Retired petroleum producer John A. “Jack” Taylor, the first chairman of the Oklahoma Commission on Marginally Producing Oil and Gas Wells, has died. He was 87.
Taylor, who died Saturday, was one of the founders of the marginal well commission, which now operates under the authority of the Oklahoma Energy Resources Board as Sustaining Oklahoma’s Energy Resources. He was its first chairman in 1992.
“Jack Taylor was part of a group of men and women devoted to extending the economic lives of marginally producing oil and gas wells within the state of Oklahoma,” said David A. Guest, another former commission chairman.
Guest said Taylor, who drilled the first deep natural gas well in southern Oklahoma, often regaled others with tales of his experiences in the industry.
“One of the first I remember hearing was about when Jack was district production manager for Mobil Oil in the early ’60’s; Mr. Taylor flew his own private plane from state to state on a daily basis to check on various oil fields,” Guest said. “Tales of landing on unpaved county roads and dirt lease roads were comical.”
He also remembered Taylor for his “can-do” attitude in business and family life.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at All Souls’ Episcopal Church.