Jay Taylor was born and raised in Albuquerque New Mexico. As a young boy he enjoyed hunting and fishing and he was active in high school sports, lettering in football, track and wrestling. Jay joined the Marine Corps on his 18th birthday in 1967. He served a tour in Vietnam as a Marine Corps Scout Sniper where he was awarded the Bronze Star and Navy Commendation Medals. After returning home Jay struggled with the memories of his actions while in Vietnam. In 1972 Jay moved to Alaska where he eventually met and married his wife Paulette. They had two boys, Lee and Bobby. Jay has worked for the same construction company for the last thirty years. In 1987 Jay and his family left Alaska and relocated to Portland Oregon. For the next six years Jay worked in Washington, Oregon, and California before relocating back to New Mexico in 1993. Jay still works for Hoffman Construction Company as a Project Superintendent and Paulette manages their thoroughbred racehorse farm. Jay is a four term past president of the New Mexico Houndsman Association and he is currently on the Board of Directors for the New Mexico Horsebreeders Association. He is a proud member of the NRA and enjoys target shooting with his son Lee and granddaughter Tamra.