In Memory of Dennis Taylor(1952 - 2017)

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Name
Dennis Taylor
Spouse
Melanie
Children
Reagan, Gabriel, Delani
Birth Date
April 11, 1952
Blessing Date
July 1, 1982
Ascension Date
May 29, 2017  
Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Our dear, beloved brother, Dennis Taylor, of the Tempe, Arizona community, ascended to the Spirit World on Memorial Day morning, May 29, after a lengthy battle with cancer. Dennis has been with our True Parents and our Unification family for over 40 years. He has been part of the Belvedere security team until True Father released him to focus on developing his martial arts, and Dennis went on to make great contributions in the field of Kyokushin Karate. His family and many friends will forever remember Dennis for his love of life and nature, and for his exemplary life.

Dennis is survived by his wife Melanie; his children, Reagan, Gabriel and Delani; and grandchildren, Kate, Danielle and Connor.

Let us join together and support Dennis' family, and pray for his victorious transition to a glorious new life in the spiritual world, where our True Father and many saints are waiting with open hearts and arms.

Following is Dennis' biography by Staffan Berg and Ronda Flowers, from the Tempe, AZ community, and information about the Seonghwa Ceremony.

Sincerely,

Dr. Ki Hoon Kim
Continental Director

​Dr. Michael Balcomb
President

Dennis Taylor was born in 1952 and is a rare third-generation Arizonan.  After serving in the Navy, he joined the Unification Church in 1975. He fundraised in Arizona and Utah to support his brothers and sisters and was soon called to New York City to assist then UC President Neil Salonen.  Dennis helped to restore the newly purchased 4 West 43rd St. building and later evaluated the New Yorker Hotel.

His great physique brought attention from True Father who requested Dennis work in security at Belvedere and East Garden.  Here he was introduced to Kyokushin Karate under the direction of Shigeru Oyama in Fairfield, CT.  True Father released him from Belvedere so he could concentrate on the martial arts.  During the next 7 years, he became a 3rd degree Black Belt, assistant to Oyama, expanded Kyokushin with a national headquarters in Greenwich Village in New York City, organized international tournaments and became an international champion.  From there he moved up to Highland Falls, NY at West Point Military Academy and opened up a Kyokushin dojo there.  In Arizona, Dennis worked on real estate development for ARC Steel.

He was blessed to Melanie Pinholster in Madison Square Garden in 1982. They have three children, Reagan, Gabriel, and Delani, and are blessed with 3 grandchildren, Kate, Danielle and Connor Taylor.

Dennis had a love for life, led a life of service to others, and was a wonderful example to all.  His loved hiking, nature, the heat of Arizona, rock crawling in his Sukuki Samarai, camping, new ideas and politics. Melanie has no doubt Father needs warriors in heaven and called Dennis home.

Seonghwa Ceremony

The Seonghwa Ceremony will take place on Sunday, June 4, at 9 a.m. at Green Acres Mortuary and Cemetery, 401 North Hayden Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85257.
In lieu of flowers, the family invites you to give a donation to your favorite charity in Dennis’ memory.

For additional information, please call Ronda Flowers at 480.242.9054

Seonghwa Ceremony

Time
9:00 AM
Date
Sunday, June 4, 2017
Location
Green Acres Mortuary and Cemetery: 401 North Hayden Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85257

Comments (12)

  • Cynthia

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    R.I.P Dennis and thank you for your service! Our deepest condolences to the family!!!
    R and C Nakai

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  • James Edgerly

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    Dennis –
    We remember you well for your devotion and service. Great job here on earth brother! From those you leave behind, our best wishes for you ascension.

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  • Carol Pobanz

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    A big man, with a big heart… Deepest thanks for your loving service.
    Prayers for a smooth transition and comfort for your family.
    The Pobanz Family

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  • Edwin Pierson

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    Happy trails, brave warrior . . . Blessings and prayers to the family.

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  • Arnold Evanson

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    Dennis,

    My good brother whom I loved and admired.

    I knew you were ill, but this is still a shock to me, as I somehow thought you were invincible with your strong physique and larger than life personality.

    I know heaven will be a brighter place with you there and can’t wait to see you again.

    Lot’s of love, Big Brother.

    Arnold Evanson

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  • Mark Anderson

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    Dennis is a truly great brother who had many deep, personal experiences with True Parents. He will be greatly missed.

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  • Laura Taylor hayashi

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    Blessed transition! Thanks for your service

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  • Barbara Moseley-Marks

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    Dear Dennis, I did not know you were ill. I have fond memories of you and your bright and beautiful smile. May you have a speedy transition. To you Melanie and the rest of the family, may you all be embraced and surrounded by heaven’s richest love and blessings.

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  • John and Catrine Von Dinklage

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    Our deepest condolences to Melanie and your beautiful family. We were blessed to have only met you at Sam and Naomi’s wedding but we were all amazed we didn’t see your couple leave the celebration dance floor when we all ran out of steam! Thank you for such a beautiful and touching memory. May that love shine forever in your heavenly life!

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  • Helen Downey

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    Best wishes for the next level and thank you for the family here now, building the stairway to heaven one step at a time.

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  • Randall Casseday

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    Melanie, I rememher you and your husband. He made a deep impression on me while I was living and working at Belvedere/East Garden. I am positive True Father, Hyo Jin Nim, and Heung Jin Nim will be sure to assist him transitioning to his new mission. He lives on forever there and in our hearts! He did a great job here on earth.

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  • Aaron Duncan

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    Osu Sensei Rest in peace. You were more than an Instructor to me but like a father. Jim and I are happy to have known you. You gave me the tools for life before you taught me the tools of carpentry and for that I am grateful. May Melanie and the kids be blessed through the morals and ethics you have left behind for them to follow. Osu.

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