For years he's been a mainstay on the docks, pulling in fish and cracking jokes.
But on Wednesday, Capt. Joe Taylor of the Glory, passed away in his home on Siebert Avenue at the age of 62.
"He was at peace with everything," said his friend Capt. Tommy Klosterman, who was there at his bedside when Joe breathed his last. He was a dear, sincere, honest friend ... an absolute good guy and a top-notch diesel mechanic," Klosterman said.
"He tried to help everybody he could help. There wasn't a better person around," Klosterman said, noting Taylor has probably worked on everybody's diesel engine along the docks.
Capt. Dennis Kendricks, a friend of more than 30 years, recalls at least a couple of times when Taylor came to his rescue.
"There was a time that I had been broke down and he pulled me in," Kendricks said.
Then on another occasion, Kendricks said the steering on his boat had gone out and he was going to have to cancel a trip. But Taylor had an extra hydraulic round for his steering system at home. He ran home and got it and "I was able to get it on to keep from losing the trip," he said.
But what Kendricks will remember most about Taylor is "he was quick to crack a joke on you and he was always there to back you up and stand behind you when needed."
He said Taylor once told him where there were supposed to be a lot of snapper swimming around on top but when he got there, the snapper were nowhere to be found.
Kendricks also learned a lot from Taylor.
"He showed me how to work the natural bottom and where to build the wrecks," he said. "He used to always catch the big ones.
"If there was a snapper on the west beach, he knew where it was," added Capt. Bud Miller.
Taylor used to talk about truck cabs that he had put out as reefs in the early days, Miller said.
"They used to make the prettiest red snapper," Taylor would say.
Miller visited with Taylor on Monday at his home and when he got ready to leave to go check on his boat, Taylor "literally tried to sit up and go with me," Miller said.
Capt. William Frank Davis, who docked near Taylor for years, said "he was a really good guy. I'll remember him as being a good fella, good friend and good fisherman."
Davis said he and Taylor fished a lot of overnight trips together.
Davis recollects a time when they were out fishing and Taylor got the anchor cable stuck in the prop.
"He had to go overboard to get it off," Davis said. When Taylor came up he had remoras stuck all over his back.
Davis remembers him as a jokester as well.
He said one time they were out catching king mackerel when some of the guys had asked what kind of lure he was using. Some of the captains who heard him talking went to the tackle store looking for that particular lure only to find out Taylor had made up the name of the lure.
But he knew how to catch fish.
"He was a good fisherman and he came home with a box full many times," Klosterman said
"He wasn't much into publicity," Miller said. "He just wanted to go fishing."
A memorial service for Capt. Joe Taylor will be held from 6-8 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church on Beach Drive.
Joe M Taylor, 62, passed away peacefully at his home March 6, 2013, surrounded by family and friends. He has lived in Destin and been the captain of the charter boat Glory for 30-plus years. He was born May 29, 1950.
He is preceded in death by his father, mother and sister.
He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Becky Taylor; daughters, Tammy Adams and Teresa Motes; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and an abundance of friends.
Service will be held from 6-8 p.m. March 9 at First Baptist Church on Beach Drive in Destin. The family would like to send a special thanks to Emerald Coast Hospice for taking such special care of Joe.
He was a one of a kind person and will be greatly missed.