Donald Ray Taylor went to his heavenly home at 4:35 pm on June 30, 2019 at his residence surrounded by his family. Don was born on July 30, 1937 in Washington, the son of John and Imogene (Browning) Taylor. Don married Alice Kettery, and she preceded him in death. He then married Judy (Elgan) Leslie on October 14, 2006, and she survives.
Don was a 1955 graduate of Washington High school. He then continued his education obtaining his bachelor’s degree from Purdue University and his master’s degree from Indiana University. After graduating from college Don accepted a position with the Washington Community School Corporation as a teacher and football coach. He then accepted a position with Vincennes Lincoln High School teaching and coaching football for several years retiring in 1998. He was a member of Loogootee Christian Church as well as a past elder. Don was also a former member of the Masonic Lodge, Hadi Shrine, past President of Civitan International, past Lieutenant Governor of Civitan International and very active with Fellowship of Christian Athletes while he was at Vincennes Lincoln.
Survivors include his wife, Judy Taylor of Washington; daughter, Donna Taylor Bouchie and her husband Jeff of Wheatland; sons Stewart Taylor and his wife Sherry of Evansville, Kent Taylor and his wife Kim of Jasper; step-sons, Robert Leslie and his wife Tricia of Aiken, SC, Daniel Leslie and his wife Betsy of Terre Haute; brother, Richard Taylor and his wife Carolyn of College Station, TX; sister, Jane (Smoot) Stevens and husband John of Washington; grandchildren, Alex Taylor, Ben Taylor, Dr. Lindsey Taylor, Chelsea Taylor Seibert and her husband Brent, Tanner Bouchie and his wife Lauren, Madison Leslie, C.J. Leslie and Oliver Leslie and great granddaughters Harper and Millie Seibert. Don was preceded in death by his parents and his first wife Alice Taylor.
Friends may visit with Don’s family from 3-8 pm on Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at Goodwin-Sievers Funeral Home, 2020 State St., Washington, IN. A celebration of life service for Don will be held at 10:00 am on Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at the funeral home with Pastor Ron Raymond and Pastor Ron Frazier officiating. Don will be laid to rest in a private burial at Bethany Cemetery at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to Helping Hearts Hospice, 1314 E. Walnut Street, Washington, IN 47501 or The Lohano Center for Advanced Medicine, 1314 Grand Avenue, Washington, IN 47501. Online memories may be shared with Don’s family and friends at www.goodwinsieversfh.com. Goodwin-Sievers Funeral Home is honored to assist the Taylor family with arrangements.