Starke Taylor

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Starke Taylor
54th Mayor of Dallas, Texas
In office
Preceded by Jack Wilson Evans
Succeeded by Annette Strauss
Personal details
Born Austin Starke Taylor Jr.
(1922-07-02)July 2, 1922
Paris, Texas, U.S.
Died October 27, 2014(2014-10-27) (aged 92)
Dallas, Texas, U.S.
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Delores Myrlee Burris, Carolyn Wray Norman Markle
Alma mater Rice Institute
Occupation Cotton investor
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch  United States Navy
Years of service World War II

Austin Starke Taylor Jr. (July 2, 1922 – October 27, 2014) was mayor of Dallas, Texas, from 1983 to 1987, and a cotton investor.


Taylor was born on July 2, 1922 in Paris, Texas in Lamar County to Austin Starke Taylor, Sr. and Veryl Georgette Lamb. He married Delores Myrlee Burris, daughter of Clarke E. Burris on August 29, 1942 in Durant, Oklahoma.[1] They had three children: Austin Starke III, Janet Charlene and Charles Claiborne. He and Mrs. Taylor divorced in 1973. He married Carolyn Wray Norman Markle on April 7, 1973 in Dallas.

Starke Taylor graduated from Highland Park High School in 1939 where he was editor of the yearbook. In 1943 he graduated from Rice University, at the time called Rice Institute. While there he was elected president of the sophomore class.

He served in the Navy during World War II. His father, Starke Taylor, Sr., was involved in buying and selling cotton and served a term as mayor of Highland Park. Stark Taylor, Jr. joined his father's firm in 1946 and assumed control when is father retired in 1962. He sold the firm in 1982.[2]

He served on the Parks and Recreation Board under Jack Evans. He defeated City Councilman and former Mayor Wes Wise in an election where he outspent the other candidate 10 to 1.[3] In his 1985 re-election campaign, he defeated Max Goldblatt.

Starke Taylor, Jr., CEO, Taylor Investments was on the 2012 AT&T College Bowl Board.[4] He was also president of the Cotton Council International.


Taylor died at his home in Dallas on October 27, 2014.[5]


  1. ^ "Wedding of Deloris Burris, Starke Taylor Jr. Revealed. Dallas Morning News, February 7, 1943, page 3
  2. ^ "Mayor of the Unfinished City." Texas Monthly. October, 1983, pgs 149-153, 222-229. (accessed February 7, 2011 Google Books)
  3. ^ "Cotton Investor Elected As Mayor of Dallas." The New York Times. April 4, 1983.(accessed February 7, 2011)
  4. ^ AT&T Cotton Bowl Board
  5. ^ "Former Dallas mayor, Starke Taylor, dies at age 92". Dallas Retrieved October 27, 2014.