CASA GRANDE — Jerry G. Taylor, 81, of Casa Grande and formerly of Camp Verde and Lake Montezuma, died peacefully in his home on Oct. 31, 2019.
Mr. Taylor was born on Nov. 16, 1937, in Detroit and was a son of Alan Taylor and Margaret Sowell. He spent most of his childhood in Phoenix, graduating from St. Mary’s High School and later meeting the love of his life, Carolyn, at Arizona State University. After a brief stint in California, he brought his family back to Phoenix but sought a more easy-going lifestyle for them, which eventually took the family to the Verde Valley, where they lived for 47 years.
Next to his family, he loved his community and it showed in the multitude of ventures he became involved in. He served as mayor and council member of the town of Camp Verde and president and member of the Camp Verde Chamber of Commerce; worked with the Yavapai Apache Tribe and contributed to the building of Camp Verde’s first casino, Cliff Castle, from the ground up; and, one of his last and most treasured volunteer roles was serving on the board of the Copper Canyon Fire and Medical District. He also loved singing (in both English and Spanish) at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church. He loved his dog, Clea.
He always put others first — his selflessness was beyond reproach. He worked hard every day of his life with his only respite being the occasional trip with his love to their favorite, romantic spot — Tony’s on the Pier in Redondo Beach, California.
Survivors include his wife of 61 years; a son and three daughters, Kent, Kellie, Allison and Kristen; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother, Norm; two grandchildren, Erin and Jarrett; and one great-grandchild, Jett.
Following his wishes, there will not be a service, but there will be a “Bottoms Up to Jerry” open house on Nov. 16 (his birthday) from 1 to 4 p.m. at Robbie’s in Rimrock, 5155 N. Dave Wingfield Road in Rimrock.
Donations in his memory may be made to: Montezuma-Rimrock Fire Department Auxiliary, 3420 E. Beaver Creek Road, Rimrock, AZ 86335, or East Valley Hospice, 1311 W. Chandler Blvd., No. 200, Chandler, AZ 85224.