03-29-2016 - Classmate Stephen C. Taylor passed away on March 27, 2016
Dr. Stephen Cope Taylor
Dr. Stephen Cope Taylor was born to a good family on November 25th, 1948. The day prior to his passing he was surrounded by loved ones celebrating the Easter holiday. Stephen passed away early Easter morning March 27th, 2016 of natural causes. At his bedside were numerous friends and family morning his death.
Stephen was a proud coach, enthusiastic primary teacher, loyal father, happy grandpa and a loving husband. By profession he was an accomplished chiropractor, entrepreneur, gym owner, polygraph expert, college football coach, and professional football player.
Stephen Taylor started his football career very young. He played halfback for La Jolla High in California and then Olympus High in Utah, where he averaged 10 yards per carry.
1968-70 he played as a running back for Utah State University. His single season in the NFL in 1971 was with the Dallas Cowboys.
After his season with the Cowboys he returned to USU to finish a Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.Sc.) in Exercise Physiology, with a minor in German 1973.
His desire to continue to play professional football led Stephen to Canada where he played internationally for the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
After football he returned to Holladay, Utah and owned a Gym. Then after a life transition, attended the Backster School for lie detection and received his CPE allowing him to work in the field of law enforcement. In 1985-1990 he dedicated himself to becoming a Chiropractic Physician and studied at Life West Chiropractic College in Hayward, California where he earned his Doctorate of Chiropractic.
For 26 years Stephen dedicated his life to serving and healing those in his care as a chiropractor. He was known for being more concerned with the condition of his patientsâï¿½ï¿½ health and happiness than the condition of their insurance policies. He owned and operated his own clinic, First Physicians in Northern Utah as well as the Neurological Relief Center of Northern Utah. He was a genuine mentor and friend to all those whom he employed.
His passions were first and foremost to ensure the comfort and happiness for the families of his 7 children: Paul W. Taylor Draper son of his wife Paula Draper, and Emily Sabina-Taylor Burton (Ashley), Michael Ashton Taylor (Primo), Stephen Bjorkman Taylor Jr. (Stephanie) and Elijah James Taylor the children of his wife Clara Burkman. As well as his step daughters LeAnn Steed, (Clint), Elizabeth Rolf (Shane) (mother Meridith Buchi) He also had 6 wonderful grandchildren. His other passions included telling dumb jokes, scary stories, advising people what to eat and what not to eat, cooking, singing, playing guitar, spending time with family in the outdoors of his native Northern Utah and being the crying shoulder for his loved ones.
His death has temporarily separated him from his loving wife and sweetheart Meridith Taylor (Curly.) Whom he vowed he would spend time and all eternity with after this life.
Preceded in death by his father and mother Dr. Calvin W. Taylor and Dorothy Cope Taylor. As well as his brother Dr. Craig Taylor . Survived by his sister Nancy E. Taylor, J.D. (Chris)
Funeral services will be held Friday, April 1, 2016 at 1:00p.m. at the Wolf Creek 1st Ward 2900 North Highway 162 Eden, UT. Viewing will be held Thursday from 6-8p.m. at the church as well as Friday from 11:30a.m.-12-30a.m. prior to the service.