Ray David Taylor, 67, died quietly in the company of family on Saturday, April 17, after a long illness. Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 20, 2010, in Austin.
He was born Oct. 28, 1942, in Dallas to Ray David and Weta Holley Taylor, and raised in Brownwood, Texas.
A professional photographer, he owned Oak Hill Studio for 20 years. David was a Board Member and Historian of the Professional Photographers Guild of Austin and a certified a photo preservationist. He taught genealogy classes for the Lifetime Learning Institute.
David’s second career was working with homeless youth. He volunteered with the Austin-Travis County Homeless Taskforce in 1997 to collect and archive pictures of homelessness and hunger taken by teenagers living on the University’s “Drag”. After closing his photography studio, he joined LifeWorks staff to work with homeless teens and young adults.
David was a Court-Appointed Special Advocate for abused children. He was a volunteer for Parents Anonymous of Texas, Inc., and at Children’s Hospital of Austin Surgery. In 2007 he was recognized by the Texas Network of Youth Services as the Youth Care Worker of the Year and elected to their Board of Directors.
David was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by wife Mary; brother, Michael Lee Taylor and wife Joy of San Diego; son, R.D. Kincannon, wife Amy and grandson, Ethan David, of Plano; his in-laws, the Hanlon family; aunt, Mary Marshall Holley of Brownwood; and numerous cousins and friends.