Lester Taylor DDS
01/02/2021

ST. GEORGE, UT Lester Taylor DDS, after 91 years, finalized and confirmed his return trip back home to heaven on Saturday, January 2, 2021. He was born in Delta, Utah on May 24, 1929 to Walter Cleon and Louise Hanks Taylor.  He married his beautiful bride, Therese Annette Brunt, in Bonneville County, Idaho in the Idaho Falls Temple on August 28, 1952.

Les was raised in Salem, Utah (originally referred to as, “Pond Town”). This is where he enjoyed his young years skating on the Salem pond during the winter months and swimming in the summer months.

In the summer of 1941, he accompanied his father on a work assignment to the Uinta Mountains to record and measure the depth of the water.  During the work assignment they lived in a sheep wagon, drank crystal-clear, creek water, and ate fresh trout.  “My dad had a great sense of humor and was always telling me some of the humorous experiences he had,” said Lester. “Looking back on those early years, I can say they were very happy ones.”

Unfortunately, in his early years, Lester lost both his brother Lloyd and his father in train accidents.

One of his fondest memories was his family taking a drive-up Diamond Fork Canyon for hiking and fishing.  He attended Spanish Fork High School where he played basketball and was the captain and quarterback of the football team.

He served in the Northern States Mission and said, “The great reward to me was the realization that God is real and lives in our lives.”

Les graduated from Brigham Young University in Provo, UT, and Case Western University Dental School in Cleveland, Ohio.  He then served in the United States Air Force at Vandenberg AFB as a Lieutenant and dentist.  He was Honorably discharged as a Captain in 1961.

Les was proud of the very successful dental practice that he built in Southern California during his professional career.

He loved golf and played many rounds at Hacienda Golf Club in California, and later years at The Bloomington Golf Club in St. George, Utah.

Les and Annette raised their five children in La Habra Heights, California.  He loved taking his family to Yellowstone Park fishing, hiking, Kayaking and many rounds of golf in Island Park, Idaho. He also provided great skiing trips to Mammoth Mountain, California, and ski resorts in Utah.

Les is survived by his wife Therese Annette Taylor, St. George, UT, children; Bradley Lester Taylor (Sandra), Santa Cruz, CA., Teri Ann Kennedy (James), San Clemente, CA., Douglas Cleon Taylor (Suzanne), Draper, UT., Jennifer Earl Sargent (Douglas), Saratoga Springs, UT., and Kimberly Allison Bosco (Don) Staten, NY.  He is also survived by 16 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents Walter and Louise Taylor and six siblings: Lloyd, Clifton, Ruby, Mary, Rex, and Louise.

A funeral Service will be held Friday, January 8, 2021 at 11:00 am at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Green Valley Senior Branch, 1282 W. 500 S. Circle (off Indian Hills Drive). A visitation will be held from 9:30-10:30 am prior to services. Interment will be in the Tonaquint Cemetery, 1777 S Dixie Dr, St. George, Utah immediately following.

Because of Les’ love for Golf, in lieu of flowers please donate to: Utah Golf Foundation “Youth on Course”, St. George Chapter, 4444 S. 700 E., Suite 105, Millcreek, UT 84107, (801) 347-5009, [email protected].

For those who would like to view the funeral online, please log in to: https://youtu.be/2ew_1ERu-Fc

Arrangements are made under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 S Bluff St, St. George, Utah. Friends and family are invited to sign his online guestbook at www.spilsburymortuary.com.

 

 

Services

Visitation

9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
01/08/2021

Services

Address

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
1782 W 500 S Cir (off Indian Hills Drive)
St. George, Utah

Cemetery

12:00 p.m.
01/08/2021
Tonaquint Cemetery
1777 S Dixie Dr, St. George, UT 84770

Guest Book

10 Responses

  1. Dad,
    Best father in love ever‼️ You’ve left a forever hole in our hearts. Thank you for the forever life lessons you left us and for raising an amazing family‼️We love you‼️‼️‼️

  2. Lester Taylor, my Dad was a hard working, fun-living Dad that all will miss dearly. So so fortunate to have been blessed to have him as my father. What a man of Honor and Dignity. He worked hard so we could have fun and a great life. He taught me to never quit no matter the obstacle.

    We will dearly miss you and will see you soon Dad.

    We love you!

