Our beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend, Milt Taylor, age 72, passed away in Salt Lake City, UT on May 12, 2021 after a brave battle against terminal cancer. Milt was the second child of Milton and Anne Taylor. Milt attended Stewart School and East High School. Growing up, he often spent his summers in Idaho working on his family’s potato farm and sheep camps. He served in the England British Central Mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He earned an undergraduate degree in Business and Finance and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Utah. Milt and his wife, Pam Nichols, were married in the Salt Lake Temple. Milt and Pam have three children—a son and twin daughters. Milt dearly loved his wife, children, grandchildren, and friends.
Milt owned his real estate business and management company for over 40 years. Milt was honest, practical, hardworking, and humble. He was willing to help with any job regardless of the size or level of difficulty. Milt truly worked all the days of his life. Even after his cancer diagnosis, he was often found doing manual labor in his yard or doing other acts of service for his friends and family.
Every year Milt set different types of goals such as educational, financial, service, spiritual, and health. He was always trying to improve himself and learn new skills. Over the course of his life, Milt taught himself many home improvement skills including building decks, fixing sprinklers, painting, tiling, installing hardwood floors, and renovating cabins. He spent many evenings and weekends helping his family, friends, and neighbors with their home improvement projects as well. Milt was a voracious reader. His favorite reading materials were the Scriptures, suspense novels, and legal thrillers.
He served faithfully in the Church and had infinite love for his Heavenly Father and Savior. He held many callings including serving in the bishopric and serving as the Branch President of a care facility. Church members say that he was always smiling as he served. Milt was a dear friend to many in his ward and neighborhood.
Milt loved participating in and watching all types of athletic events. He was on the swim team at both East High School and the University of Utah. His specialty was the backstroke. He was also on the water polo team at the University of Utah. Milt was an avid bicyclist. During his early adult years, he competed in triathlons. He excelled at the swimming and biking legs. He coached soccer for many years—his favorite people to coach were his children. It was important to him to attend all his children’s and grandchildren’s sporting events, whether they wanted him to or not. He was their biggest fan and found great joy in cheering them on. Milt loved spending time outdoors including bird watching with Pam and angling with his “fishing buddies.”
Milt loved to travel. He and Pam frequently vacationed in St. George, UT; San Diego, CA; and Jackson, WY. His favorite trip was a 31-day cruise from San Francisco, CA to Sydney, Australia. He also enjoyed traveling to Hawaii, Italy, France, Switzerland, and New Zealand. He liked to try new foods and restaurants while traveling, as long as they served Heinz ketchup. In fact, some of his favorite gifts to receive included a Costco-sized container of Heinz ketchup, white Gold Toe socks, and Prell shampoo.
Milt was preceded in death by his parents, Milton and Anne. He leaves behind his wife, Pam; children, Ty Taylor (Madi), Nichole Parrish (Patrick), Nichelle Elton (Craig); eleven grandchildren; and sisters Joan Mansour and Lana Davis (Dan).