D. Gary Young
1949 - 2018
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July 11, 1949 ~ May 12, 2018
D. Gary Young, the undisputed leader of the essential oil movement and the founder of Young Living Essential Oils, passed away on May 12, 2018, in Salt Lake City, Utah, due to complications following a series of strokes. Young spent 35 years studying the benefits and perfecting the extraction of essential oils, while building a billion-dollar global business designed to share what he deemed "the gift" of essential oils with millions of people.
Described as a "modern pioneer," Young was part inventor and part historian. His pursuit of new wellness discoveries was rooted in ancient practices as he attempted to unlock and share the benefits bestowed by herbs, plants, and trees. His research would take him to the remote corners of the earth, and often back in time, to better understand nature's powers that modern society may overlook.
Young was born July 11, 1949, in Idaho Falls, Idaho, and spent his childhood with his parents and five siblings in a 20 x 30-foot cabin without running water or electricity. Upon graduating from Challis High School, he struck out to follow his lifelong dream of building a ranch on the Canadian frontier. In 1967 he loaded his belongings into a truck and moved to British Columbia, and in 1968 he was granted 320 acres in the Caribou District, part of the last homestead act, where he began logging.
After five years of logging and ranching, Young suffered debilitating injuries in a serious logging accident and was confined to a wheelchair with no expectation of walking again, which caused him to endure years of pain and depression. Channeling the cowboy spirit of "not backing down," he began to explore different avenues to better health and well-being, which included the benefits of herbs and good nutrition.
It was on this path where Young's personal journey began, as he wanted to learn everything he could about natural healing and where he was introduced to essential oils. His determination to achieve physical and emotional well-being, combined with his lifelong love of nature, drove him to learn everything about essential oils-from how they were produced to their wellness benefits.
Young's first true introduction to essential oils came when he attended a medical conference in Geneva, Switzerland, where medical doctors were presenting their research on essential oils. He was enthralled with what he learned and returned to the U.S. with 13 different essential oils to begin his own research. He found the benefits to be astounding and came to the conclusion that this was a path he wanted to pursue.
Having grown up farming, it was natural for him to want to learn about growing the plants and producing the oils, which took him to France to study and learn the art of distillation under Mr. Henri Viaud, the French "father of distillation" in Provence, France, the lavender capital of the world, and Marcel Espieu, the president of the Lavender Growers Association in France for over 20 years.
In 1988 Young sold his research center in Baja California and moved to Reno, Nevada, where he began his essential oil business. A year later he moved his business to Spokane, Washington, and began building a marketing company to expand his teachings about essential oils and their benefits to as many people as possible. That was the origin of the present-day Young Living Essential Oils company.
A rancher at heart, he purchased his first farm of 160 acres in May 1992 in the mountains of St. Maries, Idaho. On this farm the first lavender, clary sage, thyme, and peppermint were planted and became a testing ground for new distillation practices.
In 1993, Young's company in Riverton, Utah, became Young Living Essential Oils; and in 1994 it was incorporated. He then bought another 160 acres in Mona, Utah, in 1995 and started farming in Utah.
Young began looking internationally to discover new plants that could be distilled and shared around the world. His path took a unique turn when he was invited to develop a natural medicine program and farming project for Asuay University in Cuenca, Ecuador. The climate in Cuenca has only a three-month growing season, making it not too conducive for farming; so Gary went exploring in Guayaquil, a very busy city on the coast. He found the climate and unidentified plants and trees an irresistible opportunity. Young Living became global when it expanded to Ecuador in 2006 with a 2,300-acre farm.
At the same time, he saw an opportunity to help the local children in the rural community of Chongon on the edge of the jungle and founded the Young Living Academy. The doors opened in March 2008; and to date, 340 students have attended, with 100 percent of the students from the first graduating class celebrating their commencement in March 2016.
In 2009 Young went to Yemen. After great persistence, he received a permit to go into the "Forbidden Zone" to visit Shabwa, the ancient throne of Queen Sheba; to see the remains of this ancient civilization; and to see and document the different frankincense and myrrh species still growing in the region. He summarized his experiences in a best-selling historical novel, The One Gift, which depicts life on the camel caravans. It was just one of a dozen books Young authored and published.
While visiting Oman and walking through a market with thousands of giant bags of frankincense resin piled in the streets, Young decided to build a distillery in Salalah, the center of frankincense history; and in January 2010, Young Living opened the first large commercial distillery for the extraction of Sacred Frankincense essential oil in modern times.
While fascinated with the teachings of ancient cultures, Young was also a modern thinker. In 2014 the Young Living Highland Flats distillery became the first automated, large-capacity, computerized steam distilling facility ever built in the world for essential oils.
Young Living's operations currently have a daily capacity of producing more than 500,000 bottles of oil.
The company has international offices in Canada, Australia, Singapore, Japan, Malaysia, the United Kingdom, Ecuador, Mexico, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Taiwan, and the United States. Young Living has more than 16 corporate and partner farms, over 3,000 employees, and well over 4 million members. Young Living Essential Oils will continue to grow and share Young's vision around the world.
Young's research led him to the far corners of the earth and unprecedented findings that improve health and wellness. But perhaps the most important role essential oils played in his life was bringing him together with his wife Mary of 25 years. They met at an expo in the Salt Palace in the center of Salt Lake City and married in 1994. The couple have two sons, Jacob and Josef.
Today, Mary continues to serve as CEO of Young Living Essential Oils, the company the couple founded together. Mary's experience as a networking distributor prior to Young Living and her business experience give her an unusual balance of understanding in this amazing essential oil company they built together. They were the perfect match, with Gary, the visionary, and Mary the realist. Mary will continue to carry Gary's vision forward with a unique understanding of her visionary husband and with an extraordinary executive staff who will carry Gary's torch forever.
The funeral will be held at 1 p.m. MT, on Friday, May 18, at the Whispering Springs Lavender Farm and Distillery, one of Gary's favorite spots in the world. The farm is located at 3700 Old Highway 91, Mona, UT 84645.
A viewing will be held at the farm before the funeral from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. MT.
Mary requests that any donations or gifts in Gary's honor be made to the D. Gary Young, Young Living Foundation to continue his life's work of serving the global community.

