Elder Russell Carl Taylor, emeritus General Authority Seventy, passed away on April 3, 2016, in St. George, Utah, at the age of 90.
“Russell Taylor was a man of great integrity and a generous benefactor of many community, educational and church projects,” his obituary reads. “He lived life to the fullest. He loved his wife, Joyce, and his family. He loved the Gospel of Jesus Christ and faithfully served his Church and fellowmen.”
Elder Taylor served as a General Authority Seventy for five years, from 1984-1989. While in that calling he had many assignments, including serving as the second counselor in the Europe East Area presidency from October 1984 to August 1985 and then as first counselor in the Europe East Area from August 1985 to August 1987. After his release as a Seventy he served as the president of the Denver Colorado Temple from 1995-98.
He was born Nov. 25, 1925, in Red Mesa, Colorado, as the seventh of nine children to Leo Sanford and Stella Dean Taylor. When he was an infant his family moved to Provo, Utah, where he spent his childhood and teenage years.
After graduating from Provo High School in 1943, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served as a medical corpsman during World War II. After returning home from military service, he enrolled at Brigham Young University. He then was called to serve in the Northwestern States Mission.
After returning home from his two-year mission, he continued his education at BYU where he met his future wife, Joyce Elaine Mortensen. After he graduated from BYU in 1951, they were married in the Salt Lake Temple on Feb. 28, 1952. They are the parents of six children.
After a few stops after graduation, the Taylors made their home in Denver, Colorado, where they raised their family. Elder Taylor spent 33 years working in the group insurance field and became a partner in the consulting firm of Galbraith & Green.
Prior to serving as a General Authority Seventy, Elder Taylor served as a stake president and twice served as a regional representative. He presided over the Georgia Atlanta Mission from 1976-79.
Elder Taylor is survived by his wife of 64 years, six children, 24 grandchildren and 34 great-grandchildren. His funeral was held on April 9, 2016, in St. George, Utah.