Let the memory of Dr. Alvin Leon Taylor, affectionately known as Mzee Simba, be with us forever.
  • 72 years old
  • Born on November 7, 1941 in Los Angeles, California, United States.
  • Passed away on June 18, 2014 in Los Angeles, California, United States.

This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Alvin Taylor Ph.D, 72, born on November 7, 1941 and passed away on June 18, 2014. We will remember him forever.

Services were held on Monday, July 7, 2014,10 A.M. at Berean Seventh Day Adventist Church 4211 W Adams Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90018 

Posted by Nampombe Taylor on 8th November 2017
I know what I would like to do to honor you and your legacy. The idea is in the infant stages at the moment. I intend for my vision to become a reality during my lifetime. Happy Birthday and rest well Baba Lion Simba. Much love. ~Pombe aka Nandi Queen of the Zulus aka Baby Lion Baby
Posted by Nampombe Taylor on 4th December 2016
Baba Lion Simba, I just found the video for your service... I wasn't looking for it. I watched some of it. I still cannot bring myself to watch the entire thing. I will attempt to upload it for others to watch at their leisure. I'll also post the poem I wrote in tribute to you on this page as well as elsewhere on your memorial site. Thank you for all the good you did. Oh...I recently found a book of yours...you were learning KiSwahili and KiPare...there are passages in which you were writing a letter...and you translated it from one language to another using red and blue ink. I will take pictures and post these memories as well. How I do hope that your legacy will continue to live on... BLB
Posted by Nampombe Taylor on 4th December 2016
BRILLIANCE Seems to come At a cost The most brilliant minds Seem to come with a dark side It is almost as if it would be a crime To allow brilliance to be mixed with ordinary Elements such as… Compassion Forgiveness Laid back demeanors And Common social skills NO Brilliant minds have no time for these The brilliant have no time to please The most intelligent among us tend to find no use For silly, frivolous attributes Tolerance levels are quite low Empathy is of little use And Kind emotions are a waste Of their extremely valuable brain space so We must allow brilliance to shine Unchecked Unencumbered And without reservation For only then will any nation Benefit from brilliance I was once informed And trust me, this is not the norm A seventh-grade teacher explained That someone, “I won’t say the name” Was smarter than him IN SEVENTH GRADE That brand new teacher unafraid Inspired BRILLIANCE by understanding How to keep the mind expanding But wait there’s more so much more in store This young man would grow And wanted to know What it would be like to be the first in his family To obtain numerous collegiate degrees AA, BA, 2 Masters in one year, then a PhD BRILLIANCE Aided by RESILLIENCE And although he had it rough The degrees were not enough He had so much tenacity That he succeeded Much more often than he failed So much so that he was hailed As a king ROARING A. Lion In the jungle RUMBLE, RUMBLE YOUNG MAN RUMBLE BRILLIANCE mind told him to fight BRILLIANCE toiling “onward, upward through the night” BRILLIANT Effervescent light That light which cannot be dimmed There was and is much more in him Than you ever saw Or ever will see He believed in himself He wanted to be The best So he would not rest Until he mastered Whatever objective he was after Excelling in life chapter upon chapter Preparing for his “ever after” His brilliance inspired him to fight Enabled him to greater heights Than some have ever dreamed of seeing While he was busy Active Being All that he was to become BRILLIANT Dazzling Like the sun Fearless Challenged by no one Or thing He marched and heard “Let Freedom Ring” Those famous words from Dr. King Upon arriving After driving From the far west to the far east Travel was a beast to say the least Undeterred and refusing defeat He was there in time to hear Mahalia sing And that’s very interesting But he wouldn’t stop And he wouldn’t quit Until he climbed Kilimanjaro’s summit He reached the top of Uhuru Peak While teaching English, so to speak He wooed a wife And then his life Was so much better Better than ever With wife in tow He knew that he would have to go Home to the states No time to waste He had so very much to give He had such a full life to live World traveler Mentor Writer Scholar Punchmaker Merchant Linguist Author Chef Preacher Philanthopist Photographer Musician Teacher BRILLIANT AND EFFECTIVE LEADER Chess master, Voracious Reader Articulate, Meticulous Quick witted resilient Articulate and BRILLIANT – Now I look back on his life BRILLIANCE Fought for what was right BRILLIANCE Would come at a price BRILLIANCE Plights and awful fights But the BRILLIANT we forgive Their uncaring, their unfeeling Sometimes, How they choose to live And At times we find That the cost of a BRILLIANT mind Is our most precious asset…time But when everything is said and done We know that victories are often won By the man who was once a brilliant child Not by the meek, nor by the mild So we honor a man today BRILLIANT And in his own way He cared enough to get it done He was a champion for everyone He fought each battle tirelessly When no one else would do it, he Did dirty work He never shirked No backing down He stuck around He stood his ground Through thick and thin A. Lion to the very end ©2014 – Nampombe Dollora Nakadori Yvette Suzánne Marie Taylor
Posted by Nampombe Taylor on 7th November 2016
November 7, 1941 - June 18, 2014 Rest in Power Dr. Alvin Leon Taylor, Ph.D Baba Lion Simba Babu Simba Mwalimu Simba Mzee Simba You are truly missed. Happy Birthday. Love, Pombe Lion Simba Baby Lion Baby NDNYSMT
Posted by A Ingram on 21st June 2016
The Lord, ... who will return soon ... bless you and keep you! With wishes for prospering and health, Amber
Posted by M T on 18th June 2016