    Eternally Your Son,

    Douglas Cleon

  3. Les, what a wonderful father and role model of what epitomizes the term “Family Man”.
    Lester Taylor, my father-in-law was simply the best father figure I have ever witnessed. What Luck to have become part of such a loving wholehearted family as this. Thank you, Les, for all of the tall tales, ballads sung and harmonica cowboy tunes played. You will be sorely missed. We Love you. Happy Trails.

  4. Uncle Lester was a great man! We always looked forward to seeing him and Annette and their family. May the Lords blessings be with his family at this time.

  5. When I think of Uncle Les there are a couple of things that come to mind; family, golf, Island Park, and flossing. I remember through my teenage years visiting Aunt Ann & Uncle Les and he would always get us to go to the driving range to hit some balls. He was always truly interested in you as a person and was always just a kind, great guy.
    Until we meet again Les!

  6. My life has been enriched so much by having Les Taylor as my brother-in-law. He completely captivated me when he first came to our home in Idaho Falls with my sister Annette, to be introduced to our family when they were engaged. I was about 10 years old. He gathered all the children around and sat on the front porch to entertain us with his western ballads and stories. I am sure we pestered him to keep telling us stories and to sing his songs. as only he could.

    Les and Annette, after he graduated from BYU, went to Cleveland Ohio where Les studied at Western Reserve Dental School and earned his DDS. He worked hard at both his studies and extra jobs in pursuit of their dreams. They lived in Public Housing, to cut down on their cost of living. Our family made a trip to visit them and I was so impressed with the sacrifices Les and Annette were making to make their dreams come true. They have both been such great examples to me and all of my siblings.

    Later, after I married, and lived in the L.A. area, when my husband was going to graduate school, Les and Ann invited us to their home for every holiday, to share time with them and their children, Brad, Teri, Jennifer, Doug, and KIm. We treasure those memories of times spent together then and through the years. Les was a great example to us and we cherish the relationship we have shared.

    We are so happy that we had an opportunity to visit with Ann and Les a few months ago to share some additional special moments together and hear more of his wonderful stories about growing up in Salem, Utah. He had wonderful experiences to share as well as those that made an imprint on his heart forever, such as losing his father and brother to two separate car/train accidents. I remember he said that he wanted to go with his brother, in his car the day of his accident, but his mother told him he could not go. He obeyed his mother.

    We feel blessed to have had such a wonderful brother-in-law and will miss him, until we meet again.

    Love Forever to Les an Ann,
    LInda James

  7. I will be forever grateful to have had Les Taylor as my brother-in-law. I have nothing but love and heartfelt memories of Les. Ever since Linda and I were first married, Les and Annette have been our mentors and have shown us nothing but love and support. Doctor Les always gave us free or discounted dental care when our income was limited, picked up the tab when eating out and always wanted to know if I need any extra money when going to graduate school. Les was a model father, husband, grandfather, relative and friend to all who had the privilege to know him. When I think of Les, I think of the many hours we talked about his sweet mother, his father’s tragic death, his missionary and dental school experiences, his military duty, his athletic days in high school, his love for golf, BYU sports and fishing on the Snake River … and of course, his love for his Heavenly Father, Brad, Teri, Jenn, Doug, Kim and his eternal companion Annette. Les lived a wonderful life filled with love, faith and charity. I’m sure Les is in God’s keeping until we all meet again on the other side of the veil.

    With Fond Memories,

  8. Heartfelt sympathies to the entire Taylor family. He was a great man. A great golfer. A privilege
    To know him and Annette. An honor to have their daughter Jennifer serve me at Dr Ence’s office. I love her.
    Sending love to all and may the Lord help bring you comfort at this difficult time.
    Sincerely Dale and Marilyn Dawes

  9. To Jenn and Doug and all of the Taylor family, our deepest condolences. We never met Les Taylor but we can tell he is a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather. What a wonderful life he lived and his love exudes from his children. Our prayers for comfort and peace are with you at this time of loss. We love you!

  10. From the time I first had friends outside my family I remember my awesome friend Les We had so much fun in Salem, enjoying all the antics and pranks only boys could understand and enjoy .
    Junior and Senior High School was filled with fond memories, as well.. We were in pre-dental studies at BYU at the same time. We served in the same mission and later Dental School where Lois and I learned to love Annette as well. When he practiced in California he hired our newly- wed, homesick daughter Lynette. She maintains that saved her and taught her much with his stories, poems and even taught her how to putt between patients. Les was good at
    enlightening her of many things about her fathers growing up years.. How blessed I am o have had such a special individual as Les Taylor as my friend through these many years.

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