James Scott Taylor dies at the age of 85 in Orem, UT.

Language Specialist James Taylor
Language Specialist James Taylor

Talented Utah State Languages Specialists, James Scott Taylor passed away peacefully on Jan 6, 2016. James was born in Provo, Utah and grew up in Price Utah. James attended BYU and received a Masters Degree there. He received a PhD at Ohio State University and attended Heidelberg University, Universidad de San Carlos in Guatamala, Université Laval in Quebec, and UCLA in Southern CA.

James met his sweetheart, Deanna Kay Hoen in Mexico City while studying and they later had 11 children and 20 grandchildren. James taught Spanish, German and French in the LA School Systems. In 1962 the Taylors moved back to Provo where James taught at BYU for 40 years in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. He served for 5 years as Director of the BYU Language and Intercultural  Research Center and worked heavily with the Spanish Study Abroad program, even initiating the Madrid Study Aboard program. Two of his district roles was when he served as President of the Utah Foreign Language Association and the Utah World Languages Specialist.

James was faithful to his religious convictions, serving actively in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints as a bishop, in the MTC (Mission Training Center) presidency, and as a couple missionary in Spain and in the Church Translation Division in SLC. James assisted in the preparations for the LDS edition of the Bible in Spanish, among many other services.

One of the beloved remembered traits about James was that he was “Deeply loyal to his family but friendly and generous to everyone, Jim opened his heart and home to all without hesitation.”

Funeral services will be held Thursday, January 14 at 11:00 am at the Orchard Stake Center at 810 East 600 North in Orem. Friends may call at the Walker Sanderson Funeral Home at 646 E 800 N, Orem, from 6–8:30 Wednesday evening and at the church from 9:30–10:30 am prior to the services. In lieu of flowers please consider donating to the LDS Perpetual Education Fund.