In Memoriam : Michael Taylor

Michael Taylor Michael Ray Taylor - age: 55
(June 14, 1968 to July 16, 2023 )
Resident of Exeter, California

Visitation Information:
His Celebration of Life will be held on Aug 5th at 10am at Exeter Church of God, 246 W Chestnut Ave, Exeter, CA.

Michael Ray Taylor, age 55 passed away at UCSF Medical Center on July 16th following a short illness. Born to George and Erlene Taylor on June 14, 1968 in Kingsburg, Ca. Raised in Porterville California, Michael attended Porterville Schools and graduated from Monache High School in 1986. He began working for Porterville Schools in 1990. That same year he welcomed daughter, Jordanne, 2 years later followed by twins, Laken & Zoe. Michael met and married his wife, Tammy in 1997 after meeting at Porterville Believers Church. Blending their family including her sons, Tyler and Nathan McDonald, and moved their family to Exeter, Ca. Michael was a gifted musician and loved all genres. He was self-taught and played 14 instruments. Michael played in a metal band in his early teens and later the worship band at Porterville Believers Church and was worship leader at Exeter Church of God for 20 years. Michael was a good and faithful servant, leading many to Christ. He led many youth/college groups. He participated in numerous community and Valley church events. He also led worship at Mustard Seed Acre Church. Most recently in his music career, he played lead guitar for Southern Comfort, a country band with his cousin Alan and bandmates, Dan & Wayne. Michael had a passion for working with kids and while working at Strathmore High School, as Campus Maintenance and Farm Manager he was encouraged by his friend, John Akin to pursue a teaching career. He landed his dream job at Hanford High School as an Ag Mechanics teacher for the past 5 years. Michael is pre-deceased by his father, George and sister, Michele. He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Tammy, daughters, Jordanne (Michael), Laken & Zoe (Kris). Sons Tyler (Kara) and Nathan (GG) McDonald. His mother, Erlene and sister, Jennifer. Papa to Addisyn, Olivia, Sam, Violet, Remy & Navy. Uncle to Aaron, Ivy & Zeke. He was beloved by friends, colleagues and students and touched so many lives. The family wishes to thank the Doctors, nurses and staff at Kaweah Health and UCSF Medical Center for their loving care of Michael.

Nicole Piment - August 9, 2023Contact this person Contact this person
To the family of Mr. Taylor: I’d like to take a moment to send my condolences to you. My son and daughter attend Hanford High and are active in FFA. My son Luke was in his class and on his welding team. My daughter didn’t have any classes with him, but said that he always remembered her name after one interaction she had with him. Luke always has struggled in school. But he did well in welding even at a young age and Mr. Taylor praised him for it. We were sad to hear of his passing-and were reminded of him today when we went to the school for the walkthrough. We saw his door open and my son said, aw , Mr. Taylor! Gone but never forgotten! His kindness has made a lasting impression! Sending good wishes your way!