Sleep well Uncle thinking of you and Daddy at this time.....you all are both missed so much!!! I stopped by yesterday to just be near your resting place.....see you and Daddy, Grandmother, Granddaddy, Uncle James and Zoola and Aunt Katheryn in that great getting up morning...Sleep well till called forth!!!! Hang in there Aunt Pheno, Nampombie and Helen. Lovingly Daneen
Posted by Nampombe Taylor on 18th June 2016
Why is it that we value the deceased more than the living the subject matter has been on my mind lately, giving me the idea to write, perhaps out of spite I am not sure, but the cure to my years of anger and frustration might be the devastation I now feel knowing that you will never heal from your illness I now view your cries of distress in a different light, If I could, I'd change the events of days and nights past there was a time when I thought my anger towards you would last forever I never thought I would regret being upset and now, no matter what happens I get emotional when I think of you I had no clue that I cared so much Now I wish that I could just touch your skin When you were alive, most of the time I did not want to be within your grasp now if I could only clasp your hand in mine I'm sure we could find some common ground I'm sure I could have found more moments for us to enjoy you could have told me tales about your life as a little boy "Chubby" is what they called you back then and now, most of the people who knew you back when are gone I often feel that there's no place I belong and you could have helped, perhaps I remember the story of how you played "Taps" on your trumpet....to the dismay of your neighbors, and they probably would rather you had played anything at all, other than "Taps" when you were small or maybe, they would rather you play nothing at all each night at the same time if only they understood your kind someone special, someone different someone amazing, someone resilient someone hell bent on making a name for himself I bet you have read each and every book on your bookshelf You came from the projects and consorted with kings and yet there are so many things I never knew about you Some things I'll never know I wish I had more to show the world about your magnificence I wish I could share a portion of your intelligence with strangers on the street I'd tell everyone I meet about the amazing, unbelievable feats of my dad I'd be so proud I'd be so glad I spent so much time being mad and now I forgive There's really nothing else I can give that matters I need to move forward--beyond this chapter of my life... You're gone...the pain cuts the knife you sliced when you went away is a pain I'm not sure will go away I bet you wouldn't like this poem e're the dawn doth approach, it's almost morn and I'm in tears I know I'll never come near to all that you were and still are I bet people would come from near and from far if they knew how bright your star really shined... maybe some other time I'll find an opportunity to revisit your diligence your persistence and insistence on perfection how can anyone live up to the things that only you could do It's a shame, but it's true that no one can measure up to you I suppose everyone knows that what I began to say is true that we often place much more value on those that have passed on I have so much to tell you now that you're gone and I wish I didn't miss you I wish that I could kiss you and hug you once more hear your voice calling "Nandi! Queen of the Zulu's! or Sloopie Coopie, whatever that is or even whistle a tune or sing 'Happy Birthday' to me in June or even fuss yes, I miss you that much but there's nothing I can do but write love notes to you that you'll never read again "Of all of the words of tongue or pen the saddest are these It might have been" © 2016
Posted by M T on 18th June 2015
Remembering you Uncle on this day!!! I will forever cherish our visits at Adam Sebastian's when I would just randomly stop by. See you in the Kingdom!!!!
Posted by Nampombe Taylor on 18th June 2015
There will come a time when I am in a better space and place There will come a time when the tears will stop to flow I look forward to the time when I will show more strength but today, your daughter is sitting on the fence I have so very many regrets I have some questions to ask I need you to perform certain tasks I want you to write your story share the tales of your days of glory climbing Kilimanjaro, getting your PhD traveling the world, speaking languages fluently joining other cultures, and visiting the wonders of the world marrying your wife, watching the birth of your baby girl making mistakes and overcoming challenges leading lawyers and writing speeches shutting down important meetings I need you to write those important teachings some things you learned are forever lost there's so much I don't know, I'd pay any cost to have just one more conversation I need your help to build the nation but despite all your trials and tribulations your somehow found it within you to do what no one else could do you helped the weak you fought for truth even when truth disappointed you yes you were stubborn you trashed your health in the end your wealth was spent in the end your harsh, stubborn ways shortened your days and yet you prayed never losing your faith so while I stumble and while I crumble there's no way I can ever be as good or great I suppose it just wasn't my fate my challenge to me in spite of thee is to be the best me that I can be hopefully someday you will see and finally be proud of me
Posted by Janet Corbin on 21st January 2015
My oldest memory of Leon was when he became my Earliteen Sabbath School teacher and introduced himself with "My name is Leon Taylor, and I'm a cool dude". I was always challenged by our discussions about the Sabbath School lesson, the bible, church politics and life. I will miss his unique perspective on things. My love and God's comfort to the family.
