Gary Howard Taylor, 63 of Fairbanks, passed away Sunday, December 27, 2020 at his home with his family and friends. He was born in St. Clair, MI on February 21, 1957 to Howard and Shirley Taylor. He married the love of his life, Bonnie, on September 25, 1976. They raised their children in Michigan, Wyoming and finally settled in Alaska in 1989, fulfilling his lifelong dream.
Gary was a master automotive technician for over 40 years, an inventor, and a metal sculptor. His latest invention, the Thread Wizard bolt cleaner won the 2016 Global Media award at the Sema Automotive Show in Las Vegas and is growing in popularity nationwide.
Gary enjoyed spending time with family and friends, especially tormenting his granddaughter. He was definitely a prankster, loving a practical joke almost more than anything else. He loved anything to do with motors and speed, racing cars, motorcycles and mud trucks over the years. He was an avid outdoorsman until he was injured in 2001. After his injury, he took up cooking and became known for his homemade breads and jerky.
Gary leaves behind his wife, Bonnie of Fairbanks, sons, Tony Taylor and partner Zara Fenn and Dan Taylor all of Fairbanks, granddaughters, Kaylee (Steve) Townsend and Kaylynn Balcom of Fairbanks and a foster daughter Caroline Sheldon of Michigan. He is also survived by his siblings; Robert (Charlene) Taylor of Michigan, Kenneth (Julie) Taylor of Michigan, Kathy (Rick) Hunter of Alabama, Janet (Wayne) Zurek of Texas, and Randy (Gina) Taylor of Wyoming, and by brothers in law Randy (Gail) Farquhar and Michael Farquhar both of Michigan, and by many cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and by one child, Andrea Taylor of Fairbanks.
A memorial will be held at a later date/ His wife would like to thank Guardian (Angel) Flight Alaska, and Hospice for making it possible for him to be home those last few days. In lieu of flowers, please send a memorial donation to one those organizations.
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