OBITUARY

James "Jimmy" Michael Taylor

April 19, 1996February 7, 2019
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A Memorial Service to Celebrate the Life of James Michael (Jimmy) Taylor will be held 12:00 PM Saturday at Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home in Killeen with a time of visitation to follow. With deepest sorrow, we announce that James Michael (Jimmy) Taylor, age 22, our most cherished and beloved son, brother, family member, and friend passed suddenly on Wednesday, February 7, 2019 while in the hospital. Jimmy was always racing ahead (thanks David Tarnow and Ryan Serrano, we blame you all) as multiple speeding tickets will attest to, sorry City of Temple, you will not be collecting on his latest, he just wanted to see what top speed was on Sam Jacques motorcycle. While we are on the subject of traffic violations he wants to apologize to all New Yorkers, he never meant to shut down all the lanes of traffic going into New York City, he didn’t realize his truck was too tall and your bridges too small. If you won’t hold it against him he won’t hold it against you all when you passed him and yelled obscenities...for an hour. All's forgiven. Jimmy loved traveling, he loved the beaches in California and snowboarding in Colorado they were his favorites and he traveled there regularly. He loved the month he spent in Canada. He thought New Hampshire and Vermont were beautiful. Motocross was his passion and it allowed him to travel all over the U. S. I’ll miss our times at the track son. Jimmy graduated from Temple High School when he was 16. He asked his parents if he graduated could he go to Winterpark, CO and work the ski season. He said he had a job and lodging already lined up. We thought he’d never be able to do it, so we said “sure”. Well he did and off to Colorado he went, he absolutely loved it and never looked back. Or apparently down, he was always running out of gas, and he didn’t mind if he had a truck full of people when he did it. That’s probably why Bryce Meyer and Jimmy could be found skateboarding on the access road of I-45 waiting on someone to bring him gas, even though he had money in his pocket. Jimmy worked in the oil fields in West Texas. He was a solids control technician and a good one. This job allowed him to work closely with his dad. If you know Jimmy you’ll know how much he loved his dad and his dad loved him. His dad was proud of his strong work ethic and that Jimmy could flat out run any piece of machinery that he jumped into. Jimmy disliked working away from home but liked the money. It allowed him to travel all the time, and that was the perk. Jimmy lived life and there is not a person to be found he couldn’t laugh with or laugh at, mostly himself. His life span might have been short but his life experiences were considerable. He was like high octane fuel, he ran a little faster and burned a little hotter than most people. You lived big son. Jimmy will be missed everyday by his parents, Mike & Tina Taylor, sisters, Justine Dewald & Jasmin(Mike) Davenport, maternal grandparents, James & Keum Ja Thomas, paternal grandparents, James & Betty Taylor, aunts, Rhonda (Brian) Martin, Kelly (Scott) Hunt, Christine (Paul), and Faie (Ron)Chavez, uncle, Richard, niece, Jayden Dewald, nephews, Malachi Davenport and Jameson Dewald, cousins, Kayla (Joey) Gregston, Marion Carlile, Kendra (Johnny) Wolff, Thomas Carlile, Amber (Ben)Hooper, Alex Martin, Charlee West, & Austin West, his girlfriend of 6 yrs, Alexis Lottig, and their fur baby Samson. We know Jimmy is now with his Uncle Chris and is in the loving arms of his Savior, Jesus Christ. He is loved here on earth as well as in heaven. “and be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving one another, just as God also forgave you in Christ” Ephesians 4:32 We MISS and LOVE you so much son XOXOXO

Arrangements have been entrusted to Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home in Killeen.

  • FAMILY

  • Jimmy will be missed everyday by his parents, Mike & Tina Taylor, sisters, Justine Dewald & Jasmin(Mike) Davenport, maternal grandparents, James & Keum Ja Thomas, paternal grandparents, James & Betty Taylor, aunts, Rhonda (Brian) Martin, Kelly (Scott) Hunt, Christine (Paul), and Faie (Ron)Chavez, uncle, Richard, niece, Jayden Dewald, nephews, Malachi Davenport and Jameson Dewald, cousins, Kayla (Joey) Gregston, Marion Carlile, Kendra (Johnny) Wolff, Thomas Carlile, Amber (Ben)Hooper, Alex Martin, Charlee West, & Austin West, his girlfriend of 6 yrs, Alexis Lottig, and their fur baby Samson.
    We know Jimmy is now with his Uncle Chris and is in the loving arms of his Savior, Jesus Christ. He is loved here on earth as well as in heaven.

