Tyron Nelson Taplin
Sunrise: November 15, 1981
Sunset: December 8, 2022
TT was born in Denver Colorado to his mother Doris Jackson-Taplin and Father Lloyd Taplin II. He was the baby of three siblings. TT moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico at a young age and lived in the Jackson Family Home with his mother and brother Shaun. The home is located in the Kirkland edition of Albuquerque also known as the KIRK. The street he grew up on is better known as G Block. He went to Albuquerque High School and excelled in school.
He was raised in a Baptist home with his Grannie Charlene. She instilled and taught him about life, love, family, loyalty and God. During his young teenage years, he was closest to his cousins Darlene Brooks, Sherry Taplin, and his brother Shaun Taplin. He helped to guide and develop many of his younger cousins Takayo, Natasha and Tarail Bryant as well as Haskell Lewis.
TT moved back to Colorado for a short time to live with his father Lloyd, but soon made his way back to G-Block. He had many close friends that he called family. In the Kirk everyone is family even if not by blood. He had two special friends that he called brothers. Jermaine Maine) Frazier and Tyreau (Nine Deuce) Johnlouis. TT took it extremely hard when (Maine) was tragically murdered. This event changed TT’s entire life. He soon found himself at the wrong place at the wrong time and went to prison at the age of 17 years old. He would stay incarcerated from 1998 until 2019 for a total of 21 Years. Right before going to prison, he became a teenage father to Janell (Buda) Miller whom he has loved with his entire heart.
During his time being incarcerated he met many people who became brothers to him. He went back to school and learned different trades the one he was most proud of was his barber license. He loved writing especially rap lyrics and poems. He was extremely talented both at writing and rapping. He studied Islam for many years. His passion was always music and his beautiful daughter.
He met the love of his life in 2018 while he was still incarcerated. Shirley Campos. She was a registered nurse at the prison when one day he fell ill and she was the nurse that helped him. Shirley quit at the prison shortly after they met but decided to reach out to TT by letter to check on him. That is when it started. Their love for each other grew through calls, letters, poems, songs and pictures. The connection was deep and strong. They became the best of friends and learned every detail of each other during this time. TT was released a year later in June of 2019. He proposed a few days after his release and Shirley married him in front of family and God at Macedonia Baptist Church on July 6, 2019. His happiest moments were with his wife. He lived with his wife and three step children Ray, Silas and Brianna Cole for the next 3 years. At the beginning of 2022 TT and his wife went through a separation leading to divorce. This was an extremely difficult time for both of them. Recently they had started to mend the broken pieces. One thing is certain TT loved his beautiful, beautiful baby. Those were the last words she heard from his mouth on the day of his death.
TT worked at Speedway as an Assistant Manager where he met many work friends and had lots of bonds with regular customers. He became a grandfather to Benjamin Miller in 2020. He was so happy to be a pappa. He had the opportunity to see the ocean and go to Las Vegas. Things he often thought of doing during his incarceration but never could. He had a good life until tragedy struck.
One month after being released from prison TT’s brother Lloyd passed away. Shortly after, his mother Doris passed of breast cancer. A year later his brother Shawn passed away. His Aunt Boo also passed. TT endured lots of struggles, tragedies and grief in his short life. Things most of us will never have to experience. He was strong and dealt with it all with a very positive attitude. He said “Don’t be sad for me, when things are bad, we gotta pull up our boot straps and keep pushing.” He kept his head held high. He was a rose that grew from concrete, a light that shined so brightly in a sea of darkness. A smile that would melt your soul. A heart of Gold. A REAL ONE! A gentleman to his wife a friend to everyone he ever met.
God called TT and his sister-in-law Sequoia Taplin home on December 8, 2022 in tragic motor vehicle accident a few blocks from his beloved Kirk neighborhood.
TT comes from a large family. He is survived by his father Lloyd Taplin II, his wife Shirley, Children Janelle and Latajanae Miller; Ray, Silas and Brianna Cole. Grandchildren Ben and Meyanna. Sister-in-law Summer Taplin; Aunts Janie Jackson and Eula May Taplin. Uncle Lonnie Ray Jackson and Richard Taplin. His cousins who were also his sisters and brothers, Sykenia Brooks; Darlene and Daynoli Brooks; Sherry Taplin; Haskell Lewis; Takayo, Natasha, and Tarial Bryant. He had many nieces and nephews and had special bonds with Mister and Master Taplin and Zaylivia and Honesty Taplin.
Family that met him in Heaven include his mother Doris Taplin, Brother Lloyd Taplin III, Shaun and his wife Sequoia Taplin. Grandparents Charlene and Calvin Jackson. Jewell and Lloyd Taplin; Aunt Vergie (Boo) Brooks; Uncles Calvin (Koddie) Jackson Jr. James (Bunny) Jackson and cousin Faye Brooks.