It is with deep regret that we heard about the passing of a well-loved and talented member, John M. Taylor, who died at 2:50 yesterday morning after a difficult struggle with cancer. Many of us on the forum know him as taylorchandler and he was a friend to many.
John MacDonald Taylor was born and raised on a ranch in Casper Wyoming. He began playing trumpet in school and attended North Texas State University in Denton for his Bachelor of Music. John was an outstanding music educator and a consummate musician all his life, learning to play woodwinds, strings and percussion in addition to brass. He discovered his talent for composition and developed his philosophy "you must play an instrument to write for it." He completed a Master of Theory and Composition at the University of Wyoming.
While John enjoyed many careers in his life – musician, educator, aviator, engineer, builder and rancher; his passion was music. Composing, teaching and performing were the true calling of a life filled with learning and exploration. He explored many parts of the country to add to his experience of life while participating in many communities.
John told me he enjoyed being a part of our online community and regarded the members of the forum as friends. Whether he was helping others understand music better, offering insightful comments on another member's music, sharing his good nature on chat, imparting his knowledge, helping someone with a problem, or sharing a composition: John was always there to help and gave freely of himself and was a great resource for many.
Shortly before his passing, John left us a wonderful song "Journey" with the knowledge that his earthly journey was coming to an end: http://www.dankury.com/music/JourneyJohnMTaylor.mp3
Dan’s rendering of Journey will be used during the annual hospice memorial and remembrance service in Bolivar, MO later this year.
Although no date for a memorial service has been made yet, the family asks that each individual honor John’s memory in their own way. Contributions to any organizations that promote and support music education and performance or to hospice providers would be appreciated. John's hospice services were provided by Citizens Memorial Hospice, 1500 N Oakland Ave, Bolivar MO 65613-9988.
Our deepest and heartfelt condolences to Robin, John's family, friends and loved ones.
John was a special person who touched the lives of many people. We have all lost a valuable member of our community.
Thank you John for gracing us all with your music and your life.