August 9, 1944 - April 23, 2014
James Lee Taylor, 69, died Wednesday, April 23, 2014.
"JT" was born August 9, 1944, in Portland, Oregon, and raised in Kirkland, Washington. He graduated from Grossmont High School in San Diego, CA. JT discovered his interest in aircraft maintenance while serving in the air force in Lubbock, Texas. After his honorable discharge, he received his Federal Aviation Administration Airframe and Powerplant certificates. He began his 30-year airline career at Frontier Airlines in 1968 in Denver, Colorado, working first in line maintenance and later as a Powerplant engineer. While in Denver he also met his wife, Tange. After 18 years with Frontier, Jim and his family moved to Seattle, Washington, and after 11 years with Alaska Airlines, he retired. He felt blessed to have a career he thoroughly enjoyed for 35 years. Jim had many interests including hot rods and boats, but his true passion was Harley Davidson motorcycles. He traveled to Sturgis, South Dakota, 27 times for the annual biker week and had been building choppers and restoring antique motorcycles since the 1970s. He was a member of the Bend Harley Owners Group (HOG) and Central Oregon Vets Motorcycle Club. In his retirement years, he continued being "Mr. Maintenance Extraordinaire" and enjoyed RV travels, tinkering in his shop, and spending time with his family. He was a man of strength and integrity.
He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Tange; elder son, Zachary Taylor, and fianc, Candace Fanean, of Denver; daughter, Danica Taylor Pennock, and husband, Robert, of Bend; and younger son, Carson Taylor, and wife, Nikke, of Boise, Idaho. Jim had 3 beautiful granddaughters, Maddison (5), Addison (2), and Kenna (19 months). His family grieves the loss of his love and support, while his friends will surely miss his gregarious presence.
A celebration of life will be held at Aspen Hall on Monday, May 5, 2014, at 3:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to Central Oregon Vets Motorcycle Club or Antioch Church of Bend, Oregon.