Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff Morris L. Taylor

Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Oregon

End of Watch Saturday, September 14, 2002

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Morris L. Taylor

Rest in peace.

Lt. Jim Russo

September 15, 2017

Good Morning Son: Sept.15,2017

Well today marks another anniversary, fifteen years ago you were taken from us. Not a day goes by that I don't think of you. Dad and I were so BLESSED to have you as our son. I LOVE you so much.

Much Love and HUGS

Mother, Elizabeth Taylor

September 14, 2017

Dear Morris: Sept.01,2017

It has been some time since I have written. Since tomorrow will be
your 53rd BIRTHDAY, I really wanted to write you. It is very difficult for
me this time, always before I signed it Mom and Dad.

On December 24,2016 Dad went home to be with our Lord and Savior.
I miss him so much, we would always discuss your BIRTHDAY and talk
about the parties we would have when you were a little boy. You enjoyed them so much and would be so excited. Needless to say I miss you both
more than words can express my feelings.

Love and Hugs

Elizabeth A. Taylor

September 1, 2017

Billy, what a wonderful thought that there is another sweet Morris in this world. It is a great name to live up to. Raise your child in the Lord....

Love and blessings to you and your family. You are welcome to look me up in So Cal.

Melissa Carmean

September 1, 2017

RIP brother, you will always be remembered.

Officer J. Honeycutt
Utah Valley University Police Dept.

April 20, 2017

This reflection is to get the Word out that a young man who is a Deputy's son is building a Memorial which will include our Hero Morris Taylor's name at the courthouse in Roseburg. Look it up on Kpic or other resources. We love to see this. Help make it happen!


October 19, 2016

I Thank God for knowing you.and your witness for Christ. I was only twelve years old. You gave me hope.
Little Morris our son is doing well. Cant believe he is four years old.I know you are with the Lord now and you can't read this note, but your friends and family can. My wife and I will always remember you.

Billy V

Billy Vivens

September 21, 2016

Well MORRIS, I can'y believe it has been fourteen years
since you were taken from us. The loss doesn't get any easier.
We miss you so much.

Love and Hugs
Mom and Dad September 14,2016

Mother,Elizabeth Taylor
Parents of Deputy Sheriff Morris L. Taylor

September 14, 2016

I woke up yet another day at dark o'clock hours reflecting on you this day. Oh what another sad day without you. We look forward to the day of Jesus Christ so we may see you again. I know you are not in Heaven reading this but the Lord will tell you..........I hope. God Bless! <><


September 14, 2016

Good Morning Son: 09-02-2016

Wanted to wish you a HAPPY BIRTHDAY. Another birthday without you, we miss you so much. We are doing pretty good a couple of little health issues but nothing too serious. Your sister is well so are your nieces Corinne and Olivia. They are now lovely young women. We LOVE you very very much.
Love and Hugs
Mom and Dad
September 2, 2016

Lyndell and Liz Taylor
Parents of Deputy Sheriff Morris L. Taylor

September 2, 2016

I think of you everyday. Yesterday was more profound than most as I interacted with a wonderful officer that reminded me of you. Steve Hon of the San Francisco PD assisted me after my purse was stolen from the rental I was using on vacation. He was compassionate, encouraging, thoughtful and respectful. He was you.
As I always do, I tell every officer to be careful out there, and scold them if they aren't wearing their vests.....
I miss you so much, my big brother, my forever hero. It's so hard not to have you to talk to.....but you continue to live on in every officer I see, and I know we will see each other again one day.
Love you always,

Melissa Carmean

August 8, 2016

Morris - It has taken me nearly 14 years to write this short reflection. Years ago, I came across this website and never bothered to say anything. I'm not sure why. Maybe it's because I've kept alot of emotions to myself. I often think about backing you up that day and what, if anything, I could have done different. I'm sorry I couldn't do anything more.

After reading all these positive reflections, it's apparent what an impact you had on others!

Take care Brother!

