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Ronald Leslie Taylor was born on March 16, 1946 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, to Mary Bouessa and George Deeb. Ron’s father died when he was 2 years old. He and his mother then immigrated to the United States through a special act of Congress, the Mary Bouessa Deeb Act. His early years were spent in the “Butlerville” area of ​​Salt Lake City (Cottonwood Heights). He was lucky to have good neighbors and coaches (a village) to raise him and keep him busy.

When Ron was twelve years old, his mother married Allen E. Taylor and he moved to Farr West, Utah. Now living on a farm, Ron learned to get up early, milk cows, throw paint on barns and “borrow” gas from neighboring farms. He never learned to ride a horse! Farr West was a great community of friends and softball. Ron played shortstop for the Farr West Ward in the 1963 All-Church softball tournament.

He attended Wahlquist Junior High and graduated from Weber High School in 1964. He was known as “Bear” at Weber High and was loved at gatherings for his dance moves and antics. He was a loyal warrior and never missed a class reunion.

Ron earned a bachelor’s degree in secondary education from Weber State College and a master’s degree from Utah State University. He spent 35 years in education, teaching history and physical education, much of it in alternative education. He was known as “Coach” at Mountain High School (Davis School District) for 31 years.

While a student at Weber State College, Ron began coaching intramural flag football. That led to 45 years as a sports director. He coached high school football, basketball and baseball in Utah. He was the 2005 Utah High School Football Official of the Year. He spent 5 years as a football referee in the Big Sky Conference. He was recognized for his distinctive gait, facial features and knowledge of the rules.

Ron was blessed while serving an LDS mission as a young man in Scotland. He liked the tartan, the bagpipes and fish and chips. He served in a bishopric, as Sunday School president, YM counselor, and stake athletic director. He and his wife, Kathy, served as senior missionaries in the Georgia Atlanta Mission (Cedartown Branch). He loved Southern food and SEC football. His favorite Southern saying was, “Have a blessed day.” Ron had a strong testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ and was blessed with many miracles in his life, especially during his health problems in his later years.

Ron married Kathy (Kathleen) Johnson on July 1, 1971, in the Logan Temple. They have four children: Ryan and Julie Taylor (Brigham City), Brad and Brittany Taylor (Syracuse), Kristen and Duke Di Stefano (Heber City), and Todd Taylor (Farmington). He enjoyed ten wild and crazy grandchildren, including six grandsons. Kyle Taylor, Nathan Taylor, Luke Taylor, Aaron Taylor, Jake Taylor and Anderson Di Stefano and four granddaughters: Ali Taylor, Kate Taylor, Emily Taylor and London Di Stefano. They loved him for his sweets, funny names and tender heart.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Alona Hill. He is survived by his brother-in-law Robert (Bob) Hill and sister Jan (Keith) Brady.

The family would like to express their sincere thanks to the staff at Atlas Hospice who cared for Ron so much, especially Misty.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, June 11, 2024 at 11:00 AM at the Russon Mortuary, 1941 N Main St, Farmington, Utah. Visitations will be held the evening before on Monday, June 10, 2024 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Russon Mortuary, and prior to the service on Tuesday, June 11 from 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM.

For those unable to attend the services in person, the funeral will be streamed live on the Russon Mortuary Live Facebook page and in its online guestbook at

Burial, Kaysville City Cemetery, 500 E Crestwood Rd, Kaysville, Utah.

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