Year Inducted: 1991
Nominated By: Joe Taravella
Sports Competed In: N/A
Athlete, Coach or Contributor: Contributor
Attended Pueblo South H.S., graduating in 1973...Served as the manager for the Colts football, basketball and baseball teams for three seasons (1971-73).
Went to Western State College (WSC) in Gunnison, CO and graduated with a Business Administration degree in 1979...Played one year (1979) of intramural football at WSC.
● Trans-Continental runner February-October 1985 (3,528 mile).
● Colorado State Fair Parade Marshal and Participant in the "Exceptional Rodeo" (1986).
● Skydiving from 12,500 feet in an air show 1990.
● Participated in 28 and 26 mile marathons - 300 Shorter runs.
● Climbed 14,110 Pikes Peak at various times.
Traylor was born with Cerebral Palsy...Has controlled his limitations through his Positive Attitude, Optimism, Commitment and Inner-Strength and has been Athletically involved. He went to work for the U.S. Bureau of Public Debt in Parkersburg, West Virginia but that didn’t give him enough satisfaction; however, before leaving he was nominated for Employee of the Year. Left to become an athlete and motivational speaker. Dr. Norman Vincent Peale from his national radio broadcast, "The American Character" said Traylor is building his career as a motivational speaker by becoming a motivational "doer". Dr. Peal devotes a chapter of his book telling Jerry’s story in a chapter entitled "Perseverance". Jerry knows he has to "live his talk", if people are going to be convinced that they too can achieve difficult goals. Since the completion of his run across America, which he did to raise funds for the Trail of New Beginnings Foundation to enhance programs and facilities for the elderly and handicapped. Jerry just wants to make a difference in the world. He believes and demonstrates - "You can do anything you want if you make plans instead of excuses". He inspires his audiences to do the same. .
● Awarded 1st runner-up honors - International Platform Association Speaking Competition.
● Named a Paul Harris Fellow-Rotary International's highest award for service to others.
● Selected Outstanding Young Citizen of West Virginia.
● Continues to give corporate speeches, but is always willing to give motivational speeches to Non Profit Organizations for free.
Worked for the U.S. Treasury Department as well as being a Motivational Speaker and "Doer"
Passed away June 10, 2018 in Phoenix, AZ.