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Published in The Salt Lake Tribune on May 17, 2018.
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November 15, 2018
era único me hubiese gustado haber conocido antes su legado. pero lo estoy conociendo ahora y me fascina.
aurora españa
September 8, 2018
I remember purchasing my first bottle of Valor Oil in May 1998! That was a life changing event and guided me to the amazing world of essential oils. Thanks to Dr. Young for following his passion. ---Cynthia Fain
Cynthia Fain
June 8, 2018
Gary I love you and I thank you for you. I thank our Father for blessing us with you and all that you gave to us and provided for your legacy, a blessing from God, for the world.

I would like to thank Jackie Hope for her post on June 7.
Rev 22:1-2 Is so very fitting and I, as I'm sure many of us believe Gary's presence is with us in the trees and the plants, in the fruits and in the wind.

I love you MARY, Jacob and Josef. Everyday you are in my prayers.

In Hawaii and around the world Ho'oponopono is said. It is a strong blessing and healing.

MARY, JACOB, JOSEF, I love you, please forgive me, I'm sorry, thank you.

God thank You for blessing us all and blessing the world and all life.
Jonell Elder
June 8, 2018
In January and way below freezing in both Highland Flats and St Maries, ID, at the annual ID Balsam Fir harvest (the colder the better), Gary and his family would often take time from their grueling harvest schedule to share the vision and to bless people! Gary's heart couldn't resist returning to Spokane where it all began with his 1st handmade distillery and a backyard crop of Lavender.

My husband, some friends and I had the privilege of attending several of these growth opportunities where Gary would invite co-laborers from around the world to share their hands-on harvest experience. They'd share about logging, pulling the trees in with draft horses, running the chipper, driving the semi-loads to St Maries on icy snow-packed roads, packing the distillery, or preparing camp grub! Such a huge undertaking! So encouraging to hear their joy in it all! But everyone waited for Gary to take the stage! Gary, the tireless researcher, teacher and healing- through- essential- oils promoter. His unending overflow of genuine love, abundant knowledge, enthusiasm, and visionary encouragement for each individual to step into and fulfill their design and purpose was unmatched!

At one of these gatherings, I was seated in the second row off to one side, right behind Mary and young Josef, who was obviously growing very tired as the evening wore on. Gary was pulling closure; and nearly his entire audience began forming a line from the entryway, along the back length of the room, up one side and across the front to just beside the podium where Gary kindly greeted everyone, one by one, and answered their personal questions. Realizing this could go on a LONG time, young Josef, obviously discouraged and longing to head home to bed, said, Mom! We're all so tired! Mom?! Kindly, Mary drew him into her arms, directed his attention to Gary and said, Josef, that is... your father. And she helped Josef get comfortable lying down across the chairs to rest as the night wore on.

D. Gary Young most definitely fulfilled his design and purpose in this world! And I can't help wondering if God has put him in charge of the trees of life, the leaves of which are for the healing of the nations. Rev 22:1-2
With great love and respect for you, Gary, and your beautiful family Jackie Hope
June 7, 2018
May God Bless you Mary and your children in this time of unimaginable grief.
Deb Peterson
May 24, 2018
Dear Mary,
What a shock to hear of Gary's passing. He was a great, noble soul, and he made such a difference in the world. I'm glad I had the opportunity to know him. He was a force for good, and left a great legacy.

All my love to you and the boys.
Love, Lisa Brodie
May 24, 2018
I never met Gary in person, but my heart hurts just the same. My deepest condolences to family and friends.
Anjie Gonzalez
May 22, 2018
Thank you for striving to explore, learn, teach, create and share. I am helping my family and others discover Young Living purpose, wellness and abundance. Your passion to help the world by giving is the gift. I wish I met you to shake your hand. May God bless you and your family for years and years. Rest In Peace Gary Young. Young Living Independent Distributor Megan Dunn
Megan Dunn
May 21, 2018
Mary, Jacob and Josef, I am praying for you and all in Young Living. May the Lord comfort you deeply as you grieve an amazing man who has blessed so many. Kristi Hunt
Kristi Hunt
May 21, 2018
Mary, Jacob, Joseph, other family members and all the friends of Gary Young, you are in my prayers. May God keep you in His comforting arms as you move forward with your lives. My tribute to Gary is this: Thank you for not giving up! Not stopping when nay-sayers were relentless! Because of you, Gary Young, my family had two extra years with our Daddy! Because of you Gary Young, I recovered from a back injury without addiction to pain medication. Because of you Gary Young, so much more could be written but, not enough space here nor time to do so! I am forever grateful and promise to carry on the mission of Young Living essential oils in every home in the world! - Much ❤ Vicki Cain
Vicki Cain
May 20, 2018
I never had the opportunity to meet Gary in person but from everything I have heard from my up-line he was a true inspiration to everyone. I will continue to use and share these wonderful oils with everyone I can.

Prayers for Mary and the Boys as they go through this difficult time.
Dee Mientke
May 20, 2018
Gary holding his son Josef
Rachel Miller
May 20, 2018
YL Convention 2007 Jeff Kaplan & I
Rachel Miller
May 20, 2018
Rachel, Gary & Linda
Rachel Miller
May 20, 2018
Gary & Jeff Vance
Rachel Miller
May 20, 2018
Rachel Miller & Alice Napier
Rachel Miller
May 20, 2018
In shock & saddened by this, as many are. Thinking of Mary & the family. Gary was a true inspiration. I am grateful that I attended convention the last 2 years to personally hear him speak. Thoughts and prayers will continue. The service was beautiful. Thank you for streaming it.
Tonya Swanson
May 20, 2018
My sympathy to the family. May God grant you peace to cope with your loss Phillipppians 4:6,7.
May 20, 2018
My deepest sympathy to you Mary, Jacob & Joseph, your extended family, friends and the Young Living family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
I have been a member of the Young Living family for about 18 months and the impact that Gary and YL Essential Oils have had on myself and family is nothing short of amazing. I will forever be indebted to him and vow to continue to share his work with everyone. Whilst you are no longer with us Gary your legacy will continue forever and you will never be forgotten.
Michelle Tulley
May 20, 2018
I was & always will be inspired by his life, his purpose, motivation, direction & accomplishments. Everyone who knew him loved him & could feel his powerful energy when in his presence. He taught me all I know about natural medicine & plant oils. I am grateful to have known him, & I will miss him. Rest In Peace, Gary Young.
Rachel Miller
May 19, 2018
It's amazing how a person's life can be forever changed by someone they've never actually met. Because of his passion, his vision, and his perseverance, Gary has changed countless lives and we are forever grateful. Through the stories and memories shared by those who knew him, this week has been a true celebration if his life. His Legacy lives on in every member of the Young Living family. Sending love, (((Hugs))), and prayers. God Bless You.
Jenny Mehler
May 19, 2018
Allison Conley
May 19, 2018
Gary transformed our family with his oils. He will be missed! Prayers to the family.
Paula Neroni
May 19, 2018
After watