Leslie George Taylor, Jr., M.D.
Leslie George Taylor, Jr., M.D. passed away at his home on February 24, 2018 at the age of 84. He was the son of Sarah Jane Willis and Leslie G. Taylor, Sr., born in Sebring, Ohio on September 5, 1933.
A loving husband, father and grandfather, Dr. Taylor is survived by his wife of sixty years, Jane; three sons: Les III of Phoenix, Stuart of Lakeland, Florida, Neil of Clearwater, Florida, and daughter-in-law Mary of Midland Texas; five grandchildren: Sarah Chesworth (Tyler), Melissa, Caroline Jane, John-all in Texas-and Garrett in Florida; his sister Marilyn Dalton of Louisville, Ohio and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, his son Mark and brother, James.
Following graduation with a B.S. from Mt. Union College in Alliance, Ohio in 1955 he attended the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry from which he received his Medical Degree in 1959. After completing an internship and residency in general surgery and urology at Akron General and Children’s Hospital in Akron, Ohio he practiced urology in Lorain and Oberlin, Ohio until being called into military service. He served in the U. S. Army Medical Corps in Saigon, Vietnam as a surgeon in 1968-69, followed by time at William Beaumont General Army Hospital in El Paso, Texas, and was honorably discharged at the rank of Lt. Colonel.
It was at this time Dr. Taylor moved with his family to Litchfield Park, Arizona to be on the original staff of Walter O. Boswell Memorial Hospital in Sun City when it had its opening in November 1970, and he had a private practice of urology in Sun City until his retirement. He served as Chief of Surgery at Boswell, was a member of the Maricopa County Medical Society, The Arizona Medical Society, the American Medical Association, and was certified by the American Board of Urology. He was a member of The Church at Litchfield Park.
As an avid fisherman his favorite spots were the lakes in Arizona’s White Mountains for trout and on Florida’s Gulf Coast for ocean fishing. He was known locally for his year-round vegetable gardening and for sharing the harvest with friends.
Dr. Taylor was profoundly dedicated to excellence in the practice of medicine and for the well being of his patients; he touched countless lives and improved the quality of life for many. He will be remembered; he will be missed. It is his request to have no formal memorial service. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Hospice of the Valley.