Posted by Kenechi Anuligo on 16th July 2014
Dr. Taylor was a great man! He and his entire family have always been very good to me and my family. He and Mrs. Taylor always welcomed us to their home. We spent many enjoyable days and evenings at their place which will forever be etched endearingly in our memories. For your kindness to us we say thank you, thank you, thank you! May he rest in perfect peace, till we meet again.
Posted by Roy Elineema on 13th July 2014
It was so sad and shocking to us to know that our loving, caring and jovial "Uncle Simba" is no more with us. We will keep on remembering him but most important is the hope we have in Jesus whom we know is "the Resurrection and the Life" so that he who believes in Him, though he may die, he shall live (John 11:25). Surely we are also comforted to know that God allows the faithful ones to rest from their labours and they are said to be blessed (Rev 14:13). However, I know it's not easy to get along without someone you dearly loved! I pray that the LORD may touch you (Aunt Pheno, Nampombe and Hellen) in a very special way...May He comfort and give you strength to endure all the way through.
Posted by Ruth Elineema on 10th July 2014
Mama Pheno & Nampombe pole sana . Mzee simba will be missed. May he rest in peace Amen. May god be with you always.
Posted by Perisia Mburuja on 6th July 2014
I would like to honor Mwalimu Alvin Leon Taylor aka Simba by writing this tribute in Kiswahili. I am sure he would have loved to read this in the language he valued and was proud of. PUMZIKA KWA AMANI 1. Naanza na kulalama, kwa kushindwa kuandika Yote ulotenda mema, hayawezi elezeka Nakubali nimekwama, Bali we umepambika Pumzika kwa amani, asubuhi njema yaja 2. Hakika ulijitoa, jamii uliijali Wengi wanashuhudia, bila kuweka kejeli Mawazo kusaidia, elimu uliijali Pumzika kwa amanj, asubuhi njema yaja 3. Moyo ulojaa fadhila, Mola alikujalia Kamwe chini hukulala, mikono ulifungua Upendo ulitawala, ushuhuda ninatoa Pumzika kwa amani, asubuhi njema yaja 4. Ni budi tutafakari, Sisi tuliobakia Maisha tuyahariri, tukae tukingojea Tuweze kuwa tayari, mwishoni kushangilia Tukishikana mikono, asubuhi Ile njema 5. Ndani ulijazwa wema, hadi kufika kilele SIMBA uliunguruma, kwa sauti ya upole Utazidi kuunguruma, myoyoni mwetu milele PUMZIKA KWA AMAN, ASUBUHI NJEMA YAJA
Posted by Edwin Elineema on 4th July 2014
It is a sad reality that "Uncle-Simba" has left us and as the serenity prayer put's it, it will take a great deal of God's interjection for us to receiving: "the serenity to accept what cannot be changed............., Living one day at a time, Enjoying one moment at a time; Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace; Taking, as He did, this sinful world, as it is, not as I would have it; Trusting that He will make all things right...................Amen" We're remembering Aunt Pheno, Nampombe, Hellen and all others in our prayers. In sympathy, Edwin (on behalf of me, my dear wife and children)
Posted by Ione Owens-spears on 1st July 2014
May dear Leon rest in peace until our Lord's return! Prayers ascend for your comfort! God Bless!
