John Wayne Taylor, aged 72, passed away peacefully in his home in Auburn WA.

Beloved husband, father, brother, uncle and (Grandpa) Grumps, John was born to Denise and Ernest Taylor on June 24, 1946.

John lived in Redmond for 69 years, and attended Lake Washington High School. He enlisted in the US Army and trained as a paratrooper and served courageously during the Dominican Republic conflict in 1965.

John worked in a variety of construction jobs and in the trucking industry, eventually culminating in starting his own Landscape Masonry business that he ran successfully for many years.

In 2009, John suffered a devastating stroke that left him unable to speak or walk again. Despite this, John lived a full but different type of life, enjoying sporting events, family gatherings, and getting to know and deeply love his four grandchildren. He displayed a courage and strength of character that will forever serve as an example for his entire family.

John is survived by his wife of 46 years, Diane; his son John Meagher Jr (Karin), his daughter Julie Taylor Simonson (Jason) and his grandchildren, Max, Meeghan, Bentleigh, and Harley.

John will be missed by his surviving siblings, Carolyn, Madelyn and Robert, along with all of Diane’s large, loving and loud extended Potts family.

A celebration of his life will be held on Sunday July 21st at 4pm at the Lodge at Eastside Foursquare Church in Bothell.

All are welcome.