Obituary: Michael “Mike” Dean Taylor

Michael “Mike” Dean Taylor, 65, Great Falls, died April 11, 2022 in a motorcycle accident near Parker, California. He was owner-partner of Taylor’s Auto Group. Mike Taylor was born November 4, 1956 in Clovis, NM, the fifth of six sons of Lloyd and Barbara Taylor. An Air Force family, they moved to Sembach Air Force Base, Germany, and then to Glasgow Air Force Base, Montana. The family moved to Great Falls in 1964 when her father retired from the military.

At 17, he became a car salesman, which marked the beginning of a long career in the automobile trade. He loved his horses and his hunting trips in the mountains. A hard worker, he also played hard. He enjoyed skiing, dirt biking and snowmobiling with his family, brothers, nephews and many friends. He was passionate about riding his Harley Davidson, roaming the open roads of much of the western United States and Canada for the past 24 years as one of “three friends”, including his wife Karon and brother Ron.

In the early 1980s, he started a business venture with his brother Jim and his sister-in-law, Bamma. Beginning with virtually nothing, the business venture grew into what is now known as “Taylor’s Auto Group”. This includes Taylor’s Automax, Buick GMC, Nissan, Jim Taylor’s Motors, Taylor’s Transportation, and The Taylor Land Partnership.

Mike’s children from a previous marriage, Lindsay and Chad are the delight of his life. In 2009, he met his true love, Karon. She would bring her sons Joey and Trevor into the family. Together they would bless Mike and Karon with eleven grandchildren, Kade, Henley, Aspen, Grey, Caelin, Rilynn, Remingtyn, Koen, Jackson, Hailey and Lincoln. He was crazy about the times spent with them. Mike also made sure his son with special needs, Trevor, lived his life to the fullest.

He is survived by his wife, Karon Taylor; daughter, Lindsay (Corbett) Somerfeld; sons, Chad (Abbey) Taylor and Trevor Taylor; stepson, Joey (Stephanie) Iverson; and eleven grandchildren, all of Great Falls; brothers, Lloyd (Sharolyn) Taylor of Great Falls, Ronald (Peggy) Taylor of Missoula, James (Bamma) Taylor of Great Falls, Steven (Annie) Taylor of Great Falls, Mark Taylor (Heidi) of Great Falls; and many nieces and nephews.

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