Florida High School Athletic Association baseball umpire Larry Taylor passed away on Monday, April 22, 2019. He was 57.
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.
The family will receive friends 5:00-8:00 p.m. Friday, April 26, 2019 at First Baptist Church of Port Charlotte. The service in celebration of Larry's life will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, April 27 at the church. Memorial donations may be made to The Florida District of Kiwanis Foundation; Tidewell Hospice; or place Bibles through Gideons International. To express condolences to the family, please visit www.LTaylorFuneral.com and sign the online guest book. Arrangements are by Larry Taylor Funeral and Cremation Services.
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