Edward A Taylor Obituary
Edward Alvin Taylor was born on January 21, 1954, in Vernal, Utah to William
Alvin “Cotton” Taylor and Lucille Huff Taylor. Living in Jensen, Utah he was able to
roam the area playing all the games of children who spent their days outside. He
went to Jensen Elementary School, Ashley Valley Junior High and Uintah High
School graduating in 1972. As a teenager Ed became very interested in horses and
competing in AQHA youth shows. Ed and his mother traveled and watched other
competitors closely to improve their skills. Ed and his quarter horse “Pokey” won
many All-Around Trophies. He was the high point youth more than once for the
Intermountain Quarter Horse Association. He was the high point youth for the
Western Slope Quarter Horse Association, winning the high point saddle at the
Duchesne County Fair and Rodeo that same year. Eventually the family needed a
separate room to hold his collection of trophies, buckles and saddles.
Ed was always very athletic and an outdoorsman he hunted and fished most of his
life. In 2003 he finally had enough points to draw a bull permit in the Book Cliffs,
one the biggest hunting highlights of his life.
He was always working, once having a very special summer job with Pease
Brothers working with his dad on a crane. He married Vicky Bagwell in 1975 and
had two children Christopher Edward Taylor born in 1975 and Clifton Ben Taylor
born in 1978. He also purchased the Conoco Station and Cafe in Jensen, Utah. Not
only was this a place of business, but a community gathering point as well. He
often joked he made more money from twinkies than fuel.
Eventually he went to work for Belco Petroleum wanting a more stable income for
his family. He started on the production side and eventually worked his way to
being a Sr Production Superintendent in charge of his own field, a long career
dream of his. He transferred to Big Piney in 1987. During that time both boys
were very active in the 4-H club and Ed served on the Sublette County Fair Board
for 10 years. He coached T-Ball helping to develop the confidence and skills of the
youths he worked with. He was also very active in the Masonic Lodge.
He divorced in 1996 and spent a good part of his time enjoying the outdoors,
especially snow machining in the winter and camping with friends in the summer.
He was traveled to Cheng Du, China for a month for Enron to set up a location. He
finally understood that the Chinese government would rather have 50 people
employed than one large piece of equipment on location. In order to feed his
large appetite, he became especially adept in the use of chopsticks. He met his
second wife, Marilyn Hoffman, at a snow machine race on Fremont Lake in
Pinedale, Wyoming in 1999. They were married in Jackson, Wyoming on April 27,
About that time Ed became a “go to” employee, meaning the company would drill
a well somewhere and Ed would go to the area an establish the support system
for the location. He travelled to many glamorous places such as Cut Bank,
Montana, Sidney, Montana and Williston, North Dakota For many years he was a
one-man office out of Riverton, Wyoming, overseeing the Powder River Basin in
Wyoming in addition to the wells in Eastern Montana and North Dakota. The
advent of the widespread use of the cell phone allowed him to work on his golf
game at the same time. In 2012 he chose to move to Douglas, Wyoming and head
up EOG operations in the Powder River Basin as the Sr Production
Ed always worked to train both those who worked for him and those he worked
for, sharing his vast knowledge of the industry. He was skillful at finding good
people to bring into the operation and giving them their opportunity to succeed.
Everywhere he went his kindness and humility drew people to him.
In 2014 he faced a serious cancer surgery that with the side effects of the
surgeries took a toll on him, but he never complained and set an example, making
it look easy. He took on a “live like you were dying” state of mind. He bought a
home in Mesquite, NV to enjoy the milder winters and play the golf that he loved.
He traveled to Disney World, the Bahamas, Myrtle Beach, New Orleans, Greece,
Israel, Hawaii, Jamaica, Austin, San Antonio, and many other parts of the country.
He even took a riverboat cruise on the Mississippi, starting with a trip to
Graceland in Memphis. He attended Denver Bronco and Minnesota Viking games
and became a fan of Golden Knight Hockey games. He used the motorhome to
travel the summers, stopping by to visit friends and family in many states. And he
especially enjoyed Fourth of Julys at Lake Melissa in Detroit Lakes, MN with his
new in-laws and grandchildren.
He loved his family deeply. He was a devoted father both to his boys and
Marilyn’s nieces and nephew, knowing full well when he married that he would
finish raising those children. He loved his sister very much and he was always
grateful for the people he met through his job over the years.
He is survived by his wife Marilyn Taylor, sister Linda Harlow and brother in law
Lyle of Vernal, Utah, His son Christopher Taylor and daughter in law Melissa,
grandchildren Lucy, Josie, Jack and Sam of Makoti, ND. Son Clifton Taylor and
daughter in law Nicole of Gillette, WY. His adopted daughter Sarah Hoffman-
Taylor of Nashville, TN nephew Maxwell Hoffman of Jackson, WY and niece
Krystal Hoffman of Washougal, WA. His nephew Wayne Harlow and wife Laura of
Vernal, UT, niece Misty Peterson and husband Mikell of Craig, CO, great nephews,
Chet, Chance, and Brayden Peterson and Cade Harlow and great niece Camryn
Harlow. Great-great nephew Brax and great-great nieces Brynn, Ellie May and
He passed peacefully on January 25, 2023 in Mesquite, NV with his wife Marilyn
by his side.
A service will be held on February 3, 2023 at 3:30p at Calvary Chapel Mesquite,
1646 W Pioneer Boulevard, Mesquite, NV 89027. A gathering will be held at Craig
and Diner Obermuller’s shop 3704 S Scenic Blvd Scenic AZ 86432
Unless information is posted differently the service should be able to be viewed
live on the Calvary Chapel Mesquite’s Facebook Page.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Huntsman Cancer Hospital, Clinic 1A,
Suite N1390, Head and Neck Team, 1950 Circle of Hope, Salt Lake City, UT 84112
or at https://healthcare.utah.edu/huntsmancancerinstitute/foundation/