John Kenneth Taliaferro, 63, of Brownwood, Texas, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013, in Odessa, Texas.

John was born Oct. 6, 1950, in Odessa, to Marquis and Dorothy Taliaferro. He graduated from Odessa High School and attended Howard Payne University. John served as the Vice-President of Operations for Texas Reamer Company. He was then the owner and President of Orion Industries until his retirement. John was an avid outdoorsman and pilot who enjoyed flying, scuba diving, sports fishing, tennis, and hunting. He was also a loving father and grandfather. In the last years of his life, John lived in Brownwood, caring for his parents.

John is survived by his son, Chris Taliaferro and wife Cheryl; daughter, Jennifer Henager and husband Chris; daughter, Michelle Munos and husband Jason; parents, Marquis and Dorothy Taliaferro; brother, Marquis Taliaferro Jr. and wife Hattie; sister, Charlotte Theaux and husband Eugene; and grandchildren, Madison and John Samuel Taliaferro and Ethan and Jaxon Henager.

The funeral service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, at Davis-Morris Funeral Home in Brownwood, with Mark Blau from Menard officiating.

In lieu of flowers, John and his family request that donations be sent in honor of John Taliaferro to the Hospice House at 903 N. Sam Houston, Odessa, Texas, 79762 or to The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, P.O. Box 4486, Houston, Texas, 77210-4486.