HONORING JIM TAYLOR; Congressional Record Vol. 156, No. 15
(Extensions of Remarks - February 02, 2010)

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                          HONORING JIM TAYLOR


                         HON. GEORGE RADANOVICH

                             of california

                    in the house of representatives

                       Tuesday, February 2, 2010

  Mr. RADANOVICH. Madam Speaker, I rise today to posthumously honor the 
life of Jim ``Trooper'' Taylor. Mr. Taylor passed away on Tuesday, 
November 17, 2009 at the age of seventy-seven surrounded by family at 
his home in Fresno, California.
  Mr. Jim Taylor was born in 1932 in the Ozark Mountains near Mt. 
Vernon, Missouri to Tom and Anne Taylor. As a young man, his family 
moved to Sanger, California where he attended Sanger High School. Upon 
graduating from high school, he attended Reedley College and later 
joined the United States Navy. Mr. Taylor served four years in the Navy 
and was Honorably Discharged. After his service to the Navy, he settled 
in the San Francisco Bay Area. While in San Francisco, Mr. Taylor met 
and married his life-long companion, Mary Jane.
  In 1958, Mr. Taylor began a career in law enforcement. His first 
assignment was to the Stanislaus County Sheriffs Department as a Deputy 
Sheriff. After two and a half years, he joined the California Highway 
Patrol and was assigned as a resident officer to the High Desert 
Country at Ridgecrest. In 1962, he was transferred to Fresno, 
California. He was assigned to the twelve officer motorcycle squad for 
approximately four years. After serving many years on the road, Mr. 
Taylor became the Public Affairs Officer for the Fresno area. As the 
Public Affairs Officer, he initiated the ``Trooper Taylor Report,'' a 
daily news report of the areas activities along with road and inclement 
weather conditions, which was picked up by many local radio channels.
  Mr. Taylor was an avid World War II history buff, and read countless 
books on the subject. He loved the California State University, Fresno 
Bulldogs and attended football, basketball and softball games each 
season. He enjoyed traveling around the state following the Bulldogs 
along side his family and friends. He spent the majority of his time 
with his family and always looked forward to cooking for family events 
and Bulldog tailgates.
  Mr. Taylor is preceded in death by his mother, father, brother, Leroy 
Tracy; sisters Ione Gass and Joyce Alfors; and grandson Scott Page. He 
is survived by his loving wife, Mary Jane; sons and daughter-in-laws, 
Tracy, Greg and Jeannie, Kevin and Renee, and Patrick; grandchildren, 
Teri, Darren, Daniel and his wife Alisa, Christopher, Jacob, Kelsi, 
Debbie and her husband Paul Gress and Dustin Johnson; great-
grandchildren, Hayden, Danielle, Austin, Kristen and Seth; brother, 
Bryan; sisters, Christine and Jennifer and numerous nieces and nephews.
  Madam Speaker, I invite my colleagues to join me in honoring the life 
of Jim ``Trooper'' Taylor and wishing the best for his family.