Thursday, August 1, 2013
June 15, 1934 — July 28, 2013
Harry Taylor, Athena, passed away July 28, 2013, at his home at the age of 79. Visitation for family and friends will be held Friday, Aug. 2, 2013, from 9-10 a.m. at the Athena Baptist Church followed by interment at the Athena Cemetery. Memorial services will begin at 11 a.m. at the Athena Baptist Church with Pastor John Nichols officiating. Those who wish may make memorial contributions in memory of Harry Taylor to the Samaritans Purse in care of the Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home, 902 S. Main, Milton-Freewater, OR 97862.
Harry Allen Taylor was born on June 15, 1934, in Yakima, and died peacefully at home in Athena, on July 28, 2013.
He is survived by his wife, Patricia Taylor, at the home; daughter Holly Carrera of Walla Walla; and grandchildren Nicolai Carrera of Boston, Mass., and Morghan, Alec and Mailen Carrera, all of Walla Walla. He was preceded in death by his son, Brett Taylor, in 1996.
He and his wife celebrated 52 years of marriage in March 2013.
He was employed at Pacific Basin Trading Company in Athena, for 14 years in the research and development department, working to improve the performance of imported Hodaka motorcycles. He is referred to by others as “Mr. Hodaka,” and was one of the founding fathers of Hodaka. He often said he was “employed on a 14 year holiday.” Motorcycles were his passion, after his family and friends. In 1968 he won the Daytona 100cc class, in Daytona, Fla., on his Hodaka. He founded his own company, Taylor’s Racing Concepts, following the closure of Pacific Basin Trading Company. He was later employed at Starting Line Products in Idaho Falls, Idaho, and continued to consult for them until his death.
His grandson, Alec, said it best that “old legends never die.” Harry will be greatly missed by his family and friends. To leave a condolence on-line visit: www.munsellerhodes.com.