Former state Sen. Jack Taylor suffers series of strokes |

Former state Sen. Jack Taylor suffers series of strokes

Michael Schrantz

Jack Taylor

— Former state Sen. Jack Taylor, a Steamboat Springs resident, had a series of ministrokes Sunday and was taken to Swedish Medical Center in Denver, according to his wife, Geneva.

Geneva Taylor said by phone Wednesday that Jack soon would be moved from intensive care to a rehab area.

"He's progressing really well," she said.

After the first strokes Sunday, Jack Taylor was taken to Yampa Valley Medical Center. At the hospital, he experienced a larger stroke and was airlifted to Swedish Medical Center.

Geneva Taylor said her husband’s condition has stabilized and that he is able to speak and stand but not able to walk.

"He has really good speech," she said, adding that his prognosis is very good.

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Family friend Vance Halvorson said Wednesday that Jack Taylor has been able to speak for all but about 15 minutes of the time since the first series of strokes.

His condition is stable, Geneva Taylor said, and doctors have been able to bring his heart rate down to a level that he is able to be moved to rehab.

Jack Taylor served as a Republican state representative from 1993 to 2000 and a state senator from 2001 to 2008. At the beginning of the Routt County Republicans' noon meeting Wednesday at the Routt County Courthouse, Halvorson said, attendees prayed for his recovery. A card for him also was passed around for those in the room to sign.

"He's got a really good attitude and determination," Geneva Taylor said about Jack. "We're taking it day by day."

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