Phil Taylor began umpiring baseball in 1999 for the Western Washington Baseball Umpires Association, and he is considered one of the top officials in the organization. He has been selected to work four state tournaments, along with many district qualifying games. Taylor received the WWBUA “Iron Man Award” in 2015, an award that salutes those officials who work the most games during the season. He worked a total of 81 school and summer games in 2015. After serving in the Army, including deployment to Saudi Arabia, Phil continued his education in computer science. He is employed with the City of Tacoma and is married with three daughters and two grandchildren.