KOLIN - Our beloved son, brother, father and friend, Nathan Lloyd Taylor, 31, born Aug. 10, 1977, at St. Joseph Hospital in Lewistown, left us to be with our Heavenly Father on Jan. 3, 2009. An avid motorsports enthusiast, he lived his life to the fullest enjoying what he loved most - flying through the clouds on his quad. Nathan sustained injuries Aug. 3, 2008, while practicing stunts for a video to be filmed a week later. Unfortunate events led him to a recovery which would be long, but he was willing to fight the battle with all he had.
He is survived by mother and father, Don and Pauline of Kolin; sister, Mandy of Missoula; daughters, Mercedes and Hailey; the girls' mother, Tammie Taylor, all of Kolin; grandparents, Lloyd and Pearl Halmrast of Kevin and Emily Taylor of Kolin. He is also survived by aunts and uncles, Robert and Betty Taylor of Denton, Ken and Leslie Taylor of Crestwood, Ky., Peggy Hanson of Cut Bank; immediate cousins, Kevin and Karla Taylor of Stanford, Amy Fugate of Fairview, Travis Haugen of Sidney, Nicole Williamson and Bobby Taylor of Kentucky, Kim Simpson of Missoula, Jason Hanson of Sunburst, Julie Hanson of Tennessee and numerous other relatives.
Nathan was preceded in death by his grandfather, Robert W. Taylor and his aunt, Joyce Taylor.
Nathan's life revolved around his girls. They spent many hours camping in the mountains, four-wheeling, catching crawdads, frogs and a turtle down by Grandma Emily's, states Hailey. Mercedes states she loved riding her motorbike, her special birthdays with him and when he tickled her.
Nathan truly had a passion for racing and being around his quad buddies, and spent many hours building his own ramps and motocross track out on the farm near Kolin. He was also his father's right-hand man on whom he relied. He was very protective of the family farm, where he grew up and lived almost his whole life - he really enjoyed working the cattle, all the animals and picking wildflowers for his mother and grandmother when out on his many rides. He had a huge heart, and was able to make people laugh at the drop of a hat.
Pallbearers include Troy Damschen, Robert Wichman, Jennifer Fenton, Josh Sanderson, Todd Hockhalter, Scott Seaford and Jeff Evans. Honorary pallbearers include cousins Jason Hanson, Kevin Taylor, Travis Haugen, Bobby Taylor; friend, Wes Loose and all of his many riding buddies.
He will be missed greatly by all of his family and his many, many great friends. May he rest in peace, enjoying his Reese's Peanut Butter Cups and jumping from cloud to cloud on his quad.
A vigil service will be held at St. Leo's Catholic Church in Lewistown on Wednesday, Jan. 7, at 7 p.m.
Funeral liturgy will be at St. Leo's Catholic Church on Thursday, Jan. 8, at 11 a.m. A reception will follow at the Mandatum Commons.
Burial will be at Lewistown City Cemetery.
Memorial donations are suggested to an education fund for Mercedes and Hailey, c/o Basin State Bank; or to the charity of the donor's choice.
Creel Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.