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TAYLOR John Edward Taylor, age 86, of Simi Valley, CA, former long time Orange Park resident, passed away November 16, 2009. He was born May 23, 1923 in Cohose, NY, the son of John Taylor and Mary Adriance Taylor. Mr. Taylor served his country in the U.S. Navy for 39 years, first as an enlisted man and working his way up to the rank of Captain, and having flown in 49 different aircraft at last count. He served in WWII, Korea, and Vietnam and many other missions. His memberships include the Toastmasters, the Association of Old Crows, and the Sit Lux et Fuit Lodge #75 F.&A.M. of Cohose, NY. He was also the long time Chairman of the Housing Finance Authority of Orange Park for 18 years. In addition to his brilliant career, Mr. Taylor also was an affectionate and loving husband and father, brother, and friend who will be deeply missed by his family and many friends. He was predeceased by his wife Elizabeth D. Taylor in 2006 and his daughter Nancy Lee Lawson in 2002. Survivors include his daughter Jan Walker and her husband Stanley of Simi Valley, CA; his sister Betty Crabel; and many other loving family members and friends. Funeral services in celebration of his life will be held at 2:00 PM on Friday December 4, 2009 in the chapel of Jacksonville Memory Gardens Funeral Home, 111 Blanding Blvd., Orange Park with Dr. Bob Bole officiating. Mr. Taylor will be laid to rest with his wife in the Garden of the Masonic at Jacksonville Memory Gardens. Full military honors will be conferred. Family members will greet friends from 1:30 PM until the hour of service at the funeral home. Please Sign the Guestbook @

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Published in Florida Times-Union on Dec. 3, 2009.
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December 11, 2010
A lot of clouds have passed under the wings of those EA-3B's that Capt Taylor flew so well. I am not surprised to find so many of us who were "shipmates" of the Captain and considered him a friend regardless of our rank or rating. "Fair winds and following seas" is an apt salute to this great man. I was privileged enough to be a member of his crew on many trips to the carriers during my time at Rota from '67-'69. And reading the many tributes to him I have seen so many names I recognize who played such an important part of the family he developed and lead in VQ-2. As he has so many times in the past, he has assembled his crew for another mission and we all can't wait to fly with him again.
Jeff Dodson
January 30, 2010
Jan, so sorry to read about your dad today. He was a wonderful gentleman and a great friend my mother, Virginia Allan. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Bambi McIlrath
December 12, 2009
What a great 'Skipper' - taught me a thing or three.
Condolences to his wonderful family.
Bill Di Berto, USN
Bill Di Berto
December 9, 2009
I knew Capt. Jack as my skipper in VQ2. I have never respected a man more. The world will be a poorer place without Captain Jack.
David Pruett SCPO USN (ret)
David Pruett
December 8, 2009
My first 'Skipper', VQ-2,'71. What an example, stay'd that way too, thru the years. A great loss to a lotta people. Condolences and blessings to the family.
Ken Wallis
December 8, 2009
I met Capt. Jack many years ago at one of the A-3 reunions in Van Nuys, CA. I was very impressed with his many stories regarding his military experiences - he sure had many stories! He had such a unique commanding aura about him yet he was very gentle and soft spoken. I will never forget him. May his memory be eternal.
Mimi Danas
December 8, 2009
I flew my first flight in a VQ-2 EA-3B with LCDR Taylor on March 14, 1967 and deployed on my last carrier detachment with CDR Taylor as the OinC in Jaunary of 1970. He was a superb pilot, a great leader, and one of the finest human beings I have ever known. He and Liz together were a great example of a Navy team, and I am thankful for the chance to have known them. I can honestly say that I learned whatever I know about leadership from Jack, and I am a better man for having had the chance to serve with him. God Bless....
Ivan Hughes
December 8, 2009
Captain Jack was my first Navy CO in 1980 @ VQ-2 Rota Spain. The squadron had been going thru some trying times and Captain Jack squared her away. I was also there when he did his last flight as the oldest aviator, he also had the youngest crew chief Airman Scott Emmmett onboard. Captain Jack as busy as he was took the time out of his day to give me a letter of appreciation for cleaning and buffing his office so well, I will always remember him. The last time I saw Captain Jack was in San Lucar Spain, he was with CDR Don East eating tapas, around 1985. Great memories, Great Man!

