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Kevin Taylor

November 22, 1938 – September 18, 2016

The Rev. Gordon Kevin Taylor, former rector of St. Mark’s Church, Downey, died Sept. 18, a week after suffering a hemorrhagic stroke. He was 77.

A service will be held on Saturday, Sept. 24 at 11 a.m. at St. Matthias’ Episcopal Church, 7056 Washington Avenue, Whittier, where Taylor assisted in recent years.

Survivors include Taylor’s two brothers, Alphie Taylor and Ben Taylor (Margaret); three nephews, Mark, Kevin and Benjy Taylor; and a grandnephew, Daniel; and a cousin, Bill Taylor (Pen).

Taylor also assisted at St. Margaret’s Church in South Gate (2004 – 2011). He was rector of St. Michael the Archangel Church, El Segundo, from 1994 until he retired in 2004; from 1999 to 2001 he also served concurrently as priest-in-charge of St. George’s, Hawthorne. He also served for a year (1994) at St. John’s, La Verne, after his tenure at St. Mark’s Church, Downey. Previously he assisted at St. Wilfrid’s, Huntington Beach (1982 – 1984).

Gordon Kevin Taylor was born Nov. 22, 1938 in Belfast, Ireland. Before entering the ordained ministry, he worked as a shipping buyer. He was educated at Theological College and Trinity College, University of Dublin, and ordained to the diaconate in July of 1973, and to the priesthood in June 1974. He served as curate of St. Luke’s Church, Belfast, from 1973 to 1977. He was a member of the Society of St. Francis, and served as superior of the order’s house in Belfast from 1973 to 1980. He emigrated to the United States in about 1982, transferring his canonical residence to the Diocese of Los Angeles.