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Barry L. Young


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Barry L. Young Obituary
June 13, 1949 - August 8, 2017 Barry L. Young passed away on August 8, 2017, surrounded by his family, after a brief illness. Barry entered the commercial production field in 1980, producing for companies including N. Lee Lacy & Associates and Petermann Decktor. In the mid-'80s, he served as an Assistant Director and became a DGA member. He joined Pytka as Executive Producer, producing for both Joe and John Pytka. He then became one of the first producers - if not the first - to cross over to directing. As a commercial director with Riverrun Films, Fahrenheit Films, Bedford Falls, and Trailhead Films, he directed national spots for numerous clients including Ford, Toyota, First Interstate Bank, AT&T, Merck, Marriott Hotels, Anheuser-Busch, and Pepsi; and PSAs for UNICEF, Drug-Free America Foundation, and Points of Light Foundation, among others. In addition, he directed the commercials in the feature film Crazy People. His awards included International Broadcasting Awards, Best Spot Promoting Environmental Awareness, U.N. Earth Summit, 1992; Cannes Lion Awards, Silver Lion for Commercial Film, Isuzu "Liar", 1988; Belding Awards (swept applicable awards categories), also for Isuzu "Liar." In the late '90s, he sustained a serious injury that ended his directing career. While courageously battling severe chronic pain, he turned to other media, creating a substantial oeuvre of photography and digital artwork, a screenplay, and a recently completed spy novel. His greatest joy was spending time with his family, particularly taking his sons on adventures in town or around the state. An avid backpacker, he helped lead his sons' Boy Scout troop on expeditions until he could no longer do so. He continued to enjoy road trips throughout California and the Southwest, often going off the beaten track to take photographs that he transformed into works of digital art. Barry was preceded in death by his father, Frank Young. Left with fond memories of his kindness, humor, vision, and devotion are his wife, Marilyn Tesauro Young; sons, Nicholas Young of Los Angeles and Michael Young of Seattle; mother, Elouise Young, and siblings, Michael Young and Robin (Bruce) Dosskey, all of Mountain View; extended family; and many friends.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Nov. 10 to Nov. 12, 2017
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