Verl was born May 31, 1925 in Parowan, Utah to Clifton “T’ and Phoebe Taylor. He was the middle of three children. He had an older brother Ward and a younger sister Donetta. Verl spent his youth helping on the family farm and riding horses with his friends. He learned from his Dad the value of hard work and he continued to be a hard worker his entire life.
After graduating from high school, he attended BYU for a short time and then entered the service. He served in the Navy in World War II on the island of Manus. After returning home, he was called to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Northern States Mission. Verl had a great love for his Savior and loved to talk to others about the gospel. His best missionary work was done by example. He loved others and made friends wherever he went.
After coming home from his mission, he married Beverly Orton on April 19, 1951 in the St. George Temple. They made their home in Parowan and lived there for the rest of their lives. They had four children Jeff, Stewart, Laurie and Leslie. We have great family memories of time spent together on the farm, learning how to milk the cow and helping to haul hay. Verl was happiest when spending time with his family or riding a horse gathering cows on the mountain.
Verl was very involved in civic affairs. He served on the Parowan Heritage Committee and was the rodeo chairman for the Iron County Fair for many years. He loved doing this and put on a great rodeo every year.
Verl served in many positions in the church. He served as a counselor in a bishopric, a bishop and on the high council. Verl and Bev served a mission together in the New York Rochester Mission and even though it was hard for Verl to leave his beloved home of Parowan, he and Bev had a great mission and made lasting friendships in New York. They also served as ordinance workers in the St. George Temple.
Verl had a beautiful voice. He sang for many years with a barbershop quartet.
Survivors include Jeff (Sherry) Taylor, Stewart Taylor, Laurie (Mike) Pritchard, Leslie (Robert) Nims, sister Donetta Anderson, 15 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren with one on the way.
He is preceded in death by his parents, his wife, grandson Jeris Taylor and his brother Ward Taylor.
Funeral services will be held Monday, August 4, 2014 at 11:00 am at the Parowan 3rd Ward (90 S Main) in Parowan, Utah. Viewings will be held Sunday, August 3rd from 6-8:00 pm and also Monday, August 4th from 9:30-10:30 am at the church. Interment will be in the Parowan Cemetery under the direction of Southern Utah Mortuary. Online condolences can be made at www.sumortuary.com.
Special thanks to Parowan 2nd Ward Relief Society for bringing Dad food and comfort and to Katrin, Amber and Garland for taking care of him and brightening his days.