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Scott Leonard Taylor

November 9, 1948 ~ August 10, 2023 (age 74) 74 Years Old

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Scott Taylor, 74 of Vero Beach, Florida, passed away Thursday, August 10, 2023. Born in Miami, Florida, the son of Scott Taylor and Mildred Plumley. He moved to Kissimmee form Melbourne, Florida in 1973.
Scott was a receiver in high school football at Eau Gallie High School. In 1968 when he graduated he could have gone on to college to play football but instead he chose to join the Army and was in the 82nd Airborne. He was transferred overseas during the Vietnam War. After the war he went back to Melbourne and decided he wanted to be a Florida Highway Patrolman. After his training in Tallahassee he was placed in Kissimmee as a new patrolman. As fate would have it, Kissimmee is where his paternal grandmother grew up back in the mid 1800’s. Scott’s grandfather came to Florida and was an engineer on the Sugar Express Railway in 1880’s. Scott’s father and uncles were part of the era of old Florida cowboys who drove cattle from areas of Kissimmee, Okeechobee, Brighton and all in between over to Punta Rasta to ship to Cuba and about. Scott’s father was quite a story teller about the old days of the 1910’s, 20’s, 30’s and so on. Scott grew up hearing stories of cattle rustling, cattle drives, rounding up wild cattle, hardships and Seminole Indians in the Everglades during the beginning of the 1900’s when those parts of Florida were still wild. His father tramped him around and through those swamps exploring and hunting as a child. He has fond memories of working cows as a young man with his father and uncles in the Brighton and Sebring areas. Scott had a great respect for the cattlemen and even today he enjoyed being around them. 
While Scott was living in Kissimmee he met, then, Cpl. A.L. Harris of the Highway Patrol Auto Theft Investigations Unit, who had a daughter fresh out of high school named Debra. The two met at her Uncle Bill Harris’s house during a cookout and married in 1975, the rest is history as they say. They have 3 boys named Scott Leonard Taylor II, Jarrod Lee Taylor and Brad Landon Taylor within the first 5 years of marriage. Scott and Debra have 3 beautiful and much loved grandchildren. Their oldest son, Scott has a step daughter named Logan Smith. The middle son, Jarrod, has 2 children, daughter Haley Taylor and son Jarrod Lee Taylor II. Scott and Debra were married for 48 years. He coached peewee football and attended his sons little league baseball games when they were young. Scott was a Mason and also belonged to the The China Post One American Legion. While in the highway patrol Scott joined the Highway Patrol Pistol team and competed as a team member with his father in law. 
Scott left the Highway Patrol after a few years and went to work for Kayo Murphy at the Osceola County Sheriff’s Department. He worked his way through the ranks in different units within the department. He was in the investigation unit and served as SWAT Commander for the department and competed in numerous matches with other departments around the country.  He gave his time training deputies and being a mentor to young law enforcement officers. 
In the 1990’s Scott left Osceola Sheriff’s department and went to Indian River County Sheriff Department there he met Roy Raymond. A couple years later Roy ran for office and was elected as Sheriff and asked Scott to be his Chief Deputy. During his long time law enforcement he also served in the Army Reserve and National Guard. After leaving the Army, originally, he came home and joined the U.S. Army Special Forces and earned his green beret. After several years with them he transferred over to army CID. He has attended many school and classes in both careers and earned numerous medals and certifications. When 9/11 happened Scott was called up to active duty and left for Iraq. At the time he served in the 383rd MP Div. investigating and identifying the bad guys and apprehending opponents that endangered our country. He was among those who created and utilized new and successful programs of advanced identification technology. Among their many duties he also investigated mass grave sites where many of the locals were murdered and buried together. While overseas Scott decided to stay active duty Army and retired from law enforcement. He was in Iraq and Afghanistan on numerous tours after 9/11 until he retired. While stateside in active duty he was stationed in Washington D.C. and travelled back and forth home on weekends. When he finally retired from the Army he was a highly decorated Chief Warrant Officer 4. Scott was still a patriot. After he left the army he signed on as a contractor and worked with several companies that supported the military in their mission in the Middle East. 
When he finally returned home for good he became passionate about golf and guns. He was an avid golfer and strove to be the best he could be.  He and Debra had a passion to rescue dogs and give them homes and life they deserved. They brought home greyhounds, mutts and pitbull type dogs that others refused. They also loved beagles and had a family of four. He loved those dogs almost as much as his he did his boys. He even had a small soft beagle puppy he carried overseas in his pants leg pocket with him. He said it was his good luck charm. Scott and Debra cared for their youngest son together at home for 43 years until Scott passed away. He will be missed by all. 
A Celebration of Life memorial service for Scott will be held on Saturday, February 24, 2024 at the Heart D. Farm, 5800 Canoe Creek Road, St. Cloud, Florida at 1:00 P.M. with Reverend Bob Reaves officiating. Scott will be accorded full Military Honors by the Osceola County Veterans Council Honor Guard. Memorial contributions may be made to a favorite animal rescue or Furever Bully Love Rescue, www.facebook.com/FureverBullyLoveRescue,to Zelle & Paypal fureverbullyloverescue@yahoo.com
Venmo@fblr03, 5673 CYPRESS CREEK DRIVE, GRANT, FL 32949.
The Taylor family is being cared for by CONRAD & THOMPSON FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES, 511 EMMETT STREET, FLORIDA 34741 (407)847-3188




 

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