Doctor John Taylor retires after 38 years of optometry in Conrad

29_drtaylor_6683-bothFIRST DAY TO RETIREMENT  — Dr. John Taylor stands by his sign on his first day of work 38 years ago and poses the same way just before retirement.  Original photograph courtesy of Marianne Taylor – Current photograph by Barb Endler





By Deanna Wakkinen, I-O Reporter

Dr. John Taylor made his appearance in our community on July 5, 1972 as a young optometrist looking to start a general practice.

Taylor was born to Elrod and Ruby Taylor of Cut Bank and he continued his education there until his departure to Montana State University in Missoula for Pre-med. He finished as a Doctor of Optometry in 1967 from Pacific University.

He began working in Choteau with Dr. J.R. Crabtree but soon joined the U.S. Army as a captain in 1968. Taylor was stationed in Fort Sill, Okla., and then he was sent to Vietnam to be chief of the eye service for the First Air Cavalry.

After one year he was assigned to Brooke General Hospital in San Antonio, Texas as assistant chief of the optometry section.

After his release in 1971, he went back to work with Crabtree in his offices in Choteau and Dutton until May of 1972. With him he brought his wife, Marianne, whom he’d met while working in San Antonio. Marianne had been working with the Red Cross.

Advertisements sprung up in the Great Falls Tribune, The Independent-Observer and other newspapers in the area announcing the opening of his office at 407 S. Delaware in Conrad.

Although little has changed from the excellence of this practice, the address did change to 403 S. Delaware in 1996.

Outside of his professional career, Taylor had three children: Jay, 36, Amy Lierow, 34, and Mark, 28. He also enjoys golfing and dancing.

Both Taylor and his wife have been very active in the Conrad community. Taylor was President of the Chamber of Commerce and participated in other organizations in past as well.

Nov. 12 will be Taylor’s last day of business in our community.

The party to celebrate the end of this long commitment to our community will be on Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. at the Pondera Golf Club.

Festivities begin with buffet style hors d’oeuvres and mingling. Music from Up North begins at 9 p.m.

For more information on the retirement party, call 278-5331.