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David Hans Taylor

December 26, 1957 - September 5, 2017

This is the story of David Hans Taylor’s life.  David was never a man to follow convention—in fact he was a bit of a Browncoat--so it seemed inappropriate to have a traditional obituary.  He was a faithful husband, selfless father, loving brother, beloved son, nephew, and cousin, and a lifelong friend, and he will always be loved and cherished.
David was born the day after Christmas in Denver, Colorado, the oldest son of Robert and Joyce Taylor.  When David was still young, Robert and Joyce moved to Salem, Oregon, where he lived for the rest of his life.  David grew up with his brothers, Jonathan, Joel, and Christopher, and met his lifelong friends, Bob, Steve, Tony and Reggie while still in school.  He went to McNary High School and graduated in 1976, and he earned probably three associates degrees at Chemeketa Community College because he loved to learn and took all the classes that interested him. 
David met and married Karen, and his true calling as a father became clear, as they had his dear son, Bryce and Kevin.  Sadly, their marriage did not last, but ever the optimist David married Cheryl, and his beloved sons Andrew and Jonathan, and his darling daughter, Emily, were born.  David adored his children and loved being a father, and he was very literally the kind of dad who would give his children the shirt off his back if they needed it.
David met the love of his life, Cindy, and they married March 31, 2006.  His family grew by two more children—Joshua and Jacob.  David and Cindy were inseparable, even working together out of the home and later at home.  Together, they enjoy the outdoors, hiking to waterfalls, camping, gardening, photography, painting and watching football.  They were members of Evergreen Presbyterian Church, and David extensively studied and taught Cindy theology, doctrine, and logic.  As David’s health failed, they read J.R.R. Tolkien and Stephen Donaldson to each other, enjoyed movies from musicals to anime, and played games together.  Yes, David played D&D and even taught a whole new generation how to play.  David was an aficionado of music of every genre, and his sense of humor was intelligent, witty, and a gift he shared easily.
He is preceded in death by his grandparents, his father, his uncle, and his infant son, Elijah.  No doubt David is enjoying meeting his son.  He is survived by his wife, his mother, three brothers, seven children and their spouses, two grandchildren, three aunts, numerous cousins, and four lifelong best friends. 
A Celebration of David’s life will be held at 4:30pm, Saturday, September 23rd at Evergreen Presbyterian Church.  There will be a fellowship reception following the service. 
Contributions to help with funeral and service costs and David's final medical bills can be made at

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David was not only my best friend, he was also my best man, at my wedding and in life...Simply the greatest man I've ever had the honor and blessing to know.

Cindy, and Family,  There are no words to express those feelings of loss which feel so profound and so empty right now.  I remember watching my brother, Reggie, grow up with David, and one thing I liked about him most was how smart he was and how loyal. He always stood up for those people he loved, even when he was being picked on himself.  He was as much a big brother for me as my own cherished brother is. The words from this famous quote gave me comfort.  I will share them with you now in hopes they provide a bit of peace and love for you during this tragic time.   My most sincere condolences to you and may you find comfort in your most precious memories.