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James Young

1933 - 2009

James L. Young

James (Jim) Young died peacefully at home with his family Aug. 1, 2009. He was born May 21, 1933 in Chicago, Ill. to Daniel and Rose Young.
He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Dorothy; three sons, Brooke Thomas Young, Kirk Daniel Young and Brett James (Carmen) Young; granddaughters, Seana (Andrew) Kromann, Emily and Samantha Young; grandsons, James Allen, Nathan, Jake and James Carlos Young; great-grandchildren, Alex and Sarah Kromann; brother, Daniel C. Young; and niece and nephews, Dana Cox, Gregory (Jodi) Young and Neil St. Andrew.
Preceding him in death were his brother, Thomas; and his parents.
Mr. Young spent his early years in Gallatin Gateway and Bozeman, Mont. He served as a corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War between the years 1951 and 1954. He was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds received during combat. Following his discharge, he resided in San Francisco, where he met his wife, Dorothy. They were married in September of 1957. In January of 1959 the couple and their infant son moved to Flagstaff, where he commenced his real estate career.
In 1967 Mr. Young began his longtime relationship with Kaibab Industries, primarily through his real estate office. When Kaibab moved its corporate office to Phoenix, Mr. Young moved also, as a vice-president in real estate. He also became increasingly involved in Kaibab’s natural resource and political and government affairs efforts. For many years Mr. Young spent countless hours and thousands of airline miles traveling to Washington, D.C., and all over the United States representing Kaibab’s lumber interests. He was well-known on Capitol Hill and in the halls of Congress, but he still continued his real estate efforts on behalf of Kaibab.
In 1981-82 he was asked to assume the property management responsibilities that Kaibab held in Payson. Out of that he gradually opened his own realty office in Payson, first as Realty World Young Realty and then in 1994 as ERA Young Realty & Investment. He was a member of the National Association of Realtors, the Arizona Association of Realtors, and the Central Arizona Board of Realtors.
Through the years Mr. Young took a deep interest in and was involved in community affairs. He served as president of the Payson Chamber of Commerce for two years, was a founding member of the Payson Economic Development Corporation, served on the Payson Personnel Board, the Transportation Committee, and more recently as a member of the board of directors of the Northern Gila County Sanitary District. He was a lifetime member of the American Legion and a member of the Payson Elks Lodge. Wanting a better understanding of his Parkinson’s disease, he started the local Parkinson’s Support Group a number of years ago.
A celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 15 at Mountain Bible Church, 302 E. Rancho Rd., Payson.
Donations may be made to Hospice Compassus, Rim Country Foundation, 511 S. Mud Springs Rd., Payson, AZ 85541; AZ-American Parkinson’s Disease Association, 2033 E. Speedway Blvd, #203, Tucson, AZ 85719; or the Humane Society of Central Arizona, P.O. Box 242, Payson, AZ 85547.