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William Taylor, natural resources director tied to base’s earliest years, dies at 100

By Public Affairs Office | Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton | April 05, 2013

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William Taylor, Camp Pendleton’s first director of natural resources, recollects past experiences during his 27-year tenure beginning in 1948. Taylor, 100, was in charge of maintaining Pendleton’s land, wildlife, livestock and ecosystems.

William Taylor, Camp Pendleton’s first director of natural resources, recollects past experiences during his 27-year tenure beginning in 1948. Taylor, 100, was in charge of maintaining Pendleton’s land, wildlife, livestock and ecosystems. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Derrick K. Irions)


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CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. -- Base stalwart and forefather William “Bill” Taylor died at a hospital in Vista, Calif., March 30. He was 100.

A service will be held at Grace Presbyterian Church in Vista April 6 at 1 p.m.

Maj. David Roen, a former colleague at Environmental Security here, wrote the following:

"Mr. Taylor began working at MCB Camp Pendleton in 1948 as the Range Manager, handling erosion and livestock grazing.  His job grew and changed over the next three decades, gradually becoming what we now know as Environmental Security. Taylor retired in 1976 as the Director of Natural Resources, which is the equivalent of Director of Environmental Security here today. 

“Mr. Taylor had a sharp memory and was a wealth of knowledge about the history of Camp Pendleton dating back almost to its founding.  He could remember names and dates associated with many events in Camp Pendleton's history. He was a master story teller and a genuinely good person.  Mr. Taylor is an important part of Camp Pendleton's legacy.”


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