David Rydell Taylor

June 12, 1978 ~ September 28, 2021 (age 43)


David R. Taylor
June 12, 1978 - September 28, 2021

David Rydell Taylor (Big Ry), 43, was born on June 12, 1978. He lived on the Fort Yuma Quechan reservation. Big Ry passed on Tuesday, September 28th, 2021, at Yuma Regional Medical Center.

Rydell worked several jobs throughout his life, he worked for Paradise Casino, Fort Yuma Parks and Recs and one job he worked for many years, from August 2006 until July 2017 was Quechan grounds and landscaping department. He enjoyed working outside even in harsh weather conditions. He liked being around his fellow coworkers as well as workers at various departments. He was a very hardworking and an easy-going guy that loved to put a smile on everyone's face and get a good laugh out of them. He took pride in doing his part to making the reservation look its best and was always there for everyone in his life, whether it be work or just socially. His fellow grounds workers within the department will miss him greatly but will always remember Ry as a friend and coworker.

One thing Ry liked to do was working on the Events Committee alongside his late brother DeShane Taylor, as well as his former committee members. He strived to make the tribes celebrations better not only for the community, but to focus on the children, going beyond to do whatever he could to raise awareness, create more income, and to bring a cultural diversity to the events.

In later years, Ry began his own business. Big Ry's lawn services. Rydell was contracted at the Quechan Housing Authority from September 2017 through January 2020 for his landscaping services. Ry did his best to ensure he provided great services to his community members; he would often provide complimentary landscaping services out of his own generosity. It was important to him to help others when needed throughout his skills. Ry took extraordinary pride in his work and even greater pride in his community. Ry's last job was building his empire Big Ry's Fireworks. Ry was always working hard to provide for his children and grandchildren. He instilled work ethics in all his children from an early age. They all worked and helped run the firework business. Ry loved his children. His goal was to build an empire, so they were all taken care of, which he did with hard work, sacrifices and a vision. He also promised to take care of his mother Christine, which he did until the end. He loved his family and always wanted to help in any way he could. Big Ry loved selling fireworks, he made friends with many people from all over. He loved to talk to his customers and always making sure they had a good time at his shop. So many of his customers became like family, he would help anyone in need and never hesitated, he had a big heart and loved to smile, laugh, joke, or just talk about life and goals. His famous words were The Show Must Go On. Ry's empire will continue with his wife and children running his dream and vision.

He survived by his wife, love, Marla Taylor of 13 years, son; Cedric Lukee, daughters; Briana Burdette, Amber Lukee, MaryAnn Taylor, Marilyn Taylor, MaryAlice Taylor, grandchildren; Odessa and Dominic Williams, Ciara and Irene Lukee. His parents, Christine Lopez, late Alonzo Lopez, Sisters; Yvonne Reyes and Frances Esparza. Brother; Fred Taylor (Elaine). Aunts; Lee Montaldo and Aloha Paahana, numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, cousins, and many close friends.

David is preceded in death by his father David G. Taylor, stepfather Alonzo Lopez, brother DeShane D. Taylor, Grandmother Mary A. Taylor, grandfather Sherwin Taylor, aunt Carmen Taylor, uncles Dudley A. Taylor, Damon Taylor, Dwight Taylor, John Sanchez, Charles Sanchez, Alvin Sanchez and Joseph Montaldo, cousins Ronald Miller, Angel Montaldo and Angel Koteen.

Monday October 11, 2021
2:30 P.M Viewing will be held at Yuma Mortuary & Crematory
775 S. 5th Avenue, Yuma, Arizona 85364
3:30 P.M Services

Tuesday, October 12,2021
12:00 A.M-5:00 A.M Traditional Services will take place at the Quechan Big House
1877 Winterhaven, California 92283

Thursday, October 14,2021
5:00 A.M Re-cremation of Ashes at 2079 Jackson Road, Winterhaven, California 92283

Fred Taylor Cedric Lukee DeShane Taylor ll
Joey Montald Gabriel Alvarez Leo Alvarez
Michael Jackson Jr. Jerome Twohearts Timothy Williams
Elijah Williams Alvin Robles Justin Ruiz
Randall Moody Brandon Duran Pete Alonzo

Honorary Pallbearers
Michael Jackson Sr. Pete Alonso Sean Golding
Walter Hall Edward Hill Brandon Marks
Ernie Stevens Joe Waco George Lay
David Sanchez Henry Koteen Mandel Sanchez Sr.
Mandel Sanchez Jr. Sebastian Cantero Mario Sanchez
Christian Sanchez Charles Sanchez Israel Reyes
Alexis Reyes Rainer Reyes Blake Laurenzana
Mookie Sanchez Xavier Osborne Reuben Irving
Shiloh Burdette Cody Cassadore Marty Cassadore
Anthony Palone Willis Hawkins Claudio Palone
Michael Pagila Matthew Pagila Robert Medina
Oscar Medina Carmelo Medina Frankie Felix
Jacob Rico and Crew

Many thanks to all of you for your prayers, concerns, love, help, tears, and thoughtfulness during this difficult time.

God Bless You,
The Taylor Family.

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October 11, 2021

2:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Yuma Mortuary

Funeral Service
October 11, 2021

3:30 PM
Yuma Mortuary

Tribal Rights
October 12, 2021

Time: TBD
Yuma Mortuary
775 S 5th AVE
Yuma, AZ 85364

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