Oct. 8, 1938 – Oct. 28, 2014
Richard Donald “Dick” Taylor died at his home in Basin on Oct. 28.
He was born Oct. 8, 1938, in Portland, Ore., the son of Donald Paul Taylor and Helen Maurine Webster. In 1956, after graduating from high school, Dick entered the United States Marine Corps and served until 1962. After receiving his honorable discharge he managed Lucky grocery stores for several years before starting his own business, The Gas Lamp Bar and Grill in Issaquah, Wash., that he operated for 27 years.
Dick spent nearly 45 years engaged in operating businesses in the Northwest.
He married Wendy Black Nov. 18, 1989. After Dick retired the couple moved back to Basin, where Wendy grew up.
Dick loved softball and is in the Softball Hall of Fame (USSSA) for his contributions to the sport that included years of playing and sponsorships. In his spare time, he restrung baseball gloves for recreational players across the Northwest. He was proud to have repaired gloves for two prominent professional baseball players, David Ledbetter and Omar Vizquel. He was active in martial arts and trained with Dojo Takin Makaimura.
Family was moved important to Dick. He cherished his time with Wendy’s parents, Tom and Del Black of Basin, was very proud of his daughter, Chrissy, and his granddaughters, Tanna and Jamie and had much love for his brothers Jack and Pat and their families.
His parents preceded him in death.
He is survived by his wife Wendy of Basin; his daughter Christine Hitchcock and his son, Phillip Taylor, both of Issaquah; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Jack and Julie Grimm of Ridgefield, Wash., and Patrick and Carol Grimm of Vancouver, Wash., and two granddaughters, Tanna and Jamie Hitchcock of Issaquah.