Douglas Wilford Young, age 77, passed away peacefully at his home on October 17, after a long illness. Douglas was born on July 9, 1944 in Salt Lake City, Utah to Wilford Thomas Young and Ada Jane Asper. He had two older brothers, William and Gene Paul. His father was a Salt Lake City Police Captain. Douglas grew up in Salt Lake where he attended grade school and East High School. He worked helping janitor when he was in Jr. High School and later was employed by the Salt Lake Water Department as a teenager.
Douglas attended the University of Utah in Salt Lake and received his Master of Business Administration. In 1968 he was drafted into the Army. He met his wife, Crystal Burrup, in 1967 on the university campus and they were married on December 2, 1968. Four weeks later, Douglas was sent to Vietnam where he served in the Army Aviation. He was trained as a helicopter mechanic.
Upon his discharge from the Army in 1970, he returned to Salt Lake and upon taking the civil service exam was employed by Army STRACTCOM at Fort Huachuca. He worked as a budget analyst and a program analyst for the federal government until his retirement. He received many awards over the years and two letter of commendation from two United States' Presidents.
He is survived by his five children: Gregory (Marieca) Young, Kimberly Ann (Robert) Cherny, Wendy Jean (Nate) Herrscher, Brenda Jean (Gregory) Geisler, and Linda Marie (John) Peterson; 20 grandchildren; and three great grandchildren with one on the way.
He enjoyed weight lifting, mechanics, car maintenance, "do it yourself" projects, rock hunting and geology, scouting and being a Webelos leader. He was knowledgeable of the world events, investing in stocks, and one son-in-law described him as "a collector of various tools."
Doug was active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints all of his life and served in many positions over the years. He loved his family and always put them first. He was always looking for ways to support and help them. He had a refreshingly dry sense of humor. His integrity and dependability were profound in his dealings with family and friends. He will be profoundly missed.
The family would like to express deep appreciation to Dr. Blair Goodsell and the Casa de la Paz Hospice facility for their expert care and support during Doug's final days. We also express thanks to Hatfield Funeral Home in Sierra Vista for their coordinating services and transportation along with the Horsley Funeral Home in Malad, Idaho.
Funeral services and interment will take place on October 28, 2021 in Downey, Idaho under the direction of the Horsley Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, the family would like you to reach out to someone in need and help them when you can.