Cottage Grove, Opinion & Editorial

LTE: Remembering Ronald Taylor

Dear Editor,

It is with sadness I read the obituary of Ronald Taylor, a well known businessman of South Lane County.

 The Taylor family has been a mainstay in the area for many years.  Wayne and Mizy I had Taylor’s Towing and Wrecking Yard, and son Ron was a long-time employee, and a full-time firefighter/paramedic.  I believe Ron served 32 years with the fire department, answering hundreds of fire and paramedic calls.  

I worked many years with Mitzy and Wayne through the community and Chamber of Commerce. Jean and I had our first contact with them in 1975 when we moved to Cottage Grove. Mitzy was a representative of Welcome Wagon.  She came to our rental house with a big basket of goodies, coupons and brochures, and a happy smile, and it turned into a long-lasting friendship. 

They were members of the Prospectors and Golddiggers Association, and years later they were part of the group who invited me to be a member.

Ron’s wife Carolyon was a photographer for the South Lane Fire Department.  I remember seeing her driving a tow truck, pulling a truck tractor out of the ditch on the RR crossing at Latham Road and Highway 99.

I have used them several times, and always had fine service. 

In Ron’s recent obituary, the word ‘icon’ is used, and properly, so.  But the entire family were icons of the community.

Donald Williams
Cottage Grove



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