Marcus H. Taylor
Marcus Harrison Taylor, age 41, left this earth and became our guardian angel on Tuesday, December 26 while in the arms of his wife, Elizabeth, in their home in Atlanta.
Marcus was born November 24, 1976 to Pamela and Harold Taylor, of LaGrange, GA. His childhood was spent in LaGrange with his parents and brother Jonathan. He graduated from Troup County High School in 1995 where he was a varsity wrestler for one of the top teams in the state. Marcus’ path led him to Georgia Tech where he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering. Marcus was a member of the Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity and will forever be a part of that brotherhood. After graduation, he worked for Clark Construction and helped build the National Museum of the American Indian on the Washington, D.C. Mall. Marcus spent the last 13 years working for JE Dunn Construction where he made a giant impact as a leader and was recognized as an inspiring person that had a passion for mentoring and coaching others. The Marcus Taylor Inspiration Award will forever bear his name and be given to the most inspiring employee each year. He was the recipient of the 2017 award. Marcus also had a passion for endurance sports and being outdoors. He spent countless hours with his crew running and biking all over the country and as a result formed many incredible friendships and bonds.
Marcus strongly believed that being a Christian starts with building a personal relationship with God, and like all relationships you must invest time to learn and understand in order to grow. Marcus did just that and in 2015, in front of over 200 friends and family, he was baptized at Buckhead Church and declared Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. Marcus said he could rest comfortably knowing that God is for him and he is part of His masterplan. He believed that doing the next right thing, while focused on what’s most important, will create an atmosphere where the best is brought out in everyone around you. Marcus truly made this world a better place. Matthew 22:37-40, “Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the laws and the prophets.” Marcus believed this was the most important component to finding joy and living life well.
On June 24, 2017 Marcus married his soulmate Elizabeth. Marcus and Elizabeth began their relationship on March 10, 2016 and lived a lifetime of experiences and memories together. They were true soulmates and both firmly believed that God crossed their paths at exactly the right moment and they were meant to be together from the moment they met. They walked through life hand-in-hand, as one, every step of the way and remembered to love every single day. Together they loved traveling, being with family and friends, cooking, dancing together, spending time outdoors, waterfalls, sunsets and making each other laugh. He will also be missed by his companion Logo, Marcus and Elizabeth’s dog.
Marcus was preceded in death by his Maternal Grandparents: Vern and Chris Cutler (Springfield, GA) and his Paternal Grandfather Jack Taylor (Jesup, GA)
Marcus is survived by: his Wife Elizabeth Taylor, Parents Pamela and Harold Taylor (LaGrange, GA), Brother Jonathan and Ginger Taylor (LaGrange, GA), Grandmother Minnie A. Taylor (Jesup, GA), In-laws Mark and Maureen McKiernan (Birchwood, MN), Sister and Brother-in-law Colleen and Matt Christianson (Hugo, MN). Nephew and Nieces; Hayden and Ava Taylor and Addison Christianson; many Aunts and Uncles: Danny Cutler (Merry Ann), Gene Cutler (Kitty), Glenn Taylor (Terri), Pat Malone (Emmit), Rod Taylor (Polly) and Rhonda Sells (Allen) and many special cousins.
In Marcus’s words, “The journey I’m on has brought me to a place I could never have imagined as I continue this fight worth fighting, with a life worth living, in pursuit of a life well lived. I love my life and while welcoming a reprieve from the status quo of cancer, I would not sacrifice the experience, the depth of relationships or the understanding of how life is meant to be lived for a different set of circumstances. Life’s a trip.” Marcus showed us all what it means to live well with no regrets, how to positively impact others and how to Eat the Elephant one bite at a time.
Memorial Service will be held on January 4, 2018 at 1:00 at Buckhead Church: 3336 Peachtree Rd, Atlanta, GA 30326. A celebration of Marcus’ life will be held following the service at JE Dunn Construction 2555 Cumberland Pkwy SE, Atlanta, GA 30339. Contributions in Marcus’ name can be sent to Buckhead Church: http://buckheadchurch.org/engage/give.
Love you, Marcus.
I am So sad for Marcus, Elizabeth and all whose lives he touched. This obituary is beautifully written and very full of God’s love and the strength that Marcus had.
Thank you, Marcus, for showing us all how to walk this journey with dignity, strength, and love.
What a beautiful tribute to this man of God! Our prayers are with you Elizabeth, Pam & Harold & Jonathan
What an outstanding young man. Sending our love and prayers.
You will live on in our memories.
I only knew Marcus for a short while through his very loving friends, Chris and Margaret. I instantly felt his good nature, sense of humor, and joy. Seeing him through this experience has reinforced my first impressions. He was very special and touched so many lives. I am sad for those who will miss him.
Rest easy Brother! You will be missed. Keep an eye on us all and we will see you again someday.
As one of Marcus’ physicians, I can testify that he was truly remarkable and inspirational individual. I rarely encountered someone who had such as lust for life and a fighting spirit. His parents and wife were a tremendous source of his strength. I am very sorry to hear of their loss.
Marcus, you have touched many and your memory will continue to do so.
Harold and Pam,
What a beautiful tribute to your son. We’re so sorry to hear this. Praying for peace and the love of God to comfort you both.
Thoughts and prayer for the Taylor family
Because of this we trust and we long to depart from the body and to be with Our Lord.
Marcus exemplified this to the utmost.
My thoughts and prayers for you Elizabeth and to all of Marcus’s family. Enjoyed my weekly visits with Marcus. He was special.
Marcus was a great man. He was easy to talk to and got along very well with others. He will be missed
Many thoughts and prayers for Harold, Pam, Elizabeth, Jonathan, family and friends. I am so sorry for your loss. May God’s grace comfort you during this time of sorrow.
While we mourn our loss, let us give thanks for the blessings that Marcus gave us.
In ancient Rome the name Marcus referred to the god of war, but Marcus was a man of peace, except for his war on cancer. His fight extended his life years beyond earliest projections. His “Eat The Elephant” journal was inspirational, based on the saying, “How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.” What a bite he took out of life!
I like to think that the name Marcus comes from the ancient Etruscan word for harvest. His last two years were bountiful, a blessing to his family, his soul-mate Elizabeth, his friends and co-workers. The light of the Lord shone brightly in him. So, it is fitting that we light a candle to his memory, a light that shall not fade as long as he lives in our collective memory.
He was a blessing.
When thinking about Marcus his laugh is the first thing that comes to my mind. That laugh straight from the gut that was so contagious. May you try to find a bit of laughter each day when remembering Marcus.
My prayers and thoughts are with you all!
I am sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.
Harold and Pam, I am so very sorry to hear about the loss of your precious son. My prayers are with you both and Johnathan as well. I send my love to all of you.
Dear Elizabeth, With Sincere Regards, Kenyon