On Sunday morning, September 8, 2019, Jim Taylor of Cedar Park, husband, father, grandfather, great grand-father, brother, and friend passed away at the age of 74.
Jim was born on August 10, 1945 in Austin, TX to Cary Link Taylor and Vera Gartman Taylor. Growing up he was best known as “Buddy” by his family and friends. He attended Baker Junior High School, where he was a member of the yearbook staff and the Footlight Players, and McCallum High School, where he was a member of the Future Farmers of America (FFA) and a member of the Class of 1964. He was also an Eagle Scout, recognized by the Capitol Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America in 1964.
After a brief stint with the Texas Highway Department, he began a career with IBM in 1968, where he was a mechanical engineer for 30 plus years. He met his wife, Sandy (née Kaufman). They were married on February 24, 1990. He was an accomplished pen and ink artist and had a passion for collecting arrowheads as well as early native American artifacts. He was a member of the Llano Uplift Archaeological Society (LUAS) and spoke to boy scout groups in the area, demonstrating the art of making arrowheads, and how the native Americans utilized animal hides, bones, and native Texas plants for medicines, dyes, and foods. He also participated with the Field School of the Texas Archaeological Society, which annually performs archaeological digs and excavations at various sites in Texas. He was a lifelong, avid outdoors man and hunter. One of his dearest passions was his volunteer work with Austin-Travis County Livestock Show, Rodeo Austin, Travis County Youth Show, and the Greater Leander FFA Show.
Jim is survived by his wife, Sandy, his six children, Mark (Beverly), Gregg (Lisa), Don (Jenni), Shanon (Deryal), Sharon, and Lori.
He is survived by his 10 grandchildren, Nate (Caycee), Syd- ney, Cully, Stephanie, Kenzie (Michael), Coen, Ike, Macey, Ian, and Gage and his three great grandchildren, Wyatt, Hayden, and Sawyer.
He is also survived by his older brother, Sonny (Pat), niece, Carrie, and nephew, Trey, and many beloved Friends.
Jim was preceded in death by his father, Cary Link Taylor, mother Vera Taylor Haynes, step-father A. B. Haynes, and his ex-wife Belinda Keeling (the mother of his children).
Visitation will begin at 1 p.m. with A Celebration of Life directly following at 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 14, 2019, Beck Funeral Home, 1700 E. Whitestone Blvd., Cedar Park, TX 78613.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Travis County Youth Show Scholarship fund. Envelopes will be available at Jim’s Celebration of Life, or donations can be mailed to: TCYS (Travis County Youth Scholarship Fund), Attn: Violet Alexander, 7411 Albert Road, Austin, TX 78745. Please make checks to TCYS, memo Jim Taylor.
Jim decided to dedicate his body to Texas A&M Medical Science for medical education purposes.