John Taylor, 94, passed away August 22, 2019 in Billings, Montana. He was born October 15, 1924 in Huntington, West Virginia to Clarence and Lulu (Petit) Taylor. On September 17, 1946, he married Jean Wade at the age of 21.
John Taylor was recruited by the Cerebral Palsy Center to come to Billings in 1959 to serve as the Center’s Clinical Psychologist (The C.P. Center is now known as the Montana Center for Handicapped Children). While there, he established outreach clinics that continue to serve the region to this day. Also in 1959, John was asked to begin teaching psychology classes in the teacher education program at Rocky Mountain College. These became very popular and within a few years, he had established the Psychology Department at Rocky Mountain College. John continued to teach at RMC until his retirement.
After a few years at the C.P. Center, John went to work at what was then the Mental Hygiene Clinic. The program grew, and by 1964 he was employed as the chief clinical psychologist and director of outpatient services at the regional Mental Health Center. He was active in establishing the statewide Mental Health Center system, and in passing professional licensing laws for clinical psychology.
John passed away peacefully and quickly. A memorial service is pending.
John is survived by Jean Wade Taylor, his wife of 73 years, and his youngest brother, Clarence “Lee” Taylor. He also leaves behind his son, Mark Taylor (Rosanna Buehl), his son, Chuck Taylor (Begoña Kendall), his daughter, Lisa Meeker (Dennis Meeker), well as his grandson, Ambrose Taylor (Julie Taylor), and their children, Kylie Mason and AJ Taylor.