John Taylor mourned by community, BREC _lowres

Advocate file photo by STACY GILL -- BREC Commissioner John Taylor speaking at the ground-breaking for the Regional Veterans Park in Zachary in November. Taylor, 81, a resident of Zachary, died Feb. 17.

Zachary resident and BREC Commissioner John Taylor, 81, was remembered at a Saturday memorial service for his dedication to recreation and volunteerism.

Taylor, who was appointed to the parish parks commission in 2012, missed only one meeting.

Taylor, who died on Feb. 17, served on numerous BREC committees and took interest in projects slated for the northern part of the parish, although he advocated for high-quality recreation activities parishwide, a news release said.

“The entire BREC team joins the commission in mourning the death of John Taylor. He epitomized the role of public servant, volunteering his time to make the East Baton Rouge community a better place to live, work and play through his four years of service on the BREC commission,” BREC Superintendent Carolyn McKnight said. “As the chairman of the Golf Committee, John was instrumental in the creation of a new strategic plan, which is improving maintenance of the courses and creating a more efficient operation. John was a friend, and our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Nancy, their two children and the entire Taylor family during this difficult time.”

Taylor served in the Arkansas National Guard, the U.S. Army and the Army Reserve.

“As a veteran, John championed events and projects for veterans across the parish,” McKnight said.

At the time of his death, Taylor was serving as an organizing member of the Regional Veterans Park and its association.

A celebration of his life was held Saturday at First Baptist Church of Zachary, followed by a graveside service Sunday in Crocketts Bluff, Arkansas.

BREC said it would honor Taylor’s service and memory at its monthly meeting during a moment of silence. Donations in his memory can be made to the Regional Veterans Park by visiting