I will provide more details later (e.g. funeral arrangements, etc.). I suggest that no one call the house right now, for all of the obvious reasons.
Remembering Wylie Taylor...
The following messages have been sent by friends and colleagues:
Our prayers will be with Wylie and Shelby as they continue the transitions of life.
Greg and Carol Lawson
I first met Wylie at the annual Marine Corp Birthday bash he would put on every year, first at Microdata then later at MDFSC. I grew close to him and Col. Jim Lau over the years and will miss them both. Wylie always had a smile and put forth a positive attitude no matter what the circumstance. I know he lived a great and fulfilling life and will be proud of his achievements when it is time to step back and make an accounting.
He was and is a Marine (an individual) you can point to and say with certainty he fulfilled the Corp's three standards of Honor, Courage and Commitment.
In the third verse of the Marine Corp Hymn the last few lines go:
If the Army and the Navy
I am sure that both he and Jim will be part of that unit.
Until we meet again on that big
grinder in the sky;
Dennis L. Rice
Unlike most of the people I met while working at Microdata, I got to know Wylie better after he left the company. I came to know him as both a scholar and a gentleman and a very compassionate human being who always thought about others before himself. He very much cherished the friendships he made and demonstrated that by turning out for the annual gatherings year after year, struggling up the stairs at the Barn with his oxygen tank in toe.
One year not too long ago, Garrett Hildebrand learned that Wylie was thinking about not coming because he didn't think he could make it up the stairs. Garrett organized a crew of able-bodied folks who were going to "assist" Wylie in negotiating the stairs, but when he arrived, he wasn't going to have any of that and, one by one, took the stairs on his own (USMC determination, no doubt). Wylie will surely be missed by the earth-bound, but the slow torturous suffocation of emphysema is over for him. God rest your soul, Wylie Taylor.
I did not know Wylie, but my heart goes out to his family just the same. May he rest in peace.
Donna St. Jean Conti
Wylie Taylor was one of the first Microdata employees that I met when I was hired at Microdata almost 20 years ago today. During that time, he helped me both professionally (by being encouraging, supportive, and positive) as well as personally (by listening with patience, understanding, and advice) to the various problems that I have encountered in my personal life. He has been a true friend, and will be missed by all who knew him.
I will miss you, Wylie! Thanks for your twenty years of friendship.
Marcie (Gebauer) Miller
After I filled out a job application at Microdata Corporation and handed it over in a spur-of-the-moment decision to drop by the company one day, Wylie was the first person I talked to there. Over the next 14 years he advised me on every major career decision I made while working there. It all started when he found out that I had just left active service in the Marine Corps as an honourably discharged Sergeant. I discovered that I was still part of that special fraternity even though I had become a civilian again, and Wylie was the one who introduced me to that fact.
Since Wylie left Microdata as it finally came apart, he had to make a special effort to contact me if he was going to talk to me, or I him. Over the years I discovered that Wylie is a special "people person." He remembered all the many people he worked with over the years, and made an active effort to stay in touch with many of them. For this reason, a lunchtime visit with Wylie would be a sort of running account of what many others are doing in their various successful careers. Wylie would periodically call me out of the blue, and we'd chat for a while. Every so often he'd suggest we go out to lunch and chat. He always showed interest in what others were doing with their lives. And though he had a raft of medical problems, I never heard him complain.
What a rare and wonderful person Wylie was. I remember him fondly, and will always.
I have a few quotes to share that complement Wylie because he was proud of the Corps.
The United States Marine Corps, with its fiercely proud tradition of excellence in combat, its hallowed rituals, and its unbending code of honor, is part of the fabric of American myth.
--Thomas E. Ricks; Making the Corps, 1997
Marines die, that's what we're here for. But the Marine Corps lives forever. And that means YOU live forever.
--Gunnery Sergeant R. Lee Ermey, playing the character role of the mythical Gunny Hartman, a United States Marine Corps Drill Instructor in the movie, "Full Metal Jacket," 1987. (you can hear this by visiting http://www.marinescoutsniper.com/Default1.htm the screenplay is available at http://www.home.ins.de/~fmj/Docs/Screenplay/Screenplay.doc )
Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference in the world. But, the Marines don't have that problem.
--Ronald Reagan, U.S. President; 1985
My name is David Acosta, during a new manager week long training I had the pleasure of working one on one with Wylie. He said to me, "what do you really want out of life, where you do want to be in 10 years?" I replied, "VP of Sales." It turns out that in ten years, I am owner of my own company. No one had ever asked me what I wanted . Wylie helped me to understand where I wanted to go with my life. He displayed confidence in other people and he helped me to work harder toward my own goals. His memory will always be in my heart.
David J. Acosta
I don't think I ever saw Wylie with a frown on his face. Indeed, a celebration is in order.
In memory of our good friend and colleague – Wylie, a person that was:
Frank and Thea Reinhart