Robert Young Robert Scott "Bob" Young, a 21 year Olympia resident, died October 11, 2013 in Nanaimo, British Columbia as the result of an underwater diving accident. He was 60. Bob was born in Cleveland, Ohio to Robert C. and Donna (Miller) Young. He grew up in Sunnyvale, California and Fort Myers, Florida. He graduated high school in Fort Myers and is a graduate of the University of Florida and the Command and General Staff College. Bob was a career soldier, eventually retiring on 31 March, 1996 from Joint Base Lewis McChord at the rank of Major. Bob was drafted into the Army Infantry before attending ROTC and reentering as a commissioned officer. He attended rotary-winged flight school in 1980 and served as a Blackhawk and Cobra helicopter pilot. He also received certification and became a fixed-wing instructor pilot. Bob served many places during his career including; Fort Polk, Louisiana, Fort Rucker, Alabama, Fort Benning, Georgia and with the 17th Aviation Brigade in the Republic of Korea. He was presently employed with Engility Corporation at JBLM as a Simulation Program Analyst. Bob married Choon Hong Park, the love of his life and partner of over 32 years, in Fort Myers, Florida on June 13, 1981. She survives him at the family home in Olympia. Bob and Choon attended the First Baptist Church of Tacoma. He was a master diver, enjoyed riding his Harley and dirt bikes, flying small fixed-wing aircraft and remote control airplanes, hunting, skeet shooting, sport shooting reloading and boating. In addition to his wife, Choon, Bob is survived by his sister, Christy (Steve) Adams of Fayetteville, Arkansas; nieces Amy, Katie and Carrie; sister-in-law, Chung Hee (Yong Ik Jang) Chun Chon, Republic of Korea; nephew, Yun Seok Jang; and niece, Min Ji Jang. He is also survived by many special friends, including his dog, Ira. He was preceded in death by his parents. Bob was the love of Choon's life. He was her soul mate. He was fun loving, very caring, enjoyed life and was always helping others. He will be greatly missed. Visitation will be 5:00-8:00 pm Thursday, October 24, 2013 at Funeral Alternatives, 2830 Willamette Drive NE Suite G Lacey, WA 98513. Funeral Services will begin at 11:00 am on Friday, October 25, 2013 at the JBLM Main Post Chapel located in Building 2001 at the corner of Liggett Avenue and 9th Division Drive on Fort Lewis. Interment will follow at 1:15 pm at Tahoma National Cemetery, 18600 SE 240th Street Covington, WA 98042. Please visit and sign the online tribute to Bob at www.whitesidefamilymortuaries.com Arrangements are entrusted to Whiteside Family Mortuary in Elma.
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Published in The Olympian on Oct. 20, 2013