AMHC (AW) Retired VQ-2 1980 to 1991, 1996-1999
John Herndon
December 7, 2009
Captain Jack, as most of us referred to him, was my Skipper in 1979. A great man, pilot, and friend during his tenure on the A-3 association board, I find out now after all these years that he was also a Masonic brother. His character, values, and genuine “doing what’s right” for all, should be a standard for people to follow. I will always remember him and his wife Liz and the memorable Christmas party in Rota where they made life a treat for the hundreds of sailors stationed overseas. I wish him “fair winds and following seas” on his final cat and mission. Farewell my friend, the world is a much better place because of you.
Mark Swisher
December 7, 2009
To Captain Jack and his family,
We first met when Jack transferred to Rota in 1964. I was the duty driver who gave him a ride to the BOQ before his own transportation was available. Jack was a LT then. I later flew many missions with him including when we first began deploying the A3s aboard the carriers. We were original members Det Alpha. We later transferred to VQ-1 around the same time and after that tour he returned to Rota and I followed about a year later. I have only good memories of Jack Taylor and his beloved wife Liz. I last saw him in 2000 when he and Liz attended a reunion of VQ-2 folks from the 1964-66 era. It is with great sadness that I receive these news. I know he is now with Liz and the Lord.
TJ Wiley
December 7, 2009
I first met Jack and Liz in the Atsugi O club in 1968 while on a VQ-2 det to Danang. Because of the impression they made on me, my daughter, who was born while I was on det was named for Liz. We continued to cross paths for the next 40 years at VQ reunions, conferences, business trips and visits. You both will be missed. God bless.
JD Ouellette
December 7, 2009
I am shocked to hear of (Chief) Taylor's passing, I served with him in Iwakuni and Atsugi in 1959-1960. He was one of the greatest men I have ever had the priviledge to know. I have thought of him often through the years. I'm sure he will be missed by all who knew him. Charles Patrick, AE3
December 7, 2009
Captain Jack’s influence on the Navy reconnaissance programs has been greater than can be imagined. The onslaught of age left Jack regrettably absent from recent VQ Association reunions, but the void was certainly noted with sorrow. On behalf of all the members of the VQ Association we wish Jack fair winds and following seas as he makes his final journey west.
Larry Brosh
VQ Association
Larry Brosh
December 7, 2009
I was one on the fortunate to serve under and fly with Jack in VQ-2 (1969-1972). He truly was a great Naval Officer and Gentleman and will remain in Phyllis's and my prayers.
Bob Stanga
December 7, 2009
Captain Jack was an inspiration and much admired Skipper, leader and squadronmate in our 2 VQ-2 tours as enlisted aircrew and CWO. Rosa and I have fond memories while in Spain of going through the blueprints of Jack and Liz's planned home for retirement in Admirals Walk, Jacksonville, Fl. RIP
Bill & Rosa Stone
December 7, 2009
His energy for good is now with Christ Jesus he completed his adventure here and is now where we all shall meet. Jeff Richardson EA3B pilot that was happines for me as I flew it.
Jeffery Richardson
December 7, 2009
Jack "JET" Taylor was and is the best man that I met in my Naval career. We served together in VQ-1 at Atsugi, Japan and VQ-2 in Rota, Spain. I truely loved the man and his lovely and graceous wife,Liz.
Dave & Nina Laney
December 7, 2009
Jack was my Commanding Officer in VQ-2 when I was at a critical point in my Navy career. Because of his wisdom and support I chose to stay in the service and he served me as an example of everything right to do for the remaining years of my career. That I got to serve with him on the A-3 Skywarrior Association Board was an added bonus. To find out that he was also a Brother Freemason surprises me not one bit, for he exemplified Masonic values in so much of what he did. I very recently spoke of him as an example of an exemplary officer to my oldest son, who is contemplating military service. May he fly forever on wings unbound...
Andrew Niemyer
December 7, 2009
May God's love shine everlastingly on Jack and Liz Taylor. They had a tremendous influence on those of us who had the privilege to be around them, and they will be missed very much.
Art Strong
December 6, 2009
Jack was arguably the best pilot in VQ-1 in 1958-1959, and always a warm and constant friend and supporter. We stayed in close touch for many years, but lost contact in recent years. I have thought of his friendship often and recently.
John Ballard
December 6, 2009
Capt Jack was a great pilot to fly with and a great commanding officer.
I greatly enjoyed flying and serving with him in VQ-2. My prayers go out to his family. Capt Jack will be missed by all those who knew him. AT1 Tony Grow VQ-2 (1972-1978)
December 6, 2009
CAPT Taylor will be sorely missed. As an Ensign in VQ-2 I met CAPT Taylor (ret.) in 1982 when he was visiting and impressing on young JO's the importance of supporting Naval Aviation. A big man, I thought this man reminds me of Daddy Warbucks "Defender of American Ideals". A gentleman whom I was fortunate to have served with on the A-3 Skywarrior BOD. How many Navy pilots do we know with the initials "JET". May CAPT Taylor's memory be eternal.
God Bless - - v/r, John / sends
John Anayannis
December 6, 2009
I met Capt. Jack for the first time in 2001 at Tailhook. We had communicated via email for several years during the process of forming the A-3 Skywarrior Assoc. He was very enthusiastic about it and the "whale" was dear to his heart as were members of the A-3 community that served under and with him. I will never forget seeing him pace the fence in Van Nuys at the A-3 50th reunion waiting to get through the gate so he could reunite with and touch an A-3 after a long absence. He will be missed and our prayers go out to Jan and the family.

