SGT MATTHEW WAYNE TAYLOR
Matthew Wayne Taylor, age 33, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, May 10, 2012 at his home in Caro. Matt was born August 25, 1978 in Flint, the son of Mark and Connie (Johnson) Taylor. He graduated from Millington High School and enlisted with the United States Marine Corps at 17, serving for four years. Following his honorable discharge from the Marines, Matt enlisted with the Michigan Army National Guard in Flint, where he was deployed to Iraq and served as a photographic reporter. Following his first tour, Matt enlisted with the Kentucky Army National Guard and was again deployed to Iraq and remained in the country as one of the final American soldiers stationed there. Matt was united in marriage with the former Grace Ceci on May 17, 2011 in Caro. He will be remembered best as a compassionate husband and father, and spent most of his time at home caring for his family. Matt enjoyed playing sports, especially baseball, bowling and shooting pool, working out and traveling with his family. He was a member of the Morgantown, Kentucky American Legion and V.F.W.
Matt is survived by his loving wife, Grace Taylor of Caro; infant daughter, Starlet Taylor of Caro; step-daughters, Ava and Gloriel Salas of Caro; his parents, Mark and Connie Taylor of Lake; father-in-law, Anthony Ceci of Caro; sister-in-law, Gloriel Moleski and her fiancé, David Hulbert, of Clio; brother-in-law, Roy Ceci of Colorado; and countless friends and military brothers.
A memorial service has been planned for 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at the Ransford Collon Funeral Home in Caro. The family will be present to receive friends on Tuesday from 12:00 p.m. until the time of the service at 2:00 p.m. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorial contributions to a scholarship fund being established for Matt’s daughter, Starlet, c/o Grace Taylor, 205 West Sherman Street, Caro, MI 48723. The family was assisted with these arrangements by the Ransford Collon Funeral Home of Caro. Friends may share memories, thoughts and prayers online at www.RansfordCollon.com.