Posted by A Ingram on 29th June 2014
May the grace and peace of God keep your hearts filled with comfort and light. 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18
Posted by M T on 29th June 2014
Aunt Pheno, Nampombe Dollora Nakadori Yvette Suzannie Marie and Hellen, I grieve for and with you as you lay you Simba and Baba to sleep. I will forever cherish our last visit over 3 years ago as I stopped by on one of my random visits to Labrea to share a article about my work in foster care with one of my girls in the Wave News Paper. He was so proud and excited to read it. He took great time to read and ask questions about my girl and said I have another niece your daughter. He was looking forward to meeting her. I missed that opportunity. He was always a major supporter of me and my educational quest as was so proud of me as I crossed the stage at my High School graduation, which he attended and then my USC graduation where he displayed my invitation on the mantel at the house for years, may even still be there. That meant the world to me to know he and you Aunt Pheno acknowledged my hard work and prayer!!!! It is with his help, encouragement and guidance that I complete my dissertation early and he prayed for me the day I defended it. He was the first call I made when I was done. Yes our secret....it was with his chats, stern wisdom and sometimes down right harsh words that kept me pushing to the top. He said you are a Taylor it is in your blood get your priorities straight and finish what you started. He was the difference in my education. I sure hope I thanked him.... Know that Uncle Leon knew the Master our Savior and Lord intimately and is but only asleep for a short nap. You see he now sleeps in the best of company awaiting our Master Lord and Savior to call him forth as the dead in Christ will be called first and Granddaddy, Bibi ,Aunt Catherine and our extended family Mr Raymond and Gary Bell will join all who are called out of their sleep in that ole sweet by and by. Oh what a great gettin up morning that will be when we all see Jesus and reunited with our loved ones and sing and SHOUT the victory. Making it to the New Jerusalem has never been sweeter to see my Uncle Leon and hear him say Moira what have you been up to? He made me love my first name as he said it perfect. I pray I meet him and the rest of our family on the Sea of Glass with JESU!!!! Sorry I will not be there in person but know I will be in prayer and have been calling you all by name for comfort and peace at this time. As a clinician it is not lost on me the bond you and Uncle had Aunt Pheno and I am glad you choose him and join our family. I cannot imagine the loss you feel loosing Uncle Simba. I do so hope one day I find someone to whom is devoted to me as I them, as the two of you were if Gods will. We all saw it and knew your love was deep!!! Even if we as dumb kids and teens thougbt it was corney till we matured and learned of this that God has joined and ordained. Thank you for setting the marriage bar. I loved having an international family and was inspired yet again to follow his lead and learn another language and move to France....Uncles are the best and I had three who excelled and left big shoes to fill....I hope I did him proud trying to keep up. Sleep well Uncle Leon....the next face you see when you wake up will be Jesus now how can I be sad!!!!! I am jealous.....love you all truly even if not said or shown often. God grant you all peace that passes all understanding in this time.......Lovingly.....Moira Daneen
Posted by Wilson Chambi on 29th June 2014
Auntie Pheno and Nakadori i know your in a hard time now but our Lord God is with you all the time as our great comforter,may He comfort you at this sad period.thoughts of uncle Simba and his contribution at large will be treasured forever may he rest in peace. Poleni Nakadori,Aunt Pheno na wooote.we love you
Posted by Dessie Henry Henry on 28th June 2014
I am sorry for your lost.
Posted by Hellen Taylor on 27th June 2014
Rest In peace My Lovely Dad- The news came to me too late, I would have loved to hold you tight, but In Jesus i trust we will meet in Heaven. I will be Missing you for ever. SIAMINI , SIAMINI BABA , I will continue to love to death although gone you are right inside my heart.
Posted by Debi Deal on 27th June 2014
Dearest Pheno and Family of Leon: May your husband, father, uncle and friend rest in peace in the hands of the Lord.
Posted by Nimzihirwa Kashimbiri on 26th June 2014
Poleni kwa msiba huu mkubwa. Mungu awatie nguvu. Nireswi vose.
Posted by De Chalz Shaggier on 26th June 2014
May Our Loving God Be With You Wandugu. poleni saaana sana
Posted by Bobbie Walker on 25th June 2014
May God be with you at this sad time. Leon lived a rich life and he will be missed.
Posted by Joelyn Nwagbara on 25th June 2014
While going through my photos, I came across a file that contained shots from my dad's funeral and right after those files, were files from a service I shot of your family members. Uncle Billy asked me to come and shoot the repast not knowing if I would come because dad just passed away in June (something we now have in common sadly). I am glad that I came because I was able to take this shot of your parents and in a way it felt cathartic being there and focusing on someone else. As one who has walked this road, take one moment at a time, complete the small tasks, let others in your support system do the rest, get a nap in when you can and eat a snack, I know you are still in caregiver mode, so please take care of yourself when you get the chance for a break.... Cry when you need to, yell if you have to, scream if you must, but keep holding on...the sun always comes up, no matter what ...It wont be easy.. it hurts.. to the core.. unbelievable.. like a bad dream, like someone cut off your leg...How do you live with just one leg?...Girl, it's a process but you will get through it.. it doesnt feel like it.. but I assure you.. the Lord finds a away to give you what you need to navigate the valleys.. be encouraged and give a special hug to MP for me... Hugs
Posted by Evans Onyango on 25th June 2014
A great man has taken rest. May the good Lord be with you and the rest of the family.
Posted by Nampombe Taylor on 20th June 2014
Services will be held on Monday, July 7, 2014,10 A.M. at Berean Seventh Day Adventist Church 4211 W Adams Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90018

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