Born in Berwyn, Illinois on March 18th, 1955

Departed on June 20th, 2020 and resided in Littleton, Colorado

    Michael Patrick Taylor, 65, died June 20th, 2020, at his home in Littleton, Colorado.

    Michael was born March 18, 1955, in the city of Berwyn, Cook County, Illinois, to Raymond and Lucy Taylor. At two months of age, Michael’s family moved to Garden Grove, California, where they established a home that Mike and his older brother, Denny, would grow up in. Mike attended elementary and intermediate school in Garden Grove and then graduated from Rancho Alamitos High School with the class of 1973. He has stayed connected with many of those friends.  Afterwards he began taking classes at Cypress Community College while working as a lifeguard at the Disneyland Hotel.

    In 1975, Mike transferred to the University of Utah, and enrolled in the US Air Force ROTC Program. He would later transfer to the US Marine Corps (USMC) ROTC program.  He began the USMC Basic School at Quantico, VA in 1977. That same year he graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelors Degree in Health Sciences.  In the summer of 1977 Mike met his future eternal companion, Marilyn Ann Wise, and they married February 18, 1978.  After finishing the Basic School Mike began Flight School in Pensacola, Florida. This same year, when he was 23 years old, his father, Raymond, passed away.

    Mike was assigned to many squadrons during his early military career, including: VT-2 (Whiting Field); VMO-2 (Camp Pendleton); H&MS 36 Flight Section (Okinawa); and VT-25 (Beeville, TX) as an instructor. These assignments required Michael and Marily to relocate all over the United States. During this period they began their family, having Jonathan in 1979 (Florida), Anna in 1981 (California), Jennifer in 1984 (Texas), and Patrick in 1985 (Colorado). In 1984, Michael earned his Masters in Management from Webster University and began working for Continental Airlines. In 1986, Michael transferred from the USMC to the Naval Reserves. In 1988, Michael and Marilyn purchased the home where all their kids would grow up in Littleton, Colorado. Michael’s career with Continental Airlines continued until 2000, and then in 2001 he began working for Frontier Airlines. Michael would stay with Frontier Airlines until 2005. In 2006, Michael accepted several assignments with the Naval Reserves, which saw him working out of Colorado Springs, The Pentagon, and ultimately active duty in Iraq from 2007 to 2009. In 2007, Michael’s mother, Lucy, passed away. Michael retired from the Naval Reserves in 2009 with over 30 years of military service. Michael enjoyed the following years seeing his children get married and have children of their own. In 2016, Michael and Marilyn served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Chicago. In 2019, Michael and Marilyn served another mission in Honolulu Hawaii at the Marine Corps base in Kaneohe.  Michael and Marilyn returned to their home in Colorado in March, 2020. In May, 2020, Michael and Marilyn’s son, Jonathan, passed away.

    Michael had a passion and love for many things throughout his life, but above all his family was his priority. His children all attribute their successes to the love and guidance they received from their father and mother. Michael was a fierce and loyal friend to many and his absence will be sorely felt.

    Guestbook Entries

    Chris Peterson

    My deepest condolences. I served with Mike in Iraq and have a true respect for him. He always proved himself to be a kind man with firm integrity.

    Sincerely, Chris Peterson, CDR, USN (ret)

    July 8th, 2020 at 12:59pm
    Lewie Edwards, Brig Gen, US Air Force retired

    My sincere condolences on Mike’s passing.  I also served with Mike in Iraq and appreciated his friendship in Iraq and respected his service.  I know he will be missed by his family and other friends.

    July 8th, 2020 at 7:13pm
    Chris Wiley

    Mike was a great Battle Buddy/Friend and all around family man. I appreciated his faith in his religion. He was good at being a guidance for other in the ways of the Church. Mike may have not had further tours with the our Country but he did with his Church. His last was where he was showing his faith to the soldiers and their families in Hawaii. Mike’s family was always number one. Mike and his soulmate Marilyn, enjoyed traveling the back roads to take in the scenery while traveling to see the grand kids and relatives/friends. There was a seat for him in the USO Lounge for those trips to visit the family in Alaska and other far away places. Mike will be missed bunches. Mike may be gone from our site, but always be in our hearts. My condolences to Marilyn and the Taylor family/friends.

    July 9th, 2020 at 10:14am
    Larry Jackson, Rear Admiral US Navy, retired

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    Mike, Shipmate, Battle Buddy, Neighbor, Brother.

    Mike was all of these things to me. We trained together, worked in adjacent offices, lived in adjacent containers, hung out together, and occasionally we took shelter from the rockets and mortars together. When either one of us was outside Baghdad for more than a couple of days, we checked up on each other. We talked about our jobs in Iraq, our families back home, and even our jobs back home, as it turned out in one of those very-small-world coincidences that we had both worked for the same small software firm, though he was in Colorado and I was in Virginia.

    We met in January 2008 during our training at Fort Jackson in South Carolina before going to Iraq. Mike took the senior leader role and was fantastic. When our trainers tried to impose some boot-camp-like restrictions on our cadre of senior enlisted and officers, Mike called all the captains together and we met with the trainers and said, “We don’t treat our people this way in the Navy.” The training staff backed down, and Mike was everyone’s hero. And rightly so. Mike could be pretty intimidating if he needed to be, but he had a heart of absolute gold and took care of his sailors.
    After our year was up, we “redeployed” together, which is military speak for going home. But because it’s the military, you don’t just go straight home; you go to a fairly joyless place in a desert (though at least no one’s shooting at you) while you turn in your weapons and ammo and body armor and gas mask and entrenching tool and about 200 other things that take up two seabags and weigh as much as a small refrigerator. Through it all, Mike was constantly grinning. He was so happy to be going home to Marilyn and the kids. And that’s how I will remember Mike: happy, smiling, ready to be home.
    Fair winds and following seas, Brother.

    July 13th, 2020 at 6:13pm

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