After 97 years of life Taylor High passed away March 15, 2022. He was born on the family homestead to Rex and Zella (Taylor) High February 2, 1925, in South Poe Valley, Klamath Falls.
He spent his youth playing with his cousins and working on the family ranch. After high school, he joined the Navy in 1944. He was honorably discharged and returned to live and work on the family ranch. On May 1, 1948, he married Betty King. The family continued to run the ranch operation until his retirement. Taylor lived on the family century farm until his death. Coffee was always available in his home every morning with regular visitors Gary Voight and Bob Langley. You could see most mornings having coffee at the Red Rooster having coffee with Jerry Adolf and Al Leatch and his favorite waitresses. He also traded stories with fellow ranchers and friends every Tuesday at the Klamath Livestock Auction Yard while enjoying Melissa’s lunch. Taylor was a member the Poe Valley and Midland Granges for 83 years and the Oregon Cattleman’s Association.
He was loved and admired by family, neighbors, and friends. He didn’t know a stranger and enjoyed relating stories about the history of farming and ranching around the basin. If you happened to be able to go on a drive with him, he would be let know who homesteaded or lived on various properties.
A memorial service will be held at the South Poe Valley Parks and Recreation building (The Grange Hall) April 2, 2022, at 1:00 PM.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Betty, sons Terry, Martin, and son-in-law Bruce Jensen, and brother Joseph Martin High.
Taylor is survived by son Dean and Vickie High, daughter Brenda High-Jensen, grandchildren Andy and Jenn High, Melissa High, Martin Jensen, and three great-grandchildren
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Bedfield Cemetery (501C3)1582070-93, c/o Cara Ginestar 17434 S Poe Valley Rd, Klamath Falls, OR 97603 or a charity of your choice.