Ken ‘Doc’ Taylor, born Sept. 11, 1961 in Seattle passed away peacefully at home on Aug. 24, 2010 in Oroville, Wash.
Ken was active in Bellevue Explorer Scouts through high school, immediately following graduation he became a volunteer firefighter moving into the fire house on Tiger Mountain in Issaquah, Wash.
He became an EMT in 1980 and continued his volunteer fire fighting throughout the greater Seattle area until his retirement in 2004.
He received many certificates of merits and awards for outstanding service. He was instrumental in starting the Fire Explorer Program in Fire District 45 (Duvall, Wash.).
He also was an ambulance driver in Seattle for 15 years until 1999, demonstrating his passion in helping others. He moved on to earn his CDL and drove trucks in the greater Seattle area until his move to Oroville, Wash.
Ken was an avid motorcycle rider, active in ABATE and involved in numerous motorcycle events in the greater Seattle area. He participated in Rolling Thunder in Washington D.C. and the Children’s Run in Seattle. He helped organize and set up the Run to the Border charity ride from Wenatchee to Oroville for several years.
He had a passion for the history in the area he lived and was an avid member of the Okanogan Borderlands Historical Society. He, at one time, was active in Civil War reenactment.
Ken was a member and participated in the Oroville Chamber of Commerce, holding elected positions over the years. Also an active member of the Eagles, he enjoyed his participation in Friday steak night preparation and cooking.
He is survived by his loving partner, Vivian Taylor; her daughter, Tracie Thorson and husband Brad Miller; brother, David Taylor and his children: Rebecca and Michael; many loving aunts, uncles and cousins; extended family of many biker brothers and sisters; and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Barbara Rinker Taylor and his father, Gary Whitestone Taylor.
Donations can be made in the name of Ken Taylor for the Okanogan Borderlands Historical Society at the Sterling Saving Bank.
A celebration of Ken’s life will be held at the Eagles Hall in Oroville beginning at 1 p.m. on Sept. 11.
Bergh Funeral Service of Oroville in care of arrangements.