The Punta Gorda native was a legendary umpire and officiated many Florida High School Baseball State Championship games, with his last one coming in 2018 in front of his father Edward. Taylor was a key contributor in running the baseball Final Four once the FHSAA moved it to Lee County in 2013, lending a helping hand at every opportunity. He also served multiple tenures on the FHSAA Officials Advisory Committee.
Taylor was instrumental in writing the FHSAA manual for Three-Man Mechanics. For more than three decades, he served student-athletes, coaches and fans as a baseball umpire for the South Gulf Umpires Association, eventually rising to the position of president in the Association. He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Marian, as well as his children, Candy, Robert, Rachel and Jay; his grandchildren Kirstyn, Aubrianna, Ethan, Draven, Trenton, Lizzy, Matthew, Landon and Loryn; and his siblings Kimberly, Carol, Mike Chris, Taylor and Tony.