Daniel L. Taylor, beloved son, brother, uncle, and friend, passed away on September 27, 2023, in Rapid City, South Dakota. He was born on January 21, 1957, in Alliance, Nebraska. Daniel's family and friends are grieving the loss of Dan, whose presence brought joy and laughter to all who knew him.
Dan and his family started his life following around his dad who worked as a lineman moving from state to state. He saw a lot of country during that time. But his favorite place that he loved was the Circle 6 Ranch where he spent countless summers with his grandma and grandpa McCoy and his cousins.
In the early 70’s Daniel’s family moved to Starbuck, Washington. Daniel enjoyed salmon fishing, the beach, and found his passion for basketball. In 1974, Charles Taylor, Daniels father passed away unexpectedly. Daniel’s family moved back to the ranch in Nebraska.
Daniel's education continued in Harrison, Nebraska, where he graduated from high school. After completing his education, he spent a couple of years traveling and trying to find his niche. He traveled to Florida and then California where he worked with Deanna, Tony and Chris for several years. Dan worked for BNSF Railroad for several years before he dedicated his career to Parker Hannifin Corporation in Alliance, Nebraska for 18 years. His commitment and hard work were evident throughout his tenure with the company.
Beyond his professional life, Daniel was known for his love of reading, kind hearted ness and honesty, he possessed a great sense of humor that made him the life of every party. His infectious laughter and love of bonfires were his trademark. Dan had a remarkable ability to connect with people from all walks of life and had a special gift for making others feel comfortable in his presence.
In his free time, Dan found solace in nature's embrace. He loved nothing more than casting a line and spending serene moments fishing by the lakeside or gathering around campfires, or reading a good Louis LAmore book. An avid hunter as well, his sisters both called him Deadeye Dan. Trap shooting was another passion that captured his heart; his expertise in this field earned him the distinction of being the Top Junior trap shooter in Washington State.
Daniel is survived by his loving family who will forever cherish his memory. He leaves behind his mother Lela Taylor, as well as brothers David Taylor, Matt (Denise) Wood, Chris (Leah) Wood, sisters Dawnita Wood and Deanna (Tony) Johnson. As well as numerous nieces and nephews. Together they find solace knowing that Daniel is now at peace alongside their father Charles Taylor, and Danny Wood.
A funeral service will be held to celebrate the life of Daniel Leonard Taylor on October 3, 2023, at Chamberlain Chapel in Chadron, Nebraska. The service will begin at 3:00 PM.
Daniel L. Taylor will always be remembered as a cherished individual who brightened the lives of those around him. His warm heart, jovial spirit, and unwavering kindness will continue to inspire all who were fortunate enough to know him. Although he is no longer physically with us, his beautiful soul will remain eternally in our hearts. May his noble soul rest in peace.