Born On: October 15, 1941

Passed On: March 30, 2019

Jack L. Taylor

Jack L. Taylor, age 77 was born on October 15, 1941 in Muskegon, Michigan to the late Marvin H. and Jennieve M. (Bartlett) Taylor and passed away at home on Saturday, March 30, 2019. Jack is survived by his wife of 51 ½ years, Sue Taylor; son, Tom (Carolyn) Taylor; five grandchildren, Courtney and Kirk, Jared, Alyssa and Alexis; two great-grandchildren, Noah and Nora; brother, Marvin (Darlene) Taylor; daughter-in-law, Amanda Taylor; in-laws, Linda (Jim) Lewis, Steve Foltynewicz, Pat (Kurt) Linderman, Leo (Deb) Foltynewicz, John Foltynewicz, Teresa (Rick) VanLue, Cathy (Randy) Brenny; several nieces and nephews; and his beloved dog, Louie.  Along with his parents, Jack was preceded in death by a son Jack G. Taylor; and sister, Mary Dexter; and a brother in infancy. Jack served honorably in the United States Army from 1964 until 1966.  He started hill climbing in the mid 1950’s at the age of 14.  He turned professional at the age of 18 and rode in many races mainly in Indiana and Ohio.  Later, he rode Flat Track Motocross.  In 1966 Jack started his career in professional hill climbing and in his first year he finished fifth at the Mount Garfield Hill Climb.  In 1967 he won the Nationals in York, PA.  They had a Point Hill Climb at Mount Garfield and he won that, in 1968 the Nationals were held in Muskegon at Mount Garfield and he won again there.  Jack is the only two-time National Champion from Muskegon.  Jim Snell, a good friend of Jack’s built his hill climber.  Jack retired from Lift-Tech after 44 ½ years of service and was an avid hunter who greatly enjoyed spending time in the woods camping with his wife and hunting deer with both of his sons and lifelong hunting buddy, Fred Spier.  According to his wish’s cremation has taken place and a Memorial Service will be held at Bridge Bible Church—North Campus, 3777 Holton Road, (located behind Dalton Baptist Church) North Muskegon, on Saturday, April 6, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. with Reverend Marvin Wassink officiating.  Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be directed to the Life Circles, 560 Seminole Road, Muskegon, Michigan 49444 or Shriners Children’s Hospital.

Visitation Information

Bridge Bible Church---North Campus
3777 Holton Road, North Muskegon, Michigan 49445

Date: Saturday, April 06, 2019
Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Memorial Service Information

Bridge Bible Church--North Campus
3777 Holton Road, North Muskegon, Michigan 49445

Date: Saturday, April 06, 2019
Time: 11:00 AM

24 thoughts on “Jack L. Taylor

  1. Heather Cook

    My heart goes out to the Taylor family and please know my prayers and love are being sent your way. Today, I found this poem by Henry Scott-Holland called “Death is nothing at all” which made me think of Susie and Tommy:

    I have only slipped away to the next room.
    I am I and you are you.
    Whatever we were to each other,
    That, we still are.
    Call me by my old familiar name.
    Speak to me in the easy way
    which you always used.
    Put no difference into your tone.
    Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow.

    Laugh as we always laughed
    at the little jokes we enjoyed together.
    Play, smile, think of me. Pray for me.
    Let my name be ever the household word
    that it always was.
    Let it be spoken without effect.
    Without the trace of a shadow on it.

    Life means all that it ever meant.
    It is the same that it ever was.
    There is absolute unbroken continuity.
    Why should I be out of mind
    because I am out of sight?
    I am but waiting for you.
    For an interval.
    Somewhere. Very near.
    Just around the corner.

  2. Joel Jarvis

    I remember your smile (or was that a smirk?) behind each of your gruff looks. I enjoyed our relationship over those years, Jack.
    My sympathy to you, Sue, and your family—“Doc”

  3. Roy Sias

    Enjoyed working with Jack at Lift-Tech. I really liked the sparkle in his eyes when he told stories and showed us pictures from his racing days. Rest In Peace my friend

  4. Leo and Deb Foltynewicz

    Loved you brother-in-law Jack.
    You tried to be the grumpy old guy but we all seen right they that!
    RIP Jack Taylor
    Until we all meet again❤️

  5. Peggy Hill

    So sorry for your loss Jack was a wonderful person haven’t seen him in a very long time but still think of him rest in peace prayers for the entire taylor family.

