July 25, 1933 – December 14, 2022
Colonel Claret Peter Dale Taylor was born in Indiannola, Nebraska on July 25, 1933. He fell asleep in the Lord on December 14, 2022. Claret graduated from Roosevelt High School in Portland, Oregon. He then attended Oregon State University where he played football and met his future wife and life-long best friend, Mary Lou Phillips. Claret was commissioned into the Air Force in 1955. In 1958, he attended helicopter pilot training which altered the projection of his military career. He had many exotic assignments including time in Latin America, the Philippines where he was the PACAF Jungle Survival School Operations Officer, special assignment in Southeast Asia, and finally Iran. Claret’s last assignment was the position of Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff/Logistics, Headquarters Eight Air Force, Barksdale AFB. While in the Air Force, he received many awards and metals, including a Silver Star for combat service in Cambodia, and the Airman’s Metal which he received for jumping into a torrent drainage culvert in the Philippines during monsoon season to save a young boy who had fallen into the culvert. With the boy held above his head, they were both rescued two hundred yards further down current from where he jumped in. This award was the one which made him most proud.
After retiring from the service, he found a second career as a CPA and started his own tax business which helped hundreds of clients through the years. He was known as the tax encyclopedia by his friends and clients and worked until 2022.
His greatest love was for his family. He was a wise and good man who gave sage advice to many in his extended family. He treasured his grandchildren and great-grandchildren who always made their and his heart happy. He was a unique man in every way.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Gerald and Hazel Taylor; his beloved wife, Mary Lou; his two best friends, brother-in-law Bill Meyer, and brother, Don Taylor. He is survived by his dear sister, Merna Meyer; son, Rodney and spouse Ruth; daughters, Connie Taylor and her spouse Jack, and Lorrie Desautels; grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Marcus and Laura Taylor, and Knox, Lawson and Scarlett, Elaine and Todd Aaron, Kai, Christina and Kyle Zahn, and Paul, Clara and Sophia, Katherine and Benjamin Cook, and Claret, Rosemarie, Elizabeth Taylor, Nathan and Sal Taylor, Angela Taylor, Sarah Desautels, Grace Anne Desautels, and Mary Rose Desautels.
Visitation will be held Thursday, December 15th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Holy Nativity Orthodox Church, 2155 Southern Loop, Shreveport. Funeral services will be held on Friday, December 16, at 11:00 a.m. at Holy Nativity Orthodox Church, Shreveport.