St. Cloud area coaching legend Dean Taylor passed away Thursday morning at the age of 70.

Memorial Services will be at 2:00 p.m. Sunday at the Sartell High School Gymnasium. Visitation will continue from 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the high school. Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids.

Taylor grew up on a small family farm in Elysian and graduated from Waterville/Elysian High School. He went on to play college football and graduate from Mankato State University.

His first teaching and coaching position was at Truman High School from 1967-1969 before becoming a history and social teacher at Sartell.

Taylor founded Sartell football in 1969 and coached there until the Sabres' 1994 Clas A championship season.  He went on to coach at St. John's University from 1999-2008 under John Gagliardi before finishing his career with a stint at Cathedral from 2009-2012

In addition to coaching, Taylor also umpired for many years and volunteered at local tournaments and events.