Jeffrey Louis Castrey
February 29, 1956 - April 7, 2012
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|Jeffrey L. Castrey "Taylor" passed away April 7, 2012 at his home in Fairbanks. He was born in Vancouver, Washington to Patricia and Jim Castrey. Jeff was 15 years young, but 56 years old as he was born on February 29, 1956, Leap Day.
Jeff had wonderful memories of his grandmothers and their delicious meals together. When he was a kid, his father would take him up in his open cockpit biplane practicing stunts and acrobatics in preparation for aerial competitions and demonstrations. In his school days he was an accomplished roller skater. His mother would drive him in their motorhome to compete in various skating competitions.
After graduating from Vancouver High School he moved to Fairbanks to run one of the family businesses, Ace Plywood. During those days he enjoyed racing snow machines and motorcycles. Once the box stores moved in, Ace Plywood was eventually sold. The warehouse next door was reinvented and it became a retailer rental that Jeff managed. Jeff also built and sold Big Top picnic tables.
Jeff enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, grayling fishing, boating and traveling to Hawaii. He also attended meetings, as a friend of Bill W., where he developed many friendships. Although Jeff's health had declined, he was able to enjoy one final hunting trip and the outdoors last fall before receiving his cancer diagnosis. As the disease progressed and with the many complications that go with it, Jeff's former in-laws stepped in to watch over and care for him. Over the years Jeff regarded them as his brothers and sister adopting their last name and insisting that the name Taylor be added to his.
Jeff was preceded in death by his grandparents, parents, and adopted parents Bill and Ann Taylor.
Jeff is survived by his sister Jamie Zueger of Washington, Ricky Taylor who was beside him in his final hours, Greg Taylor, Darlene Bishop, and his former wife Sandra Taylor. Jeff is also survived by his close friend Sarah Witt.
The family would like to thank Ed and Gloria Rodgers, whom upon Jeff's request built his beautiful casket; Nick Motschenbacher whom took Jeff to his many appointments said he will continue to pray for Jeff every day; Gary Brockman and the many other friends who provided rides, meals, or came to sit and spend time with him.
As were Jeff's wishes he will be buried near his parentsť, Ann and Bill Taylor at Birch Hill Cemetery this summer.
As Jeff would say, Life is no picnic without a Big Top. Rest in peace Jeff in the Big Top, heaven.
The funeral services officiated by Anna Frank will be held at St Matthew Episcopal Church on April 21, 2012. The viewing will be at 3:00, service at 4:00 followed by a potluck/potlach dinner in the Parrish Hall. Friends are welcome to bring a covered dish.