Funeral services for Harvey Dale Taylor, 80, loving husband, caring father, pappy to his grandkids and faithful friend to many, passed from this life on Oct. 25, 2013, in Roswell. Services will be held at Kirby-Smith-Rogers Funeral Home on Thursday, Oct. 31 at 10 a.m., with burial following at Lovington Cemetery. Mike Joy will officiate.
Harvey was born on Feb. 13, 1933, in Lovington to Buzz and Minnie Taylor and was raised on the family ranches. He spent his early years like all other ranch kids, learning ranch life and working cattle from the time he was able to sit on a horse.
He started school in Hope and also went to school in Lovington, and then finished his education graduating from Cloudcroft High School, where he met the love of his life, Francine Chandler. They were married in Mayhill on June 10, 1951, and went to San Diego, Calif. on their honeymoon and liked it so much they stayed.
Harvey took work welding in the shipyards and Francine made their little bumper pull trailer into a home. They moved to Yuma, Ariz., for 13 years, where Harvey owned a water well drilling business. They finally made their home, back on the ranch in New Mexico, where Harvey took over the running of both ranches on the Penasco River and the Caprock, and Francine taught at Penasco School. They had four children: Kevin, Kendall, Kim and Kent (the crazy K’s, as granddad Buzz called them.) Harvey and Francine also were blessed with 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Harvey lost Francine to breast cancer in 1986, and later married Francine’s college roommate and family friend, Nona Snow. They were happily married for 26 years and lived in Lovington.
He was preceded in death by: Buzz and Minnie Taylor, Francine Taylor, Mandy Taylor and Nona Taylor.
Harvey is survived by his children: Kevin Taylor, of Lovington, Kendall and Claudia Taylor, of Alamogordo, Kim and Jim Scroggin, of Artesia, and Kent and ReChele Taylor, of Roswell; his grandchildren: Chad Taylor and wife, Amanda, Zack Taylor and wife, Bonnie, Kendra Fuller and husband, Jason, Caitie Taylor, Claude Taylor, Tyler Scroggin and wife, Shasta, Staci Scroggin, Taryn Houghtalin and husband, Brian, and Bryce Taylor and his fiancée, Emily; and his great-grandchildren: Cole Taylor, Hobbes Taylor and Jaxon Houghtalin.
Visitation will be on Wednesday, Oct. 30, from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame, 5317 Lovington Hwy, Hobbs, NM 88240. Condolences may be sent to kirbysmithrogers.com.