Lt. Colonel Dalton Taylor
February 5, 1938 to May 17, 2018
On Thursday, May 17, 2018, Dalton Taylor entered through the gates of Heaven to be with his Lord, Savior and Creator, Jesus Christ, after a long and courageous battle with Parkinson’s Disease. Dalton was born in Gradyville, KY on February 5, 1938. Colonel Taylor dedicated his life to serving God, his family, and as a decorated veteran and hero, served his country, which he loved so much, 33 years in the US Air Force. Colonel Taylor enlisted in the Air Force in San Antonio, in 1955, completing his Basic Training at Lackland Air Force Base. Colonel Taylor then began his career as a pilot, upon completing flight school. Colonel Taylor served his country through two tours during the Vietnam War flying B-52 Bombers. He continued his career in significant leadership posts, commanding positions in Aviation, Military Intelligence, Training & Instruction, stationed at Castle AFB, Washington DC, Hickam AFB Hawaii, which most notably culminated to a distinguished position and honor; as a United Nations Joint Services Armistice Affairs, Political & Military Liaison Officer, at Yongsan Army Post, Seoul Korea. There he served as a liaison and negotiator on the DMZ, between South Korea and North Korea. Colonel Taylor, later returned to San Antonio to serve at Kelly AFB at the US Air Force distinguished Electronic Security Command. Colonel Taylor retired from the Air Force in 1989, and later continued to serve his country by passing on his knowledge, expertise and passion for this country and freedom, by developing young people to carry the torch for this country. He dedicated his remaining years by beginning two High School ROTC programs in Bakersfield, CA and most recent at Oak Ridge HS in Houston, TX. He has touched numerous lives through is life lessons and mantra of “Duty, Honor, Country”. He inspired, motivated and educated hundreds of young people to believe in themselves, achieve dreams through education and give back to this country he loved so much.
He is survived by his devoted and loving wife, Yadira Taylor, through who her own illness, never wavered in her love and devotion to him. She never left his side, to ensure his comfort, as they cared for each other through ongoing illness’, she ensured his last wishes were honored through the end, bringing him home to San Antonio, where he first began his life and love of military service, surrounded by his family, died peacefully at home.
He was blessed with an extensive loving and dedicated family, his sister, Ruth Moss; his five children, Sons; Scott Taylor, partner, Nela Bennett; Troy Taylor, wife, Dawn, Son, Erik Taylor. Daughters, Belkiss Rodriguez and Juli Silva. Ten grandchildren, Judd, Scotty, Brianna, Christian, Nicholas, Raven, Zachary, Jenna, Anthony, and Taylor. Three great grandchildren, Jacob, Olive and Andrea who all adored him, will be forever touched by his legacy, and will continue to carry his love forevermore.
On Thursday, May 24th at 6:00 PM, an Evening Service will be held at Porter Loring on McCullough. On Friday, May 25th at 3:00 PM, a Military Service will be held at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery. On Saturday, May 26th at 4:00 PM, a Church Service will be held at Gateway Baptist Church in Spring, TX. Interment will be in Jones Chapel Cemetery in Columbia, Kentucky.
Funeral May 29,2018 at 1:00 PM AT Stotts-Phelps-McQueary Funeral Home
Visitation after 10:00 AM Tuesday
Burial will be in the Jones Chapel Cemetery in Columbia
Stotts-Phelps-McQueary Funeral Home