William “Bill” Brydon Taylor
March 4,1924-Dec. 25, 2013
Bill Taylor, 89 of Brookings, died Dec. 25, 2013, in Brookings.
He was born March 4, 1924, in Los Angeles.
For many summers he and his parents spent time at Balboa Beach fishing and boating. His father would read stories to him of people cruising the South Pacific.
Bill graduated from John Marshall High in 1942 and soon met his wife to be.
He was drafted into the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged due to his chronic asthma. In 1944 Bill married his sweetheart Marcella Morley “Marci” Lugo, a sixth generation Californian.
By 1950, Bill had a good job with National Auto Glass, a house in San Fernando Valley, and three children.
During the next 10 years Bill worked on enlarging his tiny house by adding on to all three bedrooms. Next he added a huge room that included doubling the size of the kitchen, a beautiful dining area and a large den with a fireplace. He follow that with a two-car garage complete with a large workshop and dressing room for the swimming pool that was put in the back yard. In his spare time Bill also bought, fixed up and sold three power boats on which the family thoroughly enjoyed spending time fishing, swimming and going to Catalina Island.
Remembering the stories his father used to tell him of the South Pacific, a 36-foot sailboat was purchased and the house was sold. The family spent a year fixing, painting and making storage for a year’s worth of supplies. In August 1962, after son Jeff graduated from high school, the family set sail from Long Beach to Hawaii and Tahiti, where they lived on the boat for six months. Then back up to Hawaii and finally home after 13 months of cruising: dream fulfilled. The boat was sold and the family, minus Jeff, moved to Redondo Beach, Calif. Bill started a second career as a yacht salesman in Marina del Rey, Calif. This time a 40-foot sailboat was purchased and the family moved aboard.
January 1969 saw Bill and Marci selling the boat and flying to England to live in a Volkswagen camper while looking for another sailboat. They purchased a 44-foot sailboat before sailing down the coast of the continent into the Mediterranean with stops in many ports, in many countries along the way. Then came crossing the Atlantic Ocean to the Caribbean and its many islands. Next was going through the Panama Canal and up the coast of Central America to finally reach home in May of 1972.
Once home the Taylors became “landlubbers” and made several trips down to Baja, Calif., in another Volkswagen camper and Bill went back to yacht sales.
1975 saw the Taylors moving to San Francisco where Bill returned to the auto glass business as a foreman. Two sailboats later Bill took an early retirement in 1986 and started traveling the country in a fifth-wheel trailer.
After two years they settled in Brookings. Bill never slowed down. Through the years in Brookings he had three small power boats. He loved being on the water again and supplied his family and neighbors with plenty of fish. Bill was always working around the house. A spa room, carport, garden, greenhouse and deck were added. His hobbies included fishing, boating, traveling, skindiving, building, reading and telling of his adventures to anyone who’d listen. He kept up with the news of the world by going to the library and spent three days a week at the gym. Bill was always strong and ready to lend a hand when needed. He was a great provider and always kept his family safe. He was a caring and loving man. His family and many friends will miss his quick wit and laughter.
Bill is survived by his loving wife Marci. Their 70th wedding anniversary will be on Feb. 11, 2014. Also surviving are his three children: Jeffrey of Sausalito, Calif., and daughters Teri and Linda of Brookings, two grandchildren and three-great grandchildren all living in Washington.
Bill was preceded in death by both his parents.
No service will be held per Bill’s request.
Condolences may be expressed through the mail to daughter Linda Taylor, P.O. Box 1558, Brookings, OR. 97415.
Submitted by the family.