Michael Ray Taylor Senior, also known as Mountain Mike, age 69, passed away on March 18, 2020, in Bakersfield, Calif. He was born in Ventura, Calif. on January 6, 1951, to Dale and Zelma Taylor. Michael grew up in Arroyo Grande, Calif. and graduated from Arroyo Grande High School. After high school he worked for the Forest Service and took much pride in his work passing on stories to his grandchildren.
Afterwards, he worked as a store clerk and soon became the successful tire salesmen we all knew and loved. After years of working for other companies he opened his business; Mountain Mikes Tires. He managed his business for many years in Lake Isabella, Calif. until he retired. Michael married Vivian Joyce Taylor in 1971 in Arroyo Grande, Calif. They were happily married until Vivian passed away in 2006. He married Debbie Taylor in 2009 and remained happily married to her until he passed away.
He loved fishing with his father Dale. He enjoyed the great outdoors and four wheeling with his grandchildren. He loved to travel and visited many areas of the United States after retiring. His family was the biggest joy in his life. Lake Isabella was always Mountain Mike’s home. Michael is survived by his wife Debbie Taylor; his son Michael Taylor Jr., and his wife Priscilla; his daughter Tammy Wimmer and her husband Casey; his grandchildren Savannah Ingram, Landon Ingram, Alicia Carter and her husband Brian, Emily Montoya and her husband Michael, Dustin Taylor, Alexis Taylor, Katie Taylor, and his great grandchildren Ryan Bernstein and Haylie Carter along with his brother Leonard Taylor and his wife Judy; and several stepchildren and step grandchildren.
Michael was preceded in death by his parents, Dale and Zelma Taylor; his wife Vivian Taylor, and his sister and brother Larry and Martha Countryman. There will not be a funeral service held at this time due to unforeseen circumstances. We will be holding a celebration of life at a later date.