Retired Washougal Fire chief dies

Memorial service for Basil "Booj" Taylor will be held Saturday

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Basil "Booj" Taylor

A man who served 36 years as a local firefighter has passed away.

Retired Washougal Fire Chief Basil “Booj” Taylor died Wednesday. He was 75.

Taylor was the WFD chief from 1992 to 1997. He served in that department, starting in 1983, after working for the Camas Fire Department for 21 years. Taylor retired from the CFD as a captain in 1982.

He graduated from Camas High School in 1955, then served in the U.S. Army from 1956 to 1958 stationed in Germany.

A viewing will be held Friday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Straub’s Funeral Home, 325 N.E. Third Ave., Camas. A memorial service for will be held Saturday, at 1 p.m., at Zion Lutheran Church, 824 N.E. Fourth Ave., Camas.

A military service will be held at the Camas Cemetery, 630 N.E. Oak St.

Taylor is survived by his wife Judy, son Troy, daughter Terri, and three grandchildren Aaron Groce, Philip Taylor and Sean Taylor, as well as numerous friends and family.

Straub’s Funeral Home & Columbia River Cremation in Camas is in charge of arrangements.

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