Kirk Phillip Taylor

March 9, 1951 ~ September 6, 2020 (age 69)


Kirk P. Taylor

March 9, 1951 – September 6, 2020

Kirk Phillip Taylor was born in Pasco, WA, the second child of Bonnie and Phillip Taylor. Kirk was raised in Spokane on Fairmount Place with his siblings and many neighborhood friends. He graduated from Shadle Park High School in 1969 and followed his parents into retail. He began working at Safeway as a box boy and then a meat cutter, which was his profession for the next 41 years.

Kirk and Barbara Ann Roloff were introduced by their siblings in 1974. They were married on a snowy April 5, 1975, in Spokane with family and friends coming from all over the state. Kirk and Barb spent their first year in Davenport, WA, where they welcomed their first daughter Bethany. It was three short years later, with a cancer win, new home, and second daughter Krista that the family settled in Marshall, WA, closer to extended family. The Marshall house was designed with the couples family heirlooms, antiques, and to host family and friends. Many wonderful memories, parties, and loved ones who are no longer with us spent time there. On those 5 acres Kirk was able to have his outhouse, chicken coop, guinea hens, and turkeys and told stories about them for years.

Kirk faced many bouts with illness in adulthood with persistence and grit. He fought through each brush with death with determination to get back to family and friends. In 1989, after getting a position at Costco, Kirk and the rest of the Taylor family made the move over the Cascades and settled in Bellevue, WA. The Taylor family loved to travel near and far and enjoyed meeting extended family for camping, large Christmas gatherings at Fairmount Place, trips to Canada and Hawaii.

Kirk was a collector of antiques and family heirlooms and knew the history of most items in his possession. He loved connecting with family, friends, and the community. Sharing stories, he was able to recall dates, locations, and names of everyone in each photo. Roaming the country, gallivanting and antiquing was something he enjoyed his whole life. In 2000, Kirk and Barb were divorced, and Kirk moved in with James Arthur. In his later years, Kirk found joy exploring Seattle, living in Capitol Hill, and traveling to tropical climates with James Arthur. Kirk and Jim shared the same interest in family, classic cars, and each other.

Kirk would light up when he showed pictures of his grandchildren. He was a boastful grandpa to the Henriksen Five—Zadok, Tirzah, Azaliah, Kezia, and Zimri—and he kept close tabs on the DuSchene crew—Gabriel Powter and Victoria Castro—and many exchange students. Kirk loved being a grandpa and could not get enough time with them. The little angels were a source of pride and made his heart happy.

Always the enthusiast for a family get-together, Kirk would have wanted to celebrate and let everyone know he was turning 70 on March 9, 2021. Kirk passed away on a sunny afternoon in September, enjoying time in Bay View with his grandkids. His passing was sudden, unexpected, and dramatic. We will miss him forever.

Kirk was predeceased by his partner James, his parents, and grandparents. He is survived by Barbara Taylor, Bethany and Ben DuSchene, Krista and Craig Henriksen, brother Brent Taylor and his wife Olga, sister Lynn Seim and her husband Tim, and grandchildren Zadok, Tirzah, Azaliah, Kezia, and Zimri Henriksen, and Gabriel Powter and Victoria Castro.

There will be a virtual service March 9, 2021, at 5:30 p.m., hosted at Seed Church. Please join us via Zoom. If you have a written statement, story, or video you would like to share, please send them to or leave them on this site.

An Interment Service will take place at Greenwood Memorial Terrace in Spokane, WA, in early summer.


Arrangements Entrusted to Emmick Family Funeral Home - West Seattle

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