Delmar Taylor lost his battle with cancer Sunday morning, Jan. 20, at his home in Basin. He was born Feb. 2, 1938, in a small house less than a quarter mile from where he lived most of his life.
His parents were Odus and Ethel Taylor. He was the youngest of three boys Clifton, Lenard, and Delmar.
He went to school in Basin and then to work for Gordon Chisolm as a teenager. He lived in Riverton for a few years. He moved back to Greybull and returned to work for Gordon.
In 1971 Bob Walton offered Delmar a job with Big Horn Redi-Mix. Delmar worked at Redi-Mix until he retired in 2010.
On Jan. 12 1973, Delmar and Bernadine Watts Wiberg were married. They celebrated their 46th anniversary a week before his passing.
They had four children: Carl, Kitten (Viola), Diane, and Thomas. Their children’s friends spent many hours at the Taylor home developing lifelong bonds and friendships. These childhood friends still stop by to say “Hi.”
Delmar’s experiences at Redi-Mix were many. He drove mixer truck and was one of the few operators who could run every piece of equipment there. For many years he was in charge of the shop and maintenance at the Greybull location. He is probably most remembered for the hundreds of miles of concrete lined irrigation ditches that he was responsible for installing throughout the Big Horn Basin. He was also an excellent welder and fabricator.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Lenard and Clifton.
He is survived by his wife Bernadine and their four children, nine grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. They are Carl and his wife Gina their three children Kiara, Delmar, Caleb, and their granddaughter Astra; Kitten and her two daughters Sabrina and Eva; Diane and her husband Ben, stepdaughter Ashley, stepson Ryan and sons Carl and Marshall; son Thomas and his two dogs; also many nieces and nephews who always loved spending time with their uncle Delmar.
Funeral services will be held Friday, Feb. 1, noon, at the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Powell, 1350 N. Gilbert Street. Graveside service and interment will follow at Penrose Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Save the Basin Gym in Delmar’s name.