Sergeant James Dougal - Phoenix, AZ
Former DCSO Deputy / Friend

April 23, 2016

A New Year 2016
& Morris You would not believe how crazy the world has become .......I lost my father now & Those children we discussed so many times are about leaving the nest .....& What a experience raising them has been .....I Want to Thank You again with all my ~HeART~ For all those late night n early morning phone calls and words of support,guidance & encouragement when I and my children had encountered a family crisis .What a Fine Loving Man you evolved to be What a great Heart you had &psych a sharp mind!I miss you & Look forward to reuniting with you & All my very special Loved ones in Eternal life soon....Please keep a eye on my Father until the day that we all meet up again in our Heavenly Father's Glorious Kingdom

Sister in Christ

January 23, 2016

I remember officer Taylor,was staying at The Stardust Motel....had rented a old fashioned VHSMovie at a video rental store in Drain and gone to the bank...We had two beloved Tabby Cats ...White Paw male,and Little One female...and I loved that Peaceful Fresh Air Stardust common law wife Kalika and I were unmarried in part because Social Security cuts benefits to disabled married couples...A Red sport type car came in Friday rents a room...We watched our movie ...Charlie The Lonesome Cougar twice that evening ,my first movie theatre experience as a child...THEN at 7am I heard little pops like ladyfinger fireworks,,,casually looked out window then ....O GOD a poor POLICEMAN in puddle of B.......Well I ran into the motel bathtub ,for protection from bullets...God Bless Officer Taylor ,and prayers for White Paw and Little One Church Benedictions requested for Me,Kalika officer Taylor his parents ,wife,white Paw and Little One amen....the police dept was professional and polite...thoughtful,brought a big motorized RV....and I still recall using its restroom ,getting a fresh Turkey sandwich,and all Motel patrons treated to a Brunch at the mom and pop DENNYS type restaurant in Curtin ...Bear Creek Road ,II Recall...PS...I'm mentally disabled which may explain long letters when I only intend a sentence or two....good day.

Richardwilliams,not police officer
Stardust Motel rm ?16?,top story,far right

January 14, 2016

Good Morning Morris: 12/24/2015

Well here it is Christmas Eve. Of course Dad and I have been
thinkingt of you and all the good times we had on Christmas.
We are expecting a blizzard here on Sunday. Love you bunches.

Blessings and Hugs
Mom and Dad

lyndell and Liz Taylor
Parents of Deputy Sheriff Morris L. Taylor

December 24, 2015

Hi Son: Nov.26,2015

Just thinking of you like I do so often. We are doing pretty
well, Dad is recovering from some major surgery he had done in September. We are so thankful that we have each other and
Melissa and the girls. They seem to be doing okay. Just want to say we miss you very much and love you forever.

Love and Hugs
Mom and Dad

Mother,Elizabeth Taylor
parents of Deputy Sheriff Morris L. Taylor

November 26, 2015

Still think of this difficult day! Such an amazing man's life was taken way to soon!! So blessed to have know such a great man whom brought his dispatchers Krispy Kreme donuts with his wonderful wife.

Mirelle Wright

September 14, 2015

Thinking about Morris today and saying he is NEVER forgotten. It's still surreal that tragic day. Oh Lord come quickly! In Him, Margaret

Margaret widow now remarried

September 14, 2015

FOREVER etched in my mind is the image of you flying that little old plane into Florence to meet up with me for lunch. Your smile was from ear to ear!!
The conversation the day before was that I said I'd thought it would be a little too windy and your quick comeback was "I'll be flying Stealth!"
I questioned what you meant and you said you'd fly UNDER the wind.
Little did we know that would be our last visit together. You, Margaret and I shopped all over Florence and had dinner together before you took to the skies again .
What has since struck me most about that day was you mentioning one of your favorite Bible verses.. "They that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength. They shall mount up with WINGS as eagles....."
Morris, you got your HEAVENLY wings!!
How we all miss you (and your contagious sense of humor) but our sorrow is lessened by knowing WHERE you are . This old earth is about ready for CHRIST'S entrance back to reign eternal and then...THEN...we shall see and rejoice FOREVERMORE with all the saints!!
I KNOW you'll be there right along side of us!

