Memorial service for Will Taylor is Saturday

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Will Taylor

William David Taylor, 21, of Mercer Island, died March 4 in Santa Clara.

Taylor was born Aug. 4, 1995, at Saint John’s Hospital in Santa Monica to David and Kendall Taylor. The family moved to Mercer Island when Taylor was two months old. He attended Pixie Hill Preschool, West Mercer Elementary School, Mercer Island Middle School and Mercer Island High School, graduating in 2013.

Taylor was attending Santa Clara University, majoring in economics, with a minor in political science. He was a member of Sigma Pi fraternity, and planned to graduate in June.

An avid athlete, Taylor played many years of basketball, including four at Mercer Island High School. In college, he was active in intramural sports, his fraternity and community service. Taylor coached many younger athletes on Mercer Island through the Boys and Girls Club and the Little Dribblers Program. He enjoyed skiing with his family, boating on Lake Washington, cheering for the Seahawks and spending time with friends. He was a member of the Mercer Island Presbyterian Church.

Taylor was a bright, spirited and joyful presence in the lives of those who knew him. He lived surrounded by loving family and friends, and his death will leave a hole in many hearts. He is survived by his parents, David and Kendall Taylor of Mercer Island; his sister Kathryn Carlotta Taylor of Santa Monica; his brother Michael Wicklund Taylor, also of Mercer Island; his grandmothers Carolyn Wicklund of Sun Valley, Idaho, and Janet Taylor of Portsmouth, N.H.; his much-loved aunts, uncles, and cousins; and many friends from Mercer Island, Santa Clara, and elsewhere, including his girlfriend, Paige Olson. He is preceded in death by his grandfathers, Alvin Taylor and Eldon Wicklund.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the Mercer Island Youth and Family Services Foundation, In Memory of Will Taylor, 2040 84th Ave. SE. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 11 at the Mercer Island Presbyterian Church.

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