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Franklin “Don” D. Taylor (Lt. Col. US Air Force, Ret.)

Date of Death: May 5, 2016
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South Chapel
1260 Front Royal Pike
Winchester, VA 22602
Thursday 5/26, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
South Chapel
1260 Front Royal Pike
Winchester, VA 22602
Thursday 5/26, 11:00 am
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Thursday 5/26

Don Taylor, 83, of Clear Brook, Virginia, died Thursday, May 5, 2016 at his home. Mr. Taylor was born in 1932 in Cross Junction, Virginia, the son of the late Ethel Leone Luttrell and Arthur William “AW” Taylor. He was a graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute (Virginia Tech), where he received a Bachelor’s Degree andContinue Reading

Robert A. Thompson, Lt Col, USAF Ret left a message on December 1, 2016:
I recently found out during Thanksgiving that Don had passed away. Don was a close friend of my dad (Warren N Thompson, Lt Col, USAF Ret, 1933-2009) and I've known him since he first took me blue crabbing off the Chesapeake Bay back in the early 70s. Being a military brat, and moving from place to place, I didn't see much of him, but he, along with Brooke Taylor, Dink Taylor and Col Lynn Wolf and many other wonderful folks, came to my dad's funeral and it was great seeing him. His friendly, contagious personality was ever strong and present. While growing up and serving in the military, my dad had told me some funny stories about their cadet years at VPI, and I think Don had a nickname, called "Flop." As VPI Cadets, they would sneak out to the movies or load up every drawer of an upper classman's room with rice krispies and happily listen to him scream "I'm gonna get you Rats!!!" My dad said he was one hell of a FAC pilot. I think my dad said one time when Don took off in his O-1 Bird Dog he developed engine trouble and either nestled/stalled the Bird Dog on a canopy of trees or gave the trees a good trim. Either way it conveyed to me that Don was a fearless warrior who would not hesitate to go into battle and help protect the troops. God bless you Sir.
Arthur Fromm left a message on May 26, 2016:
Best Damn FAC pilot in Viet Nam. So proud to have served with Don and when he attended my wedding Dec 11 , 1968. Was I ever happy and surprised. R I P DON
Chris Bennett left a message on May 24, 2016:
I worked with Don at Jim Barb, he was a Wonderful Man. We would talk about anything and everything, the stories he told me about his military "Adventures" are Priceless. He will be Greatly missed. God Bless him & his Family.
Linda Crocker Simmons, Board Member, The Stone House Foundation left a message on May 13, 2016:
Don served for a number of years on the Collections Committee of the Stone House Foundation's History Center in Stephens City, Virginia. His knowledge of tools, art and local history were of great value to us so he will be missed. We thank him for his service and send our condolences to his family.
Anonymous left a message on May 9, 2016:
Thank you for your military Service.
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Ed Toussaint left a message on May 9, 2016:
My brother was Don's Crew Chief all through Vietnam. I contacted him while researching my departed brother's experiences for his son's, one of whom was named "Taylor" after Don.During the last few years we have shared meals, telephone conversations and books and pictures. He was always willing to help.He was a gentleman with a first class intellect. He typically understated the dangers he had faced in the Delta. I came to understand that he was a real hero,even though I doubt he would call himself one.My heartfelt sympathy goes out to his family and many friends.
Roxanne Rogers left a message on May 9, 2016:
My lifelong friend! We were born on the same day and went through twelve years of school together. I will miss Don!
Omps Funeral Home left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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