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Deputy Sheriff Morris L. Taylor | Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Oregon Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Oregon

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


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

Morris,I changed Jobs to the LAPD
Have a better chanch for advancement.

Lt. Billy Vanguard
January 9, 2015

As we start a new year, many changes have been made since you were taken home to be with the Lord. Lives have been affected by just knowing you and your compassion for others.
Today,is alot different than it was 14 years ago. My parents never accepted my faith in God or me or God. Now both are gone. And I am sure you and I want see them again.
My Wife and Little Morris are well. Morris is to everything.I wwill be taken my Bar exam in a few weeks at USC. Praying I wil pass it, I will continue working in law enforcement, as an attorney for LAPD.
Hope all is well with your friends and family
will talk with you soon.
Your friend Billy.

Lt. Billy Vanguard
January 9, 2015

Remembering you and praying for your family
Worthy are you Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for your will they existed and were created . (ESV) Revelation 4:11

Sergeant Bilie Vanhue
December 20, 2014

Good Morning Son: Nov.27,2014

Just want you to know that we are thinking of you. Today is Thanksssgiving, we have so much to be thankfkul for. Especially for the time we had you in our lives. Melissa and the girls are doing just fine, Corinne is married to a good Christian man.
Olivia is a senior, thats hard to believe. Guess that tells us we are getting old. We love you so much and miss you very much.

Love and Hugs
Mom and Dad

Lyndell and Liz Taylor
Parents of Deputy Sheriff Morris L. Taylor
November 27, 2014

Thinking of you today Morris. I will never forget you.

Donna Hannaford
Family friend
October 30, 2014

You are still remembered by many friends
I shall never forget your smile and the love you showed to me and others who knew you.

Our son is doing well and growing.
Our famely attends church, and I have a Bible Study in our home each week with other officers.

Our prayer is for your family that God bless them every day
Your friend Billy V.

corp Bily Vnhue
October 25, 2014

Just wanting to say your NEVER FORGOTTEN. YOUR OUR HERO. SAD DAY.

Widow now remarried
September 14, 2014

Hi Son: 9-1-14

Tomorrow 9-2-2014 will be your 50th BIRTHDAY. Its still hard for us to believe that you are no longer with us, but will be in our thoughts and hearts for as long as we live. We think of you so often and miss you terribly.

Love and Hugs
Mom and Dad.

Liz & Lyn Taylor
Parents of Deputy Sheriff Morris L. Taylor
September 1, 2014

Hi Son: Dec. 24, 2013
Well tomorrow will be Christmas, Dad and I were talking about how you always enjoyed Christmas. Just finished talking with your sister, she and her family are doing fine. If all goes well
she will get her doctorate in Physical Therapy in May of 2014.
Were very proud of her, its hard when you work and have a family to look after. The nieces are doing just fine. We really do miss you a lot,


Mom and Dad.

Liz & Lyn Taylor
Parents of Deputy Sheriff Morris L. Taylor
December 24, 2013

Hi Morris: 12-09-13
Just setting here thinking of you, going through photos and remembering when you were a little boy. Since its getting close to Christmas I remember how excited you always were. It does my heart glad to think of those times. Miss you so much.

Love and Hugs

Parent Elizabeth Taylor
Mother of Deputy Taylor
December 9, 2013

ThAnK YoU To MeN LiKe ****Deputy Morris Taylor **** May you rest peacefully in the loving arms of our Savior and I send praYeRs to your saddened loved ones & May they feel comfort in the good works you had done when you served the ~~WoRLd .... As you march down the thin blue line of the fallen Hero's ,There are many........... HeARtS focused on you as if to say~~~It will be O.K. your with Eternal partners

Jackie Bustamante
saddened in the World
October 31, 2013

I appreciate all the tremendous support you provided others as well as me.....my friend, when I was struggling with a heart breaking crisis in my life you had a big HEART and cared deeply about others esp. children , in many ways you were self sacrificing,dedicated for the good of man, you loved what you did and strove to utilize your gifts from GOD and it was your passion, thanks for all that! I remember meeting random people in the community even a woman at the nail shop who had a story to tell about the appreciation she felt when you intervened while working the streets in a way that resulted in her transforming her life .You were a gift for the world from the creator. I am grateful to have been blessed to know you and as are so many others whose lives you touched ,I miss you and Hope to meet up with you in Heaven.
ReSt in PeAcE
My BrOtHeR

Jackie Bustamante
October 31, 2013

Its another hard day. Cant explain. Most would not understand. Im trying to keep my head up. Margaret

Morris widow now remarried
September 14, 2013

You have not been forgotten. Thank you for your dedicated service to others and for being the true hero that you are.

Bob Gordon
Father of Fallen Chicago Officer: Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04
September 14, 2013

Good Morning,Morris: 09-14-2013

Well Son it has been eleven years today, that you were
taken from us. Want you to know that you are always in
our thoughts, we LOVE and MISS you very much.

Mom and Dad

Elizabeth Taylor
Mother of Deputy Taylor
September 14, 2013

Morris we are all well I Saw the reflection on your birthday
Our little Morris is also a happy Baby
I am still in school My wife is also back at UCLA taking classes in Law. September 14th you moved to your new home and we know you are preparing to come back with the Lord to get us and receive your new body.
Love you my friend.

LT BVilly Vanstorm
September 6, 2013

Deputy Morris: thank you for your contributions and your sacrifice. It's very clear you were loved and made a positive impact on the lives of many people.

May you rest in peace.

Eric Fiterman
September 5, 2013


Just want you to know that we are thinking of you and
miss you so very much. Melissa and her family are doing good.

Love You Very Much:
Mom and Dad

Elizabeth Taylor -
Parents of Deputy Sheriff Morris L. Taylor
September 2, 2013

Hi Morris: 4-12-2013
Was just reading some of your reflections and came across
one from your friend Lt. Billy Vanstorm. Son we are so proud of you and the work you did here on earth. You were such an inspiration to Billy that he became a Police Office, now he is
married and they are expecting their first child, which is going to be a boy,they are going to name him Morris Brian. I know you would be so proud if you were here. We have never met
Billy but we are also very proud of him and what he has done
with his life. May the Lord bless Billy and his family.

Love you always:
Mom & Dad

Elizabeth Taylor -
Mother of Deputy Taylor
April 12, 2013

Morris, I am married to a L A County Deputy Sheriff
We have been married for two years and expecting our first child. The DR said it was a boy. His name will be Morris Brian Vanstorm
After you and my wife's father Brian. Brian is also a LA County Sheriff.

I am still taking classes in law at UCLA
Your friend Billy.

Lt. Billy Vanstorm
April 12, 2013

Remembering you always! Hugs sent to heaven...

Tracy Van Dolah
LEO Family
March 30, 2013


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