Joe was devoted to his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and horses. Joe was always direct and straightforward, sometimes to a fault. But those who looked beyond the gruff exterior knew a kind, loving and loyal father, grandfather and friend.
Joe graduated from Grand County High School and Colorado State University. He was a lifelong rancher in the Moab area and continued a family legacy of generations of cattle ranching in the area as a partner in Taylor Livestock. He had a summer cabin on the La Sals on Beaver Creek and a home in Professor Valley. In the last couple of years he had relocated to Delta, Colo.
He was also a person of national stature in the quarter horse community, as a breeder, show competitor and judge. He was one of only a handful of people to judge the AQHA World Show more than once. His line of Mexicali mares has been nationally regarded for decades as athletic working horses. He was also influential in developing the Australian shepherd dog breed in the U.S., and his original pair of Buena and Rusty still show up in the pedigree of many of the leading dogs today.
Joe is survived by his three children, nine grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and three siblings: daughter, Tracy Carroll (Kevin) and children Kyle Taylor and Jayce Burton; daughter, Chara Lee Norman (Robert) and children Tiffany Norman and Justin Norman; son, Jick Taylor (Helene) and children Tanisha Taylor, Hailey Taylor, Cameron Taylor, Lydia Taylor and Kyler Bernal; son, Joe Michael died as an infant in 1980. Joe’s great-grandchildren are Landon Taylor and Brock Norman.
Joe is also survived by Susie Tangren Taylor, his former wife and the mother of his children. Joe is also survived by his brother, D.L. Taylor (Colleen); sister, Suzanne Hood (Andy); and brother, Jeff Taylor (Pam); and seven nephews and three nieces. His brother, Don Courtland, died as a child in 1933.
There will be a gathering of family and friends to remember Joe on Friday, July 19 from 5-7 p.m., at the Branding Iron, 2971 S. Highway 191 in Moab.