John Gregory “Greg” Taylor, 63, of Amarillo, Tx died Tuesday, August 27, 2019.
Greg Taylor was born in Lockney, Tx to Windell and Barbara Taylor. He lived many places growing up as a minister’s son but called Amarillo home since 1971. He attended Caprock High School where he was active in ROTC and President of the Rodeo Club. It was there that he met Denise Horn at a high school rodeo. They both graduated in 1974 and were married December 14, 1974.
In July of 1974, he joined the Amarillo Fire Department and promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in 1982, at the age of 25. In 1984, he was asked to be a part of the Arson Task Force and completed the Amarillo Police Department’s 53rd Academy. He then joined the Fire Investigator’s office in Amarillo. While there he attended ATF school and in January 1989, he was appointed Fire Marshal for the City of Amarillo and retired from public service in December of 1995. He then went into private investigation and worked tirelessly in the area he loved for the rest of his life.
When he wasn’t working, he loved fishing, working on projects with Denise but most of all loved spending time with his grandkids and watching them do what they loved.
He is survived by his wife, Denise, of 44 years; son, John Marcus Taylor and his wife Rachel of Murphy, TX; daughter Tiffany Shelton and her husband Phillip, of Amarillo; grandchildren John Gage Taylor, Avery Taylor and Chloe Shelton; his father, Windell Taylor, of Amarillo, brother Larry Taylor and wife Teresa, of Amarillo; brother Jeff Taylor and husband John Lacaria, of Austin; sister Kim Lopshire and husband Dave, of Schaumburg, IL; father-in-law, Joe Horn, of Amarillo; as well as many loving nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Barbara Taylor, of Amarillo and mother-in-law Billie Horn, of Amarillo.
Memorial services will be at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, August 31, 2019, at Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel with Bryan Van Meter officiating. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.