Longtime Local Lawmaker, Republican Activist Dies At 85

By: Paul J. Gately Email
By: Paul J. Gately Email
Former Waco state Rep. M.A. Taylor, who also served as chairman of the McLennan County GOP, died Tuesday at 85.

State Rep. M.A. Taylor (File)

WACO (February 5, 2013)--Former Waco state Rep. M.A. Taylor, who also served for a number of years as the McLennan County GOP chairman, died Tuesday at 85 at Providence Health Center.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at First United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Stephen Ramsdell officiating.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m., Wednesday at the Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey Garden Room.

Burial will follow at Texas State Cemetery in Austin.

Gov. Rick Perry, who served in the Legislature at the same time as Taylor, issued a statement Tuesday evening expressing condolences to Taylor’s family and friends.

“Rep. Taylor represented the vanguard of the conservative movement in Texas, and I was proud to serve alongside him in the Legislature,” Perry said.

“His dedication to his constituents was inspirational, and his commitment to public service was an example for all of us to follow.”

Taylor was elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 1984 and served eight years.

After leaving the Legislature, he was elected to the State Republican Executive Committee, serving as chairman of the Resolutions Committee, and as a member of the Executive Campaign Committee.

He was elected chairman of the Republican Party of McLennan County in 1994.

Taylor was born in 1927 in Hewitt, attended both Hewitt and Lorena public schools, graduated from Texas A&M, worked as business manager for an orthopedic clinic and later joined Central Freight Lines where he worked for more than three decades.

Taylor also served several terms as president of the Central Federal Credit Union.

After retirement, Taylor started Management Action Techniques and Systems, a business consulting firm.

He was a Rotarian, past president of the Waco Civic Theater, past president of the Red Cross Gallon Club, as a seven gallon blood donor, past vice chairman of the Heart of Texas Chapter American Red Cross, a member and vice chairman of the Providence Hospital Advisory Board, and a trustee of the Providence Healthcare Network.

Taylor also served as a board member and vice president of the Friends of the Moody Texas Ranger Memorial Library and as a member of the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum Advisory Committee.

Taylor was a 33rd Degree Mason and a member of Waco Lodge 92 and Tranquility Lodge 2000.

Taylor, who was married to the former Virginia Lynn Salmond, has one son, Mark Kevin Taylor, and two daughters, Marilynn Pagano and Kathy Leighton, five grandchildren, and one great grandchild.

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