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11/15/07- Tyler

Local Gold Medalist Olympian Remembered

His speed took him from East Texas all the way to the Olympics. Now this local legend is being remembered. Robert Taylor, of Tyler, passed away from heart complications Tuesday night in Houston.

"We're talking about a great person, great person."

Gwen Taylor said her brother Robert was a star, not only on the track but in the many lives he touched.

"Everybody that met him loved him cause of his personality," said Taylor.  "He was always nice and humble and never had anything bad to say about anybody."

In high school at Emmett J. Scott, Taylor excelled in football and track. He went on to run in the 1972 Munich Olympic Games. There, he won a gold medal in the 400-meter relay and a silver in the 100-meter dash.

"The day that he was running, somebody passed by and said they could hear us a whole block away cheering," said Taylor. "That was a great day to see him do that."

Taylor's accomplishments would eventually lead into four separate Halls of Fame.

"You know, you always say there's one real good kid in the family and I think he was the one in ours," said Taylor.  "We looked up to him when our mother passed away. He looked up to us and said 'OK, I'm the chief around here.' 

Taylor was a legendary athlete who represented his hometown of Tyler.  A loving father, brother, and husband who'll never be forgotten.

"He can rest assure he'll never be out of our hearts and memories," said Taylor "He'll always be there ... always."

A special memorial is planned Saturday night at Taylor's brothers' house in Lindale. Taylor's son, Bobby, went on to play for the Philadelphia Eagles and Seattle Seahawks. Taylor gave his Olympic medals to his son.

Courtney Lane, Reporting.


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