James (Jim) Taylor
Jim Taylor passed away on October 9, 2022 in Orlando, Florida following a five year battle with dementia. Jim was born to Amos and Fern (Simmons) Taylor on March 23, 1948 in Longmont, Colorado. His early years were spent on the Hover Farm where his dad farmed and ran the dairy for the Hover family. The farm, now an events center, is a national landmark. Jim attended schools in Longmont where his aunt, Mim Lehman, was his first grade teacher. At Longmont high school, Jim received a varsity letter in football, basketball, and baseball. This passion for sports continued as he later added golf and bicycling recreationally.
Jim graduated from the University of Northern Colorado in 1970. He was in the TKE fraternity and participated in intramural sports. After graduation from UNC he moved to Granby, Colorado with wife Jeanette (m1971, d1996) where he taught and coached basketball at Middle Park High School for 5 years. Jim left teaching for a career in the commercial insurance industry and in 1985 moved his family to Orlando, Florida. He managed sales for the southern region of Universal Underwriters.
Jim loved the warm weather and pursued golf with his son Andrew. He was a part time horse owner with his daughter Erika. He loved to buy new cars (without warning!), and had a dog by his side at all times.
Jim is survived by his daughter, Erika, who served as his caretaker over the last 5 years. She is the mother of grandson, Erik. Also surviving are son Andrew (Austin, Texas) and his two children Reese and Cole. Brother Tom Taylor and sister Dianne Sigvaldson. Nephews Greg and Chris Sigvaldson. Former wife Linda Drier (m1997, d2018).