YOUNG, Lawrence B. "Larry" (Age 87) Lawrence B. Young "Larry" of Oak Harbor, WA, was born August 11, 1925, to Benjamin Swan Young and Susanne Bottomley Young in New York City. He went Home to be with his Lord and Savior on April 13, 2013. His family moved from Garden City, Long Island, to Connecticut in 1938. Larry was educated in prep schools and studied at Yale University for several years, majoring in Geology but would later find his life's work in Journalism and Music Review. While serving in the U.S. Army during WWII, he was injured during a training exercise so never saw active duty. Larry learned later when working as a finance clerk mustering out troops that half of his regiment was killed in the Battle of The Bulge. After the war and his stint at Yale, Larry's first job as a Reporter was with the Wall Street Journal. When he got the yen to move from the big city to quieter locales out West, he did reporting for a Denver magazine and, then, in Rock Springs, Wyoming, for a couple months. For five years he was Wire Editor for the Idaho Free Press in Nampa, then to Albany, Oregon, as Managing Editor. Finally, for twenty-one years Larry was a Journalist for The Spokesman-Review in Spokane. He started a Business Tabloid and when that failed moved to Athol, Idaho, and found late in life that he loved working in construction which he did for several years. Larry was single twenty long years when he met the love of his life, Loretta, in April 2006, and they were married June 10 of the same year. Larry was a man of many talents, including snow skiing, gardeninbg, singing and travel. A special love of his was Thursday ballroom dancing with his wife at the Hillcrest Park Lodge in Mount Vernon. He wouldn't miss Sunday Church Services for any reason and loved the Men's Breakfast Group at their Whidbey Presbyterian Church. Before marrying Loretta, he had been very active at the Athol Baptist Church in Idaho and had many friends whom he greatly missed after moving to Oak Harbor. Larry volunteered at nursing homes in Coeur d'Alene for a number of years and also was a CPR instructor. Larry was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Thomas S. Young. He is survived by his wife, Loretta, step-daughters Toni Neely and Traci Garrett. He was also close to Loretta's children, Deanna Frederick and husband Tom, Woody Rose, and Joe Rose and wife Danice. Larry dearly loved his "adopted" granddaughters, Sarah Neely, Anna Frederick and Linnea Frederick. He was looking forward to seeing the California grandchildren and great-grandchildren at granddaughter Katie Rose's upcoming June wedding but God had other plans for him. A beautiful Memorial Service was held Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at 2:00 pm at Whidbey Presbyterian Church in Oak Harbor, WA, with inurnment at Tahoma National Cemetery to follow at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in his name may be made to either: The Voice of The Martyrs, P.O. Box 443, Bartlesville, OK 74005 or Prison Fellowship, 44180 Riverside Parkway, Lansdowne, VA 20176. Arrangements under the care of Wallin Funeral Home and Cremation in Oak Harbor, WA.
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Published in Spokesman-Review on Apr. 21, 2013