Steve Arlin Taylor

Steve Arlin Taylor, age 71 of Hereford, Texas passed away in his home on December 5, 2021.

A Funeral Service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, December 10, 2021, at Calvary Baptist Church in  Friona, Texas.  Interment will follow at the Friona Cemetery.

The viewing will be on Thursday, December 9, 2021, from 6-8 p.m. at Lighthouse Chapel, 3707 Wolflin Ave, Amarillo.

Steve was born December 28, 1949, to Ruben Townsel Taylor and Ollie Pearl Taylor in Friona, Texas.

Steve was a truck driver for many years and traveled all over the United States.  He was a very talented welder.  He worked alongside his father, Ruben, at their family-owned business, Taylor & Sons.  Visible for miles, the shining star atop the grain elevator in Friona is an example of the skills and dedication shown by Taylor & Sons Welding and Fabrication.  Steve later started his own business and created many amazing welding projects that are still in use today.

He completed his GED in 1999 and later earned his Welding Degree at Amarillo College in 2001.

Steve was an accomplished outdoorsman. He was an avid hunter and an excellent fisherman. Steve was known for his proficiency with a firearm earning many awards and accolades for skeet shooting. Athletics came naturally to Steve as he was a great swimmer and enjoyed being on the waters at any chance he got. He passed on his love of baseball to his daughters as he spent many long summer days teaching them everything he knew. Whether he was hunting quail, playing ball, or just enjoying life, Steve made sure to make the most of it all and taught us all the value of hard work and determination.

He was preceded in death by his mom, Ollie Pearl Taylor; his dad, Ruben Townsel Taylor, and his sister, Ruby Ranee James.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Cathy Taylor of Hereford; six  daughters:

Melissa Taylor of North Carolina. 

Leslie Funk of Canyon, Texas, and granddaughter Katherine.

Tammy Moses of North Carolina and grandson Alex.

Christie Barrett and husband Chris of Amarillo, Texas,  grandson, Payton Burkhart and wife Victoria of Amarillo, Texas, grandson Eli, and granddaughters Augustina and Hayden.

Jessica Bristol and husband Anthony of Amarillo, Texas, grandson, Morgan Taylor and wife Kirsten, great-grandson Luke, and granddaughter Millie, and grandson Lanis.

Stephanie McAnear and husband Russell of Canyon, Texas, and granddaughter Anastasia Tucker and husband Ryan of Caldwell, Texas, great-grandsons Kaiden and Derrick, grandson Patrick of the Austin, Texas area, grandson Dusty of Manor, Texas, granddaughter Alice, grandson Russell, granddaughter Emily,  and grandson Ruben all of Canyon, Texas.

He is also survived by one sister, Paula Beth Howard, and her husband Eddie of Levelland, Texas.

8 Comments

  1. John ( Lowell ) Taylor

    Steve and I use to hunt together. Many times we would be late for school during duck season.

  2. Paula Howard

    Steve loved fishing. He would tell me about the Grandkids and him going to the pond there in Hereford and fishing.

  3. Lynda Havery

    Sounds like an amazing man ?

  4. Russell Taylor McAnear

    I’m one of the grandsons that went fishing with him. We would try to go fishing any time we could, even at a wedding we went fishing. We would go shooting. I remember when we go over and every morning we have cornflakes and watch TV and being warmed up by the fireplace. I just wish I can turn back time so we can relive those days.

  5. Jessica Taylor Bristol

    I wasn’t a fishing fan, but I know my Daddy gave me his love of baseball. Since he had no boys of his own, us girls were his pride and joy. And he was our biggest fan when we were on the field. I always remembered him showing up in his oily work clothes just to see us play. We couldn’t wait for summer because we knew we would have Daddy’s attention in the yard throwing and catching ball. Loved playing softball with each of us and helped us all become All-Stars! ❤ I am gonna miss you Daddy!

  6. george Ochs

    I had a part in serving Meals on Wheels to Mr. and Mrs Taylor in Hereford the past few years. They both always seemed so appreciative of this service. My condolences to the family of Steve Taylor. We will miss seeing him.

  7. John Baxter

    Steve and I went to school together in Friona had many fun times and later on when we had him to do some things at Taylor and son and a few other time we would run across one another fun guy fun times

  8. Donny Gibson

    I grew up with Steve. We always hunted and fish to gether before and after school he was like a brother to me. We always had good times together. Lots of great memories. Love and mess you Steve

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