Bert Leroy Taylor passed away on April 30, 2016 from complications of asbestosis.
Debunking his myth that only the good die young, he left this world at age 65.
He’s finally breathing easy.
Bert was born on October 16, 1950 in Blackfoot Idaho to Edward Russell Taylor and Mona Katherine Bailey Taylor.
He was the youngest of 4 children and by far the most spoiled, especially by his one and only sister Barbara.
Bert met the love of his life Mona Hatley in 1967 and somehow convinced her to marry him on January 2, 1970.
Together they raised 5 amazing kids who are proud to call him Dad.
Bert supported his family by working in construction as a carpenter for many years before going to work for the INL in 1983 and retired from there after 29 years because of his health.
Bert never met a stranger.
Any one that crossed his path became a friend and then part of the family.
He had a knack for making everyone feel welcome, usually by making them feel totally uncomfortable at first and then putting his arm around them and saying “Oh I’m just kidding with ya”.
He had an uncanny knack for always being in the right place at the right time to help anyone who may need a hand.
Bert loved to be on the go.
He was always out bummin’ usually causing hate and discontent somewhere along the way.
But his true passion was his family and spending time with them camping.
He also took great pleasure in being lawyer, judge and jury for his grandkids.
Bert is survived by his wife Mona, his favorite pains in the butt, Travis (Melissa) Taylor of Firth, Stephanie (Wade) Jones of Basalt, Shannon (Greg) Cameron of Manhattan Montana, Danielle (Jared) Dursteler of Idaho Falls, Blake (Stacey) Taylor of Firth and his 13½ grandkids who are his true pride and joy.
He is also survived by his brother Dale (Marie) Taylor of Spokane Washington, his sister in law Mary Taylor of Syracuse Utah and his favorite big sister Barbara Wiser of Blackfoot.
He is preceded in death by his parents, a brother LaVar Taylor and brother in law Dean Wiser.
The family would like to thank Jill and the rest of the staff at Hospice of Eastern Idaho for all they did for Bert and his family.
Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at the Firth Stake Center (823 North 675 East) in Basalt.
The family will receive friends Tuesday evening from 6:00 till 8:00 p.m. at Nalder Funeral Home, (110 West Oak Street), in Shelley and again Wednesday morning One hour prior the services at the church.