Garold Klare (Jack) Young passed away on November 16, 2017, at his home in St. George, UT, 94 years young. A greatly respected patriarch of six sons, one daughter, 35 grandkids, 88 great-grandkids, three great-great-grandkids (to date), daughters-in-law and sons-in-law, and more great-in-laws brought into the family.
Jack was loved and cherished by all. He was known for his gentle, kind, loving nature; friendly, positive attitude; quiet wisdom; and selfless concern for others. He could best be described as a “hero” to his family.
Jack was born on February 18, 1923, in Provo, UT to William L. and Ann Eliza Porter Young, the youngest child in a family of seven brothers and four sisters. He was the twelfth child of a Mormon pioneer family whose genealogy traced back to the early settlers of Utah. His great grandfather, Lorenzo Dow Young, was a brother of the Prophet Brigham Young.
Jack had the same pioneering qualities of self reliance and optimistic spirit. With two of his brothers, they established a manufacturing business in the mid 1950’s providing industry to the small community of Monticello.
Many young men learned valuable life skills while working at Young’s with Jack’s guidance and ingenuity. Young’s Machine Company is still successfully operating worldwide today with three of Jack’s sons following in their father’s footsteps.
The majority of Jack’s life was spent in Monticello, although, shortly after his birth, the family moved to Blanding to ranch, raising cattle and sheep.
Jack spent his youth on horseback riding the range from Deckers at Bluff to Camp Jackson and across the Blue Mountains, cowboying with his family whenever he wasn’t attending school.
However, in 1937 the high school burned down. Knowing how important an education was, Jack’s mom moved him and his sister Jeri to Salt Lake City to attend school. Jack attended West High School, graduating in 1941.
He got a summer job at Saltair, an amusement park on the shores of the Great Salt Lake, where he met his future wife, Beth Mitchell Larsen. They got married in the Salt Lake Temple of the Churchof Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints the following summer of 1942.
Jack was working for Hill Field as an airplane mechanic in December of 1941 when Pearl Harbor was bombed and World War II started. He joined the US Army Air Corp to become a pilot.
While in pilot training, he injured his back. He was forced to change his specialty, so he became an airplane mechanic.
For training and service, the Army Air Corp sent Jack to many locations including Nebraska, Texas, California, and Idaho, with the final destination being the South Pacific to the island of Tinian.
After returning from the service, Jack and Beth made their home in Salt Lake City, where Jack worked for Chicago Bridge and Iron. As their family grew, Jack was involved in cub scouts and little league in the Rose Park area of Salt Lake.
A decision was made to move to Monticello to go into business with his two brothers and Monticello became their home town where they raised their seven children.
They were actively involved in the LDS Church in many callings, well known for their work with the youth, instructing dance classes, “Gold and Green Balls” and many promenades.
Countless hours were spent supporting their children’s activities between church, school, football, basketball and baseball. Favorite family activities included picnicking, fishing, camping and hunting.
Large Young reunions were held often on the Blues with Jack and Beth organizing and leading the way.
After retiring, Jack and Beth were honored to serve a mission for the LDS church at the Manti Temple.
They spent their winters in St. George and summers in Monticello, dividing their time between the growing families.
Jack remained healthy and active during the last decade of his life, finding time to write his life history, a book of poems, spending time with his family, taking the favorite movies runs, as well as golfing as often as possible. Jack was an avid fan of the Jazz and BYU sports.
Garold Klare (Jack) Young is preceded in death by his parents and siblings; his eternal companion Beth; son Frank; and grandson Reed.
He is survived by sons, Jack (Dayna) of Monticello, Gary (Roma) of Monticello, Mike of Moab, Steve (Carma) of Monticello, Dow (Bernadette) of Farmington, NM; and daughter Shellee Goodspeed of St George; in-laws and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held November 27, with interment in the Monticello City Cemetery.
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The family of Garold K. Young would like to thank the many who provided their services, food, hugs and friendship during the passing of their loved one.