CARL HILTON TAYLOR
San Diego, CA – Carl Hilton Taylor, 81, a member of St Therese Parish and resident of the
area, passed away on Tuesday, August 16, 2022, at Arbor Hills Nursing Home, La Mesa, CA.
Born in Colon, Panama, Carl lived in the Canal Zone U.S. Army base until the age of 12 before
coming to the United States with his father, mother, and three sisters in 1952. He was
confirmed into the Catholic faith early in his childhood and maintained his devotion to the
church throughout his life.
Carl served in the U.S. Army for 3 ½ years as a Personnel Specialist and was honorably
discharged after completing assignments in Japan and the United States.
Carl earned a Bachelor’s degree in education from California State University, Los Angeles.
From there he began a successful teaching career that would take him from San Diego to Los
Angeles and back. Carl began his career as a bilingual elementary school teacher in the area
of the Spanish 2 nd language curriculum and was awarded Teacher of the Year during his 20-
year teaching career. Carl was additionally presented with the Certificate of Appreciation
Award by the Sunset School, School Site Council in the San Ysidro School district in
recognition of his faithful service to education and to the community. Upon retiring from
teaching, he enjoyed traveling throughout Europe where he toured a number of religious
points of interest during different trips to the region. In retirement, Carl’s devotion to his faith
brought him the most joy as an active member of the Knights of Columbus and when serving
in his roles as a Eucharistic Minister and a Religious Educator.
Carl was known by his friends and family for his sincere interest in others and his compassion
for the church. He was quick to help fellow parishioners and members of his family alike.
Oftentimes, Carl opened his home to family and friends and would jokingly refer to his home
as the “Hilton Hotel.”
Carl was married to Magdalena for 32 years and is survived by his two sisters, Lucille S. Kelm
(nee Taylor), and Gloria V. Hannibal (nee Taylor) along with a host of family members that will
always remember him fondly.
Memorial Services will be held at St. Therese Parish on September 9, 2022 as follows:
Rosary - 10:30 a.m.
Mass - 11:00 a.m.
Reception - 12:00 p.m. - 2 p.m. Murray Hall
2:00 p.m. - Depart to burial at Holy Cross Cemetery, San Diego,
In lieu of flowers or plants, the family suggests donations to the Sharp HospiceCare Fund.
Link: sharp.com/in memory of Carl Hilton Taylor. By mail: Sharp HospiceCare, PO Box 158,
La Mesa, CA 91944, check memo: In Memory of Carl Hilton Taylor.