Daniel E. Taylor, 52, passed away unexpectedly on May 1, 2021 at Olathe Medical Center.
He was born on August 13, 1968, in Hoxie, Kansas, to Marvin and Kathleen (Smith) Taylor. Dan grew up in Tasco, Kansas on the family ranch and attended school in Hoxie where he played on many sports teams, and helped his father and uncle on the ranch, often reluctantly. Following graduation from Hoxie High School, Dan attended the University of Kansas where he graduated in 1991 with a degree in Business. He married Stacey Brown on May 11, 1991 at Danforth Chapel on the KU campus, and they moved to Overland Park, Kansas for Dan’s first job. He spent the majority of his career at Intermec/Honeywell and was the go-to guy for any questions his colleagues had.
Dan loved his golf membership at Wolf Creek Golf Course, and spent many happy hours on the links with family and friends. He was always on the lookout for new additions to his bourbon collection, and could often be coaxed into grilling or cooking. The family has many videos of Dan singing in the car or playing pranks and joking around with them. He was known for his dry humor, quick-witted comments, competitiveness, and stoicism. Dan relished annoying the family during movie night by quoting every single line of what they were watching.
A loyal Jayhawk and lifelong sports fan, he volunteered his time coaching many football, basketball, baseball, and softball teams over fifteen years, and attended as many KU basketball games as he could. Dan also followed in the Taylor family tradition by spending afternoons sleeping through sports on television, but always claimed to be watching if someone woke him up, and later asking, “who won the game?” He believed in supporting charity events such as the Prince of Peace Gala, regularly donating and purchasing auction items, and even purchasing the same puppy he donated once, because his kids begged him to. He was always the first to volunteer when someone was needed to announce and compile stats for the Olathe Lacrosse Club and Lacrosse Association of Kansas City for his son’s games.
Dan touched a lot of people during his short 52 years on Earth. With word of his passing, his family finds comfort from stories and love from all who have had the chance to meet him. He will be greatly missed by all, but the memories we have of him will be cherished forever.
Dan is survived by his wife Stacey, his daughters Katie and Emma, his son Scott; his brother Neil, wife Jolene, their children Anna and Matt; his sister Jeannine, his mother-in-law Janice, father-in-law Charlie, sister-in-law Michelle Daubert and her children Evan, Miya, and Megyn.
He was preceded in death by his father Marvin and his mother Kathleen.
There will be a visitation on Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 10:00am at Prince of Peace Catholic Church 16000 W 143rd St, Olathe, KS 66062 followed by a funeral at 11:00am.
In lieu of flowers, the family welcomes donations to the Kyle Ernst Scholarship Foundation to help students at Prince of Peace, and also to the Sheridan County Amusement Company to fund the Hoxie fair that the Taylor family regularly attended and loved each summer.
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