Kenneth R. Taylor Jr.
Kenneth R. Taylor (Jr) passed away the afternoon of August 18, 2018 At Adventist Hospital in Simi Valley CA. He suffered a stroke. He was 54.
Born March 5, in Santa Barbara, California, he graduated from Santa Barbara High School, where he many friends, was involved in outdoor sports including biking, skateboarding, backpacking and anything outdoors.
Kens love for life was evident in the way he treated people and lived his life. He had a big heart, was generous and trusting especially to those he just met. He had a big personality and sometimes liked to walk on the edge. You could say he walked to his own beat. He always had a great smile; a big laugh and a good story to tell if you sat long enough for him to grab your ear.
He was a great companion to grow up with, he could be a brat but always at my side helping me to get into the things we could and shouldn’t and enjoying many successes and conquests. We had many adventures together most notable were Boy Scouts, backpacking in the Sierras, spending time on the SB Waterfront getting into trouble, Skateboarding on Mountain Drive, swimming at Red Rock, views from Gibraltar Rock and driving Hwy 1 to Monterey to visit friends.
Ken’s professional life was diverse. He worked for more than 20 years for various plumbing and construction companies as plumber and handyman in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties. His early years were spent helping Dad at his Landscape business, as a bookkeeper, warehouseman and clerk at an Aerial Photography studio.
Kenneth is preceded in death by his Mother, Eliza Vega Taylor. He is survived by his Father, Kenneth Taylor (Kappa, HI), Brother Jack Taylor (Lompoc, CA) and Daughters, Eliza Taylor, with Grandson Samuel (Colorado Springs, CO), and Reyna Taylor (Tarzana, CA), as well as numerous Aunts, Uncles and Cousins.
A celebration of life is planned for Ken sometime in September; details will be posted on Facebook.