Donald Leroy Taylor, Sr.
Donald Leroy Taylor, Sr. was born and raised in Hanford, CA. He was the parks and recreation director for the city of Hanford. Donald will best be known for his coaching skills. He coached youth softball for many years, was involved in local sports clinics (featuring local professional football players); played amateur baseball for Fresno A's. Along with his coaching skills, Donald was well known for the timeless hours he spent being a friend, mentor, big brother and role model for many of Hanford's youth of all races. Donald was instrumental in establishing the Longfield Center Hall of Fame.
Donald is survived by his wife, Veronica Taylor of Hanford; two sons, Donald Leroy Taylor Jr. of Hanford and Jabari Del Taylor of Fresno; two daughters, Rashida Oni Taylor and Jamila Annie Mae Taylor both of Hanford; three brothers, Gene and Deril Taylor Jr. both of Hartford, Tony Taylor of Fresno; two grandchildren, Ashland and Jacob Taylor both of Hanford.
Donald was a member of Second Baptist Church in Hanford since his youth, being baptized in 1951, and rededicated his life to the Lord on September 19, 1998. Donald lived a life filled with generosity, compassion and love for his family and fellow men. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, neighbor and friend.