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James D. Taylor was born on July 30, 1981 in Garden City, Kan. to Thomas Jeff Taylor and Desi Rae (Lee) Talyor.
James was a vibrant and very talkative little boy. He had a very interesting personality he could tell the greatest stories. From the time he could talk he earned the nickname "jabber jaws", always full of life and up for having fun and playing jokes and just making people laugh and smile no matter where he went.
As James got older, the joking around and ability to make people around him smile and laugh stayed with him, he also became very generous. He would literally give the shirt off his own back to help someone whether he knew them well or not.
He worked hard for everything and everyone, no matter what the project was, he would always give his all.
One time while living in Minnesota, he risked his own life to help another. The guy had fallen into a water channel and was being dragged under. James told his daughter to go and get help, and then jumped in to save the man that had fallen in. He always said he didn't think, he just knew he had to help that man and couldn't let him drown.
His children and his family were his world. There was no greater love than the love he had for his children and family.
He would joke around and play with his kids. He was always up for listening to his kids and everyone else. There was such a strong connection with his children. He was open minded. James had his own outlook on life, but always kept his faith.
James enjoyed fishing even at three in the morning and being outdoors. He loved to work with his hands, be it with wood or machine.
He had a passion for music and was a self taught guitar player. But, most of all he was happy when he was able to joke around and have a good time, whether it was sitting around listening to music, playing video games or just general horsing around.
He was a jack of all trades and a master of none. Even if he was sick or hurt, he always worked hard to provide for his family. He was an amazing son, brother and father.
Even though, like everyone else, he was imperfect, James was a joy to be around. He had his own sparkle in his eyes that could outshine the brightest star. He had his own grin that will stay in our hearts forever.
James David Taylor died unexpectedly on Friday, April 4, 2014 near Kit Carson.
James is survived by his children: Destany Taylor and Damion Taylor of Cheyenne Wells and Dante Taylor of Burlington, as well as by his parents Thomas "Jeff" and Desi Rae Taylor of Cheyenne Wells, his grandmother Ruth Taylor of Burlington, his sister Misty (Heath) Niles of Seibert and his brother Brandon (Valerie) Phillips of Ulysses, Kan.
James is also survived by the mother of his children, Eleana McDonough of Burlington and by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and aunts and uncles to include David & Melanie Lee of Ulysses, Kan.
James was preceded in death by his grandparents David Charles Lee Sr., Carol Lee and Jim Taylor and one cousin Brian Taylor.
Memorial services were held on Friday, April 11, 2014 at the Cheyenne Wells Christian Church in Cheyenne Wells with Pastor Mike Lewis officiating.
Memorial contributions can be made to the James Taylor Memorial Fund in c/o The Eastern Colorado Bank, P.O. Box 888, Cheyenne Wells, CO 80810.
Friends and family can sign the guestbook and register online condolences at
Final arrangements for James David Taylor were entrusted to the care of the Brown Funeral Home in Cheyenne Wells.
Published in The Burlington Record on Apr. 17, 2014
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