Former Reserve Deputy
Coos County

September 14, 2015

Hi Morris: 9-14-2015

Well another year has gone by without you. Can"t believe it has been twelve years. Needles to say we are sill heart broken.
You were recently joined by your Aunt Edie,we also miss her very much.

Love you forever
Mom and Dad

Mother,Elizabeth Taylor
Parents of Deputy Sheriff Morris L. Taylor

September 14, 2015

Good Morning Morris: 9-2-2015

Dad and I were just talking about you, which we do a lot. We miss you so much. Wanted to wish you a Happy 51st Birthday.
Things are good here could be a lot better if you were with us.
We love you so much and are so very proud of you.

Love and Hugs
Mom and Dad

Lyndell and Liz Taylor
Mother and Dad

September 2, 2015

Deputy Taylor,
You never knew me, but I recently drove by a roadside memorial placard with your name. After seeing that sign, it never left my thoughts. I became enveloped with a desire to know your story. Through a fellow officer, I learned the details of your final call for service and EOW. Although we never met, I felt deep sorrow over your loss. Since then, I have encountered folks who knew you and they all spoke of what a tremendous person you were while you walked upon this earth. You made the ultimate sacrifice and are missed by many. When I think of you and how you were taken from your friends and loved ones so quickly and unexpectedly, it makes me run back into the house and hug my wife and kids one last time before heading out for my shift. I cannot help but think of you and so many others who have paid the ultimate price to serve and protect their fellow man. I can only take comfort in knowing that you are in a better place and watching over us, just as you did for so many years down here. You are a true hero Deputy Taylor. Your are in my family's thoughts and prayers. Rest in peace brother.

Officer George Sheppard
Roseburg PD

June 21, 2015


Especially thinking of you this week. We think and speak of you often. Zachary is almost 14 now, you used to rock him in my old rocking chair when he was just a baby. Kirstyn, who you took to Sunday school class because she was scared to go by herself, is grown and married with her first baby on the way. They have both grown up knowing what a hero you are, not just in Law Enforcement but in how you spread Christ's love. They know that everyone who met you saw Jesus in you. :) We've made sure that they knew that about Uncle Morris. Thinking of you this week and honoring your sacrifice. Love you Margaret and praying for you still.

Shawn & Jennifer Riesen
Deputy Douglas County Sheriff's Office & Friend

May 13, 2015

I am Morris Taylors Widow. I am touched by Jennifers post. It gives me a better picture of His last moments here on earth. Oh what a sad day. I read it over and over to many friends and family. I could not stop flowing with tears. His heart was that he lay his life down for fellow man. He was ready to go meet Jesus Christ. We prayed the Morning He left and part of His prayer was ......Lord come quickly. He was always under fire for His faith so that being said made Him want to be with Jesus. The bad guy was the instrument to bring it to fruition. I pray Jennifer and your Dad and family that witnessed this... that the trauma you guys suffered is being healed. Life is ugly sometimes but if we know The Lord we will be ok in the end. I pray your family knows Jesus too. Consider this if not. Thanks you again. We love to read sad or not about our Hero too! God Bless! <><

Widow now remarried

March 15, 2015

Hi Morris,

You have never met me and it's unfortunate that you never will. I wanted to thank you for saving me and my family's life.

I was only 12 years old when I went on a road trip with my family for the first time. My dad drove for 8 straight hours before he got tired and decided that we should stay at Stardust Motel.

I woke up the next morning only to see dad slowly opening the door to check what the loud commotion was outside. That's when you screamed at my dad to run for cover and as my dad closed the door, that's when the gunfire started.

After what seemed like hours hiding and praying in the washroom for it to be over, I later found out that you and the gunman were both killed.

I'm turning 25 soon, and I just want you to know that I have kept you in my prayers every single year for saving my family, among the many people that you have protected in your years of service. I have never forgotten your bravery and I wish the deepest sympathies to your family and friends.

Thank you for being my hero.

Jennifer N.

March 4, 2015

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