On September 23, 1976 in Lafayette, Indiana H. Jay Taylor was born. From birth he fought and survived a large variety of serious medical aliments. At age 9 Jay began his lifelong study in karate, this training gave him the values and determination to pursue and conquer his goals and any adversity that came his way. As a teenager he was diagnosed with Marfan’s syndrome, and all though the diagnoses provided relief and understanding for being sick he continued to fight every medical battle he faced with a conviction to beat his odds. At 16 Jay dropped out of high school, got his GED and began working toward his associate degree in computer science at ISU. In 2002 he met his wife, Rhonda, while working for the school district in Pocatello, Idaho as a computer technician.
Jay was baptized a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Soon after, he and Rhonda were married in 2003 in Pocatello and Jay instantly became a new father to Rhonda’s four children: Michael, Rochelle, Briana, and Tyler. He continued to work for the school district while he finished his bachelor’s degree in computer programming from the University of Phoenix. In 2005 he took a job in the IT department at Idaho supreme potato’s, and they moved to Shelley, Idaho. While living in Shelley Jay worked in the IT departments for various other companies among which were INL and The Church of Jesus Christ.
Throughout his life Jay enjoyed several hobbies which included karate, pool, and a variety of outdoor activities. As a child, Jay enjoyed several camping and fishing trips with his parents Joyce and Sam Phillips. As a teenager, he discovered fly fishing and archery hunting with his life-long friend Brian. During college he enjoyed playing with and competing against his Grandpa Red Phillips in pool tournaments around Pocatello.
Jay is survived by his wife Rhonda Taylor; his mother and father, Joyce and Sam Phillips; his sister, Jessica Taylor; his children, Michael and Alyssa Heiner, Rochelle Heiner, Briana Taylor and Tyler Taylor; his nephews, Kohl Tensel and Hayden Berry; and his grandchildren, JJ and Carson Pearson, RyLynn Kerner, Easton Heiner, and Eliot James Hicks.
On Tuesday April 27, 2021 Jay left for his heavenly fishing trip with Red and Colleen Phillips (grandparents), Mike Phillips (uncle), Dan and Marry Keis (grandparents), Grace Young (aunt), Harley Keis (uncle), Dirk Clark (brother-in-law), Willard Andersen, Rocky Andersen; and many other beloved friends and family.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, May 3, 2021 at the LDS Woodville church, 1555 N. 700 E. Shelley, ID at 11 am.
Burial will follow at the Arbon Cemetery.
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