  6. Chsryl Langler

    So so sorry to see this. I hope your love of hunting and meeting up with Jacky. Hope Sue is doing the best she can. I still remember how you all made me feel so welcome way back when. Love to you and my prayers are with you.

  7. April Taylor

    O’doodoo, I am gonna miss you! Your 1/2 gallon pails of ice cream, grumbling about “you don’t need that crap” when ma went shopping. Your love for hunting and the bond you had with your sons and grandsons. I’ll forever have good memories and love for you. Good luck hunting the ultimate white tail in the sky.

  8. Annie and Carly Lewis

    Jack, I’ll always feel like I was the only doctor you ever liked, probably because I wasn’t actually *your* doctor. Your passing will leave a hole no one else could fill, but I’m so glad you are finally pain free. My sympathies, Sue. You know I love you like another mother, and I’m so sorry you’re going through this as well as fighting for your own health battles. Just know you are loved by all of us!!!



  10. Steve Douglas

    Sorry to hear about your dad Tommy. I don’t recall ever meeting him however I will ALWAYS remember the sock story!!

  11. Ric Smith

    I worked with Jack several years at Lift-Tech, He was good to me from day one!! Maybe a tad ornery sometimes but nonetheless a great guy!! It was my pleasure Sir!! My prayers go out to the family and friends!!🙏

  12. Lynn Dawes

    I have known Jack since I was a teenager. I talked to him a bit after I had my first back surgery . At that time he had already faced so much pain he wasn’t in a very good mood. I have heard a lot of people say he was such a moody man….we all know how pain changes a person so I never made any judgement. I know Susie loved him. I know his son Tom loved him…Jack I still tell people about your hill climbing. victories. That was such a cool thing you did. Your family including Carolyn and your grand kids are now happy because you are facing no pain and your having a wonderful reunion with Jackie….Rest in peace Jack……see ya on the other side <3

  13. Terry Luce

    Well Jack what can I say that everyone who knew you hasent already said, first I think you were like a big BURNT MARSHMELLOW all tough on the outside but SOFT AND GENTLE on the inside. I will miss you my friend and some of our talks while shooting in the back yard. Just know I will continue to pray for your family keep the light on I will be looking for it when I arrive. C-YA

  14. Cheryl Westbrook

    Sue, there will never be anyone like Jack! I love you both with all my heart! My heart is breaking for all of you! I will never forget all our dinners and visits we had! No one could ever ask for a better Adaped Father ( and Mother) in their life! . I know Miss Willow met Grandpa at the gate with her tail wagging! I’m going to miss him more than anything! He was the best person to give me away when Bill and I got married! Bill said will also miss Jack wanting to kick me out and jack move in! I will miss you my buddy! Hugs

  15. Sue taylor

    Your really going to be missed. You know that I’ve always loved you since I was 17, but there we”re times I Didn’t like you very much And you didn’t like me either. But love kept us together. I’m so sorry I didn’t realize some of the things you did and said were from the dementia. No man should have tO livein the pain that you did the last couple of years”. Your free of the pain now so I want you I and Jackie to have a great Time. I’ll love you forever and a day. See you soon.

  16. Suzan Cook

    Dear Jack…you were one ornery booger with that awesome sense of humor! I will never forget when you teased the kids who came around. May you now Rest In Peace. My son said this and I love the image of you being in that eternal tree stand, watching for those deers. God’s blessings to you and all the Taylor family. And with this I say a heartfelt “so long” (and not good bye) until we meet again.

  17. Evelyn Cunningham

    I never had the pleasure of meeting you Jack but was able to send you pictures of my horses for you to enjoy!! Just hearing Tom talk about you at work was like we all knew you!! My thoughts and prayers to the family!! R.I.P.

  18. Danielle M Gilleo

    I love you all. You guys have been on my mind a lot lately and I’ll forever cherish our visits we had with you guys and my grandparents. Thinking of you ♡

  19. Jim and Linda Lewis

    Thinking of you meeting your son Jack in heaven and planning some hunting together. No more pain for either one of you now. What a great reunion!

  20. Tom Taylor

    Gonna miss you pops. You will always be my best friend and hunting buddy. Say hi to Jackie and save me and mom a seat by the campfire.


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