand lodge where he is working behind the scenes in support the Great Architect of the Universe in the Celestial Grand Lodge above to ensure each of us is loved and protected until we meet again: Until then, dear brother, until then, farewell!

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