Donald "Buzz" A. Young, 75, of Fairbanks, passed away in Desert Hot Springs, Calif., after a long illness. He was born in Fairbanks on Nov. 24, 1936, and died April 11, 2012.
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Preceded in his death by his only daughter, Marcy Coman of Northway, rumor has it she was the president of the welcoming committee upon his dancing entrance.
He recently came to faith in the death and resurrection of Christ and made peace with the monarch of the universe.
On the snowpacked trail behind him, he left two sons, Michael Young of Fairbanks and Ken Young of Marion, N.C., and three sisters, Vally Burgner, Joan Mattilli and Tana Haliuch, and two brothers Ray Young and Pat Young. He has 15 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Preceding him in transition were his brothers, Tommy Young, Franky Young Jr. and sisters Mary Peterson and Francis Bergman, and parents, Frank and Dolly Young.
The winding trail, which he blazed, brought him all over the state riding on a bulldozer, opening roads and driving rollagon's across open ocean waves, across the icy leads on the Arctic Ocean.
He loved the smell of freshly turned soil from the blade of his Cat. He mined for 20 years near Granite Mountain east of Nome and was a retired member of Local 302 Operating Engineers.
His wishes are to scatter his ashes to the Alaska wind.
A memorial service will be held at the Elks Lodge after the Golden Days Parade, at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 21, 2012.
Published in Daily News-Miner on Apr. 22, 2012