Services

  • Memorial Service Saturday, February 16, 2019
REMEMBERING

James "Jimmy" Michael Taylor

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Susan Lottig

February 14, 2019

The 1st time I met Jimmy was on the main entrance into Augusta Pines coming to see my daughter, Alexis. (Probably @ 6 yrs ago) He had ran out of gas. I offered him a few dollars and he “would not” take my money. So, he sat there and waited for one of his friends to come help him. Every since then I would make a point to ask him if he had enough money for gas, that was our joke. He was a great kid and I enjoyed having him in our life! Many times it was my daughter, Alexis who was being the difficult one to get along with so Jimmy would call me wanting me to get her under control. He always was very respectful and appreciated things that were done for him. I let him stay at our home because it seemed too far from his home in Belton. He’s like one of my own boys. I loved and watched out for him and Alexis. My heart is broken! And he knows how much we loved him! May you RIP Jimmy Taylor!

Susan Lottig

February 14, 2019

Krae Weldon

February 14, 2019

Jimmy T! One of my closest friends I’ve ever had and I consider him a brother. Jim would call me every day to talk about anything and everything and when I didn’t answer he would leave voice mails as if I was on the line. I’ll miss jimmy so much for that and the countless days we spent together at the track racing or training together. Godspeed jimmy. 496 forever.

A picture of us passed out in the motorhome after a long day of moto

Cindy Williams

February 14, 2019

I remember meeting Jimmy when he was a little boy and he reminded me so much of my cousin Mike (Jimmy's dad) when we were young. I loved reading all the experiences Jimmy had and how he really knew how to live life to the fullest! We had planned a day to go to Winter Park in a few weeks, and now I'm looking forward to it even more...to be in a place that was special to him. I hear there's even a beautiful summit there named James Peak. Mike, Tina, and family, you are all in our thoughts and prayers. Love you, Cindy

Rick Van Diemen

February 14, 2019

Two of a kind. Winter Park Colorado. Jimmy Taylor and Chris Van Diemen. RIP buddy.

Rick Van Diemen

February 14, 2019

Jimmy was a good friend and partner in crime with my son Chris. The minute I met him, I could tell they were two of a kind. Jimmy spent that winter with Chris in Colorado at Winter Park where they would both learn the nuances of life and diving into adventure at the same time. So many good memories were created there. As I got to know Jimmy, I found that he was a man with passion beyond most, always living life on the edge. Heaven is one up and the moto community, as well as all his good friends and family, is one down, only until we all meet again. You will be missed, but never forgotten young man. God Speed, from your Moto friends.

Canyon Bingham

February 14, 2019

Sweet Jim was one of my closest friends. I have so many memories of time spent with Jimmy. Its hard to pick a favorite. But I believe it would have to be the time he was at my apt and after eating dinner, I look over and see Jimmy carving something into my pretty nice dinner table. I asked him was he was doing and he basically looked at me like he just realized what he was actually doing. I go look and my table has Jimmy T. carved right into it. We just laughed so damn hard. Has to be my favorite bc il always be able to remember him every time i sit down to eat. Il always love you Jim. We will ride together again one day.

Betty and Charles Jacques

February 13, 2019

Tina and Mike, our love, our hearts and our prayers go out to you. Jimmy, the sweetest young man and Jimmy will be so missed.

Bryce Meyer

February 13, 2019

There’s a hundred stories I could tell with my brother and a thousand I can’t. Everywhere he went he lit up the room with laughter and joy my life will never be the same without you. love you bubba.
Mr mike and mrs. Tina I’m sorry for your loss

Brett Hogan

February 12, 2019

Mike and Tina, there are no words.
You are in my prayers.

Brett

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Biography

“Tomorrow is never promised.” That is what James Michael “Jimmy” Taylor believed about life. He was a creative man, who seemed to be able to find a solution for any difficulty confronting him. He had faith in his ability to find those solutions. "Jimmy" was a person who believed that he could achieve whatever he set out to do. He loved traveling and loved meeting new people and hearing their stories. People were drawn to him. Jimmy was sensitive to others, but he was “hot-headed” which he came by honestly, but he was just as quick to forgive.

"Jimmy" was born on April 19, 1996 at Metroplex Hospital in Killeen, Texas. His parents were Mike and Tina Taylor. "Jimmy" was raised in Belton, Texas and wherever the next motor cross race was. He loved being at and camping at the tracks. He always thanked his dad for making it possible. He showed his ingenuity even as a child. When he was confronted with a problem, "Jimmy" could develop an imaginative solution, and he derived satisfaction from knowing he had that ability.

This same talent for finding solutions had a positive bearing on "Jimmy’s” family relationships. "Jimmy" was raised with two siblings. He had two older sisters, Justine and Jasmin. When a difficult situation or dilemma arose within the family, "Jimmy" was always there to make everyone laugh. He was quick to squash things and he expected you to do the same.

As a young boy, "Jimmy" could be found trying new and different things. He was curious, resourceful and interested in anything original. "Jimmy" took part in baseball but as soon as he started riding dirt bikes everything else came second. He was an adrenaline junkie. He was a card-carrying member of the AMA Motor Cross since 2003. He loved camping at the tracks with his dad. He learned to kneeboard when he was 3 and he loved riding jet skis, pit bikes and wakeboarding. What he loved and what he was always up to was shenanigans. Jimmy's” memorable achievements were from motor cross which took him all over the United States and he raced from California to Florida. He truly loved the sport!

Endowed with an appetite for knowing how his world worked, "Jimmy" enjoyed learning, especially when the learning experience involved dissecting and probing the unknown. "Jimmy" was adept at scrutinizing different possibilities and designing innovative solutions. He graduated from Belton High School when he was 16, he was so smart! He asked us if he graduated early could he go to Winter Park, Colorado and work the season, we didn’t think he could do it, but he did and we were so proud. He loved snowboarding and he already had a job and housing set up at the resort, so off to the slopes he went. He traveled to Colorado often, he loved it! To Jimmy, school was something he knew he had to get through so he could do what he wanted. He was racing to live life and he was like “high octane fuel”, he ran a little faster and burned hotter than most people.

"Jimmy" was socially resourceful, an expressive person who was willing to try new things. These qualities drew a lively circle of friends around him. Always interested in his friends’ activities and interests, "Jimmy" was uncritical of his acquaintances. He was sought after by people who recognized that he was generous with his time and energy, and these same friends found "Jimmy" to be very stimulating company. "Jimmy’s” humor and curiosity were contagious for those around him. While growing up, some of his best friends were David Tarnow & family, Ryan Serrano & family, Cole Parker & family, Brendan Rice & family, Kyle Swanson, Taylor Stasney, and whoever else I am forgetting please forgive us, he touched a lot of lives. Later in life, he became best friends with Sam Jacques, Bryce Meyer, Austin Brem, Thorn and Rhyder Humphries, Raymond Jennings and Casey Whicker. Charlee-Rae you were cousins by blood but friends by choice. “Jimmy’s” girlfriend of 6 years was Alexis Lottig. He couldn't quit you, you were it!
"Jimmy" was definitely in his element in his work place. He disliked working away from home (he loved Belton) but he was so good at his job. He was mechanically inclined. He could fabricate and create things to make things run efficiently. He could accomplish just about anything he put his mind to and there wasn’t a piece of heavy-duty machinery he couldn’t jump on and run. His personal initiative inspired those around him. His primary occupation was a Solids Control Technician. Thanks Joey Hughes and dad, for the many life lessons and always there with a hand up, and Justin Hughes, a good friend, mentor and supervisor. He was employed for 2 years with Five Star Solids Control Services. "Jimmy" always made an effort to be a team player, doing what was needed when it was necessary in order to get the job done.
"Jimmy” simply couldn’t be limited to just a few activities or ideas. His favorite hobby was ”LIFE”; motor cross, jet skiing, wake boarding, wake surfing, golfing with dad, whatever extreme sport he could get involved in. He traveled a lot when he wasn't working. California and Colorado were his favorite places to visit, he traveled to Canada for a month and he often talked about how pretty Vermont and New Hampshire were. Jimmy was funny and had the best stories about things he'd done and seen.

Faith and religion were important to "Jimmy". He was a Christian and he was "big hearted" and kind. Except when it came to his sister Jazz’s hot Cheetos, he’d take them and eat every last one of them. And while we are on the subject of things he took, Kyle Swanson he’d like to apologize for always taking your shoes, but it would not be genuine. His only regret is that he’s not around to take more of them. He always left a pair when he took a pair…even though they were his old beat up pairs. He figured you guys were square but if not, he hopes you all will forgive him

"Jimmy" was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. One of "Jimmy’s” favorites was his dog Ogio, who passed on and was waiting for him. They were best friends for 7 years. His family was rounded out by his dog Samson who is 5 years old.

"Jimmy" passed away on February 7, 2019 at University Medical Center in Lubbock, Texas from injuries sustained from a horrific auto accident. He is survived by his parents, Mike and Tina Taylor; sisters, Justine Dewald and Jasmin Davenport (and spouse Michael); paternal grandparents, James and Betty Taylor; maternal grandparents, James and Keum Ja Thomas; aunts, Christine (and spouse Paul), Faie Chavez (and spouse Ron), Rhonda Martin (and spouse Brian), Kelly Hunt (and spouse Scott); uncle, Richard Asato; niece, Jayden Dewald; nephews, Jameson Dewald and Malachi Davenport; cousins, Kayla Gregston (and spouse Joey), Kendra Wolff (and spouse Johnny), Amber Hooper (and spouse Ben), Alex Martin, Marian Carlile, Thomas Carlile, Charlee-Rae West and Austin West; and his girlfriend, Alexis Lottig and a host of many people that were like family and close friends. “Jimmy” was preceded in death by his uncle, Chris John Thomas, 3 days prior. Services were held at Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home in Killeen, Texas.

During his lifetime, nothing appeared impossible to "Jimmy". For "Jimmy", the traditional way of doing things fell short of his expectations, especially if there were original and untested methods for handling a challenge. James Michael Taylor had a passion for life, and we ask that you honor his memory by living yours.

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race. I have kept the faith.
2 Timothy 4:7