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Richard "Dick" Taylor

January 25, 1949 — April 5, 2024

Richard "Dick" Warner Taylor passed away in Spring, Texas on April 5, 2024 after a three year battle with cancer.  Richard was born on January 25, 1949 in Camp Le Jeune, North Carolina to Elva Warner Taylor and USMC Colonel Richard Morgan Taylor.  

Richard went to high school in Oceanside, California, and later graduated from the United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, in 1971 with a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering.  He served in the United States Navy from 1971 until his honorable discharge in 1978, having received a Vietnam Service Medal.

After the Navy, Richard was a pilot for Braniff Airlines before moving to Saudi Arabia in 1980 where he worked as a flight instructor supervisor for Saudi Airlines from 1980 until 1999.  In 1982, while in Saudi Arabia, he met his Canadian wife, Ingrid, who was abroad working as a travel nurse.  Richard and Ingrid would go on to have three children, Coreena, Sean and Erik.  In 1999 Richard moved with his family to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, where he worked as a pilot and ground school instructor for 15 years at Emirates Airlines in Dubai and later at Etihad airlines for several years in Abu Dhabi until his retirement in 2019.  

Richard won many trophies playing competitively in racquetball tournaments throughout his life. He also enjoyed scuba diving, spear fishing and sailing and even learned to become a good square dancer.  Some of our best memories are family camping trips in the desert in Saudi Arabia and on the Red Sea beaches with snorkeling in beautiful coral reefs.

He loved traveling and we went on exotic trips to Egypt, Thailand, Bali, Vietnam and China.  His three young children all became great skiers at Val Thorens Ski Resort in France.  Richard especially enjoyed climbing on the Great Wall of China, seeing the Terra Cotta Warriors in Xi An and loved the Ha Long Bay Cruise in Vietnam. Last summer he had an amazing four day rafting trip in the Grand Canyon with his sons, brothers and friends.  

Richard is predeceased by his parents, Elva and Richard, as well as his sister Kimberly.  He is survived by his wife, Ingrid, three children, Coreena, Sean, and Erik, three grandchildren, Nicholas, Allison, and Marcella, and his two brothers, Jock and Robert.  

Richard will be laid to rest at East Lawn Palms Cemetery, in Tucson, Arizona, in a family plot next to his sister and parents.
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