Al Rankin, Pres. A-3 Assoc.
Al Rankin
December 6, 2009
Captain Taylor was the most inspirational Commanding Officer I ever served. He always put his service members and their families first. My prayers go out to his family.
ATCS Bruce Johnson (USN Ret.)
Bruce Johnson
December 6, 2009
We are so sorry to hear of Jack's passing. He and Liz were mainstays of the VQ community and they were a joy to be around. Jack will be on final forever. God speed on your journey West. Clint Epley past president VQ Association.
Clint Epley
December 6, 2009
A beloved mentor and great friend lo these many years. I just became aware of Jack's passing and send my deepest regrets to the family upon the loss of a true American hero. Dale Hagen, Radm, Ret
December 6, 2009
A great professional and pilot. I had the privilege of serving with Jack both in VQ-2 and on the
A-3 Skywarrior board. Our prayers go out to his special family for that peace that surpasses all understanding.

Capt. Tom Maxwell (USN ret.)
Tom Maxwell
December 6, 2009
Bob first met Jack in Bob's late 50's time in Iwakuni. He was a very patient teacher and a great role model. He helped keep me(Bob) alive. Barbara and I were privileged to have him fly solo to our wedding in Milwaukee in 1961. Since then we have had numerous meetings with him and Liz in many places. We and our children will not forget him and what he has added to our lives. Our sympathy and our prayers go out to the Taylor family.
Bob & Barbara Carlson & Family
Bob & Barbara Carlson
December 6, 2009
Jack Taylor was my first CO, during his 2nd CO tour in Rota. There are so many fond memories I have and so many good things I could say about this professional, capable and kind-hearted man. To save room for others, I will simply say "Fair winds and following seas, Skipper...I will never forget you." Tom Brennan
December 6, 2009
As my CO during his second tour as VQ-2 CO, Jack not only touched my career but also my life. During my NAVAIR tour Jack (retired)would drop by and say Hi, I was humbled that he took the time. A pilot's pilot and a CO's CO.
May you and your family feel God's love.
Steve Moore
December 6, 2009
The legacy of “Can Do” professionalism CAPT Taylor bequeathed to the VQ community was evident when I reported to VQ-2 in 1980. In 2009 that legacy remains a foundational tenant within the community. Thank you Sir, My My deepest condolences are with the Taylor family. Randle Tolliver CWO5, USN (Ret)
December 6, 2009
The VQ community has lost a champion, I first met Jack in Iwakuni and remember well the day he received his orders to his first tour as C.O. VQ-2.
A true friend and he will missed.

Chuck Christman
December 6, 2009
I arrived in 1979 as an AE2 EWOP to VQ2 Rota and soon made 1st. Capt Jack was one of the 1st in line to Pin it on. He also was very cordial to us on Det out in town. The Enlisted in the squadron had a great deal of Respect for CAPT Jack. He was without a doubt the Best CO I ever had. May the LORD Bless him and I'm sure he will have a special place in Heaven.

Rick Scott
Ricky Scott
December 6, 2009
I served under Capt Taylor in VQ-2 and remember him being a great well respected SKIPPER. Met him again when I was in VA-12 and he flew aboard the Eisenhower. He will be missed.
Thomas Micheli
December 6, 2009
Capt Jack was a Lcdr with VQ2 in mid 60's and was my Department Head. It was an honor for me to fly with Capt Jack on a few flights. He was probably the best Department Head I had during my Navy Career. He will be thoroughly missed by all who were fortunate enough to serve with him. My prayers go out Capt Jack and his family.

M. Desjarlais CPO (Ret)
desjarlais martin
December 6, 2009
Capt Jack was a LCDR in VQ-2 when LCDR Rip Taylor was in the Squadron, I flew in the EC-121M's as a flight radioman. Capt Jack always had a kind and informative word for all personnel enlisted or Officer. He was a true professional who knew how to word an Aircraft discripency to minimise troubleshooting and repair. His spirit will be missed by all. Ron Miller CWO4 USN Ret (LaVergne, TN)
Ronald Miller
December 6, 2009

December 6, 2009
Captain Jack was the best CO during my time in the Navy. He was the best friend in the Chief's mess. He was also a proud Master Mason. "We cherish his memory here, We commend his spirit to God who gave it, and commit his body to the earth". Rest in peace Brother.
Charlie Wooddy
December 6, 2009
I flew with Captain Jack as a crewmember in VQ-2 from 1964-66. A great pilot and commander who will be missed. Hank Grant
Hank Grant
December 5, 2009
Capt. Jack was a Lcdr when I was an ADJ 3. He was a member of my A3 Plane Captain board and went out of his way to shake my hand upon my selection as a PC. I also have memories of him being a great man and outstanding pilot. My heart and prayers are yours during this time of loss. May God richly bless you and comfort you.
Al Murray
December 5, 2009
Jack was my skipper in VQ-2 and was probably the best CO I had in my 26 years in the Navy. I was his EW department head and we often flew together on missions and to confernces all over Europe. I still have the picture with him as my wife Joann (deceased 1/11/07) pinned on my new CDR bars. We continued to work together during his tour in OPNAV. He will be missed but not forgotten. May God comfort and strengthen his family.
Vic McCauley
December 5, 2009
J D in the country
To Jack and all his family
Although we actually met for the first time in the summer of 1968 it seemed as if we had been friends and shipmates long before that first meeting When Jack went to VQ-2 in the spring of 1969 as prospective CO I never dreamed I would follow him 2 years later for another time of working together when he took command. For those great evenings shared in the Fax lounge with Jack & Liz I am fforever grateful for the many good times and thoughts we shared. Then when the Iranians caused all yhe problems in 1979 we were fortunate to work together again. He had been returned to Rota and VQ-2 earlier and saved from retirement. And I was saved from the academic wotrld and was assigned to VQ-1 as CO. How about that, we tood the post graduate route at the same time. And we did not even have to send hardcopy to know what each other were thinking!. I know you are a patriot who has earned his rest with our Lord. May God continue to bless you as you reside in His realm now and forever.
J D Meyer
December 5, 2009
Captain Jack was a VQ legend and I finally met THE MAN when I set up the A-3 Skywarrior booth at Tailhook in Reno. He touched my life. Fair winds and following seas, from one of the Army Guys attached to VQ1, Captain.
Gil Bouffard
December 5, 2009
My first memory of Jack is right after he was commisioned the second time and had reported to VQ-1 at Iwakuni in 1957. I took him out for his first P4M-1Q flight. You would have thought he had been flying the airplane his entire life! To Jack's family, please accept my condolences. Norm Bull
December 5, 2009
I first met Capt Taylor out in California.
He was flight testing special equipment for the Cuban Missile Crisis.

He was always a professional and a great person

Mike Gallagher
Sierra Vista AZ
December 5, 2009
Many good memories, we flew a lot together in VQ-2, Rota Spain. 1965 thru 1968. We called him Jack. A good pilot and Naval Officer. You should be very prioud of him.

Ed and Marge Laney, Hollywood, MD.
Edward Laney
December 5, 2009
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Jack Shaffer
December 5, 2009
I served under Jack in VQ-2 in the early 70's. My condolences to his family.
James Paloma
December 5, 2009
A monumental loss for the VQ (Navy Airborne Electronic Reconnaissance) community. A long time personal friend and the person that had the most effect and influence on my own Navy career. There will never be another Jack Taylor. A true patriot!
Don East
December 5, 2009
I had the honor of serving with Jack twice in VQ-2, Rota, Spain during the 1970's. He was, without a doubt, the most respected Naval Officer I ever new in my 20 years of service. After leaving the service, he again came to my aid with a personal recommendation for a teaching position here in Texas. My wife and I will always remember with great fondness Jack and Liz Taylor, Jay LaGregs.
Jay G. LaGregs
December 4, 2009
Flying friend of 65 years. We trained together, received our Navy Wings together and served together. Jack's historical passage through the various ranks is unparalled and most deserved. His resurection of VQ-s in Rota, Spain by a senior navy captain about to retire in one for the books. Jack will be missed by all, especially his navy pals. With great sowwow, Bill Warde.
William A. Warde
December 3, 2009
With much love forever, your big sister, Betty
Elizabeth Crable
December 3, 2009
With sympathy and love. your niece, Lynne Santoro
Lynne Santoro
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