Donald R. Taylor

Donald R. Taylor

May 22, 1963 – February 23, 2023

VISITATION: Thursday, March 2nd from 5pm to 7pm at the West Center Chapel, followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm. FUNERAL SERVICE: Friday, March 3rd at 10am at the West Center Chapel.  Family Interment with Military Honors at Omaha National Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Wounded Warrior Project.

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Donald (Don) Raymond Taylor was born on May 22, 1963 in Ipswich, England, the youngest of three boys. He attended high school at Papillion-LaVista and would later go on to join the United States Air Force (13 years) and Iowa Air National Guard (7 years). 

He married his wife, Mary Kathleen “Katie” Taylor on May 23, 1987, in Omaha, Nebraska. They would travel the world moving wherever the military sent them. In 1988, his son, Andrew was born and four years later, his daughter, Megan was born. He was a proud father and spent many years supporting his kids on and off the sports field

Don spent his free time watching his favorite soccer team, Liverpool FC or on the golf course with his buddies at Bent Tree Golf Club. Don had a passion for Irish whiskey and enjoyed sharing drinks with family and friends. Don was never not working. He dedicated 25 years to TEAM Software as a Senior Project Data Specialist.

Don cared for many people whether you were family, friend, neighbor or coworker, Don always had your back. Whether it was advice, someone to talk to, or learning something you didn’t know, Don was the person to come to. His friends would tell you he would talk your ear off with all the knowledge and interests he collected over the years. His family would say he was a stoic man who always knew how to solve the problem. Donald is/was a man many people admired and will be missed greatly.

He was preceded in death by his father, Donald R Taylor; brother, Steven Taylor; father-in-law, Dennis Buckley and many pets: Duffy, Tori, Sophie and Pierre. He is survived by wife of 35 years, Katie; son, Andrew (Dahye Kim); daughter, Megan (fiancé Dustin Mathena); mother, Jan Townsend; brother, Brian (Deb) Taylor; mother-in-law, Cathy Buckley; brother-in-law, John (Kim) Buckley; sister-in-law, Bridget (John) McNamara; brother-in-law, Michael (Stacey) Buckley; many nieces and nephews.

13 Comments

  • Richard & Linda Vondra Posted February 26, 2023 8:53 am

    Our sincere thoughts and prayer to the family.

  • Janet L. Townsend Posted February 26, 2023 11:46 am

    We will miss you, my dearest, Son.

  • CHRISTINE BURTON Posted February 28, 2023 12:51 pm

    Sending warm thoughts, prayers and hugs to you during this trying time!

  • Randy Immeker Posted February 28, 2023 1:42 pm

    I so enjoyed getting to know Don and to work with him and Katie. I wish I would have been able to golf with Don in Orange City, IA as I know Don loved golfing. My sincere thoughts and prayers are with Katie and Don’s family. Glad I was able to meet Don’s mother a few weeks ago in Omaha. Wishing the family many blessed memories of Don and their time together.

  • Norma Jeanne Pohl Posted February 28, 2023 7:18 pm

    I had the pleasure of meeting and visiting with Donald and Katie ,only once at Jan’s 80th Birthday .I could see why he and his Mom were so close- such dear and caring people. My Sincere sympathy to Katie and family at this difficult time. Don was a beautiful person- and will be missed by many .He is now free of pain

  • Norma Jeanne Pohl Posted February 28, 2023 7:26 pm

    My sincere sympathy to all of Donald’s family. I had the pleasure of meeting Donald and Katie at Don’s Mom’s 80th Birthday. Don was a warm, caring person just like his Mother-always thinking of others. May Don rest in peace with his Lord and free of pain.

  • Sylvia Faryna and Bob Kocian Posted February 28, 2023 11:37 pm

    Our thoughts are with you and your family Jan

  • Darrell Uttecht Posted March 1, 2023 1:38 pm

    My sincere thoughts and prayers to Katie and Don’s family. I worked with Don for many years and was happy having him help me thru some of the tougher things at the office. The Lord will take care of him now.

  • Carol J Fitzgerald Posted March 1, 2023 8:00 pm

    Prayers of healing to Katie and family. I am a friend to Cathy Buckley.

  • Carol J Fitzgerald Posted March 1, 2023 8:02 pm

    Prayers to Katie and family. I am a friend to Cathy Buckley.

  • Roxanne Redd-Canche Posted March 2, 2023 10:25 am

    My thoughts and prayers are with the family. I worked with Don, and also his son Andrew. Don was extremely proud of Andrew! It was heartwarming to see him not only as a hard worker, but a great Dad. I could also hear him everyday on phone asking his wife Katie what they were having for dinner as that was one of the great joys of Don’s life. He was such a foodie! I loved our conversations about new food items to try or the latest restaurants to try, and he didn’t turn his nose up at tofu or other health food items. Truly a foodie at heart, he would try anything, and enjoyed most everything. He will be missed for not only being a team player, but also for the joy he got in talking to others. He was a social butterfly! I am sure he is in shorts now as he would wear them even when it was chilly out. I pray Don’s family will find comfort in their memories and God’s love to get them through this time.

  • Betsy Mike Noble Family Posted March 2, 2023 2:38 pm

    We are so sorry to hear about Don. Please know your family is in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

  • Cliff Johnson Posted April 13, 2023 10:46 am

    I’m going to miss golfing with you my friend..

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