Don Saylor, Batavia business leader, dies

Longtime Batavia business and community leader Donald Clayton Saylor died March 7 at age 74.

Mr. Saylor had owned and operated business in Batavia since the 1950s. He owned Batavia Furniture, which he operated from 1967 to 1995, DC Video, the Batavia Shell Station from 1963 to 1967, and the Batavia Gulf Station from 1967 to 1992. He had been president of the Batavia Rotary Club and BCRL, was active in the member of Batavia Businessmen’s Association, helped start the Clermont County YMCA, and was a founding stockholder of the Batavia Ridge Club.

Mr. Saylor was the husband of Patty L. (Morris) Saylor, the father of Gregory D. (Elizabeth nee King) Saylor and Douglas C. (Lori nee Alford) Saylor, the brother of Richard Gerald (Sharon nee Kenton) Saylor, the grandfather of Zachary, Alexander, and Allyson Saylor, the uncle of Jarrod Saylor, and a cousin of Carol Beckelheimer.

In the spring of 2011 Mr. Saylor initiated the first step in the renewal of Batavia, when he petitioned to annex property to the village and begin the process to rebuild the town.

“Thanks to Don Saylor starting the process, Batavia has more than doubled its resources for village services and facilities. We were able to rescuing the Police Department and Street Maintenance Department from crippling reductions and getting the town’s renewal well underway,” said Mayor John Thebout.