Daniel McLarey Taylor


Daniel McLarey Taylor, 79, went home to be with his Lord on March 5, 2022 in Houston, Texas. Dan was born April 16, 1942, in Texarkana, Arkansas to Daniel E. and Ruth M. Taylor.

Dan grew up in Homer and Sunset, Louisiana. He joined the U.S. Navy and proudly served his country for 14 years. He was able to travel the world via multiple deployments and was a member of the commissioning crew of the USS John F. Kennedy CVA-67. Although they knew each other while growing up, it was during his service years that he married the love of his life, Eldora Thompson. While stationed in Virginia, Dan and Eldora would welcome their son, Daniel Lynn Taylor. After leaving the Navy he moved with his family to Luling, Louisiana to work for Occidental Chemical. Soon after, they would welcome their daughter, Danielle LaRae Taylor. During the subsequent years Dan would be an active member of First Baptist Church of Luling as an ordained deacon and usher. Following Hurricane Katrina, Dan and Eldora would move to Atascocita, Texas to be closer to their grandsons.

He would become a member of Woodridge Baptist Church in Kingwood, Texas volunteering as an usher and member of the military ministry. He would meet on Thursday mornings at a local IHOP or Denny’s to commune with other local Vietnam veterans. At lunch on Fridays he would get together with the Woodridge “Bored” group to solve the world’s problems.

Dan is preceded in death by his parents and seven sisters; Louise Manning, Cora Sebring, Jeanette Noland, Mary Warner, Maude Means, Faye Taylor and Wilma Jones; three brothers Charles, Ben and Joe Taylor. Dan is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Eldora Thompson; his children, Daniel Lynn Taylor (West Hollywood, California) and Danielle LaRae Taylor (Chula Vista, California); his grandsons, Logan Michael Morris and Luke Matthew Morris (Atascocita, Texas) and his most devoted friend, Tiffany Thompson (Chula Vista, California) and numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews and friends.

The memorial service to celebrate his life will be held at Woodridge Baptist Church at 1:00 pm Saturday, March 19, 2022, with a visitation immediately preceding at 11:00 am. Internment will be at Hebron Baptist Church Cemetery, Summerfield, Louisiana.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Samaritan’s Purse – US Disaster Relief or The American Heart Association.

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4 thoughts on “Daniel McLarey Taylor”

  1. Patricia A Woods

    My deepest sympathy to Eldora and their children. He was my Uncle Danny , but we are same age. We played together as young children. He was a kind and gentle soul. I will miss him.

  2. Lynn – I am so sorry to hear of your dad’s death. You don’t know how many times I have thought of you and wondered what became of your life. I truly enjoyed teaching you Spanish. Fond memories.

  3. Our deepest sympathy to the entire family. You are in our hearts at this challenging time. Please know the Howard Gardner Community School holds you in our thoughts and prayers. We love your daughter Danielle very much and we will take good care of her upon her return.
    The HGCS Staff, Students, and Families

  4. My very deepest sympathy to the family. May God give comfort to the family. I worked with Dan and car pooled with him for a number of years. Dan was a gentle and fair man. He was God fearing and a good man. R. I. P. ole friend.

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