Hay growers and the trucking industry lost a fierce fighter and friend when Taylor Stack, 53, recently died at his home in Fallon, NV, of cancer.

Stack, a former hay buyer, dealer and trucker, took it upon himself to work tirelessly for fair and reasonable standardized hay hauling rules the past four years. Just as the fruits of his labor were being realized, he found he had another fight on his hands ­– one that he lost.

But Taylor will be remembered for being instrumental in writing the new law for the securement of baled hay and straw. Hay & Forage Grower featured his efforts in a March 2008 article entitled, “In It For The Long Haul.”

“For the past 38 years, Taylor worked in the hay business and deeply loved his work and the people in it,” his obituary reads. “He loved raising and showing his longhorn cattle and enjoyed working with and riding his horses. He enjoyed fishing, playing pool and traveling. Taylor was a positive spirit and loved life. He always said, ‘I’m not here for a long time, just a good time.’ ”

He is survived by his partner, Valarie Furtado; son Lee Stack and his wife Heather, grandson Barron and granddaughter Kylee Ann, Stockton CA; son Tyler Stack, Reno; brothers Roland Stack, Hanford, CA, and Peter Stack, Grass Valley, CA. He also leaves numerous nieces and nephews.

Those who wish to leave condolences may write Valarie Furtado at 2100 Tree Line Rd., Fallon, NV 89406. Or email her at valfurto@cccomm.net.