Zachary Scott “Zach” Taylor, 41, of Englewood, Fla., died suddenly Saturday, May 10, 2014.
He was born and raised in East Aurora, N.Y.
Zachary had been a resident of Englewood for the last 10 years, after spending eight years in Alaska. Zach graduated from East Aurora High School, and joined the Marine Corps, spending four years as sentry and traveling to Scotland for military duties. Alaska was a big attraction for Zach — commercial fishing, hunting, skiing and mountain climbing there and Chile, South America.
While living in Juneau, Alaska, Zach adopted long-haired Rottweilers, Taku and Eli, who accompanied him everywhere, including his trip on his Shovelhead motorcycle to Englewood and the Appalachian Trail. Zachary loved his dogs as if they were his children. Munchkin “The Biker Dog” joined Zach and Travis on a trip around the country, spreading their father’s ashes in 2003.
Zachary became master welder, self-employed and recently demolishing old factories across the Eastern U.S. While in Virginia, Zach was injured on the job, which brought him back to Englewood for surgery. While recuperating, he decided to write the book, “The Adventures of The Village Idiot.” A book-signing in April was a huge success, and copies are available at The Busted Knuckle of Englewood.
Zachary is survived by his new bride, Malori Eichlor; brother, Travis, owner of The Busted Knuckle of Englewood; mother, Susan (Gregory) Wheeler of Englewood; grandmother, Ruth Arnholt of Englewood; many aunts, uncles and cousins; special friends, Jimmy and Cece Basilotto, and Brian “Rip” Layne; and recently adopted dogs, Sippy and Dippy. He was preceded in death by his father, Orvel of East Aurora; and Taku, Eli and Munchkin “The Biker Dog.”
Zachary will end his journey with a celebration the evening of Friday, June 13, 2014, at the Englewood Event Center.