Kent Tyrus Taylor


Kent Tyrus Taylor was born in Sheridan, Wyoming, on January 20th, 1943, to Tyrus Raymond Taylor and Fon Elizabeth (Helzer) Taylor. He passed away at the age of 80 after a short diagnosis of terminal cancer.

Kent grew up with an enduring love for the great outdoors and history, a passion that stayed with him throughout his life. A true mountain man at heart, Kent found solace and joy in the family cabin, where he spent countless hours fishing and embracing the tranquility of nature. His retirement in 1997 from a long career with Decker Coal Mine marked a new chapter in his life, allowing him more time to indulge in his hobbies, including gardening, reading, cooking, playing cribbage, and collecting various treasures. He also worked as a trail host volunteer for the Department of State Parks & Cultural Resources Division of State Parks, Historic Sites, & Trails and worked at Sheridan College for a few years.

Kent had a deep appreciation for Native American history, a reflection of his respect and fascination for different cultures and their stories. This interest was more than a hobby; it was a journey into understanding and appreciation that he loved to share with others. He also enjoyed exploring his family history.

Beyond his hobbies, Kent was a man of simple pleasures and deep commitments. He cherished moments spent with family, his dogs, grandchildren, and friends, playing cribbage or talking about the good old days. All who knew him will miss his teasing, corny sense of humor, wisdom, and adventurous nature.

Kent is survived by his sister Marleen Ketchem and his children from oldest to youngest, Marla Martin, Tom & Becky Howard, Tessa Thomas, and Quentin & Jennifer Taylor, along with all his wonderful grandchildren (Maisy, Ian, Elayna, Tanna, Dawson, Roshelle, Stevie, Britni, Taylor, Jonni and Katherine.) Along with numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He is preceded in Death by his Father, Tyrus Raymond Taylor, Mother, Fon Elizabeth (Helzer) Taylor, girlfriend Dot, brother (Mark Taylor), son (Tyrus Kent Taylor), as well as other cherished extended family members.

"Mountains have a way of dealing with overconfidence. They are not cruel, they are just majestic in their indifference. But to those who loved them, they were home. In every whisper of the winds, in every towering tree, he is there with you, not gone, just part of a bigger world."

The family will be holding a special celebration of life at his favorite place…the cabin. His loving family will continue to honor his legacy by living their lives to the fullest, just as he did.

No formal service at the request of our beloved one. Celebration of life to be scheduled at a later date.

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