Obituary Notices and Memorials


Taylor, William M. Bill
TAYLOR, William M. 'Bill' Born Dec. 30, 1929. Bill crossed home plate for the last time on September 15, 2011. Bill was signed by Casey Stengels wife and brother-in-law to play pro baseball on his 18th birthday in 1947, for the New York Giants. He spent two years in the Army during the Korean War then went back to playing ball. He had many highlights in his career but the best one was playing in the 1954, World Series against the Cleveland Indians. He was later traded to Detroit and retired in 1960. He then embarked in a career in Real Estate and founded Taylor Land Company in Acton, where his parents homesteaded in the 1920s. Bill later went on to work for Realty Executives in Santa Clarita. He built many homes in Acton and developed several land projects during his 40 years in Real Estate. He married Margaret Ray of New York and had three boys, William B. Taylor (Lesley) of El Cajon, Robert Brian Taylor (Jennifer) of Acton and Thomas Joseph Taylor of Palmdale. During his life Bill was very active in youth sports in the Antelope Valley and impacted many young peoples lives. He was fiercely proud of his sons and grandchildren Cydney Clair, Madisyn Delaney and Camryn Presley Taylor and Chadd and Branden Owen. In addition he is survived by his wife, Victoria Coy Taylor, his sister Luella Maguire and nephew Michael Maguire both of Lancaster, his pets Bosley and his beloved Scottish Terriers, Tuggy and Tess. Bill was a 'Mans man', who lived life his way! Bill has chosen to be cremated with ashes scattered at sea. A Celebration of his life will be held later in the year.

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