Russell C. Taylor
Russell C. Taylor (1925- )
epitomizes the concepts of working hard and serving others. Born in Red Mesa, Colorado, on November 25, 1925, Russell grew up in Provo, Utah, where he worked in the fields, foundry, and ice plant. He went on to work in construction at Geneva Steel before graduating from Provo High School. Russell then joined the U.S. Navy and was assigned to the medical department as a pharmacist’s mate.
Following his service to his country during World War II, Russell enrolled in classes at Brigham Young University, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in economics. Upon graduation, Russell took a position in New York Life’s new group insurance department. After ten years with New York Life and five years as district manager of Crown Life Insurance, Russell teamed up with two business partners and built a successful company of their own.
In 1990, Russell began working in the banking industry and was named director of the Nevada Community Bank. Later, he joined with another group of investors and helped recapitalize Sun Capital Bank in St. George, serving on the bank board until 1997. In 1995, Russell and his colleagues opened Community Bank of Nevada in Las Vegas.
Russell’s commitment to excellence extends beyond business to the invaluable service he offers the St. George community. He helped get Sun Capital Bank involved in supporting the restoration of the St. George Opera House and Social Hall as well as the creation of the St. George Art Museum, facilities that improve the community by offering residents a beautiful reminder of their pioneer past.
Perhaps his most well known contribution to the community is his donation to the Russell C. Taylor Health Sciences Center, which was dedicated in September 2008. The 78,000-square-foot facility is home to DSU’s School of Health Sciences and opened the door for Dixie State to offer its students a vast array of medical programs.
Russell served for many years on the National Advisory Council for Dixie State as well as on the Celebrity Concert Series Board. In 1994, he was called to Quorem of the Seventies for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Russell also has served in numerous other capacities for the church, including as a member of the area presidency of Europe, the managing director for the LDS church headquarters’ missionary department, and the president of the Atlanta, Georgia, Mission. Russell and his wife, Joyce, have also served as president and matron of the Denver, Colorado, LDS Temple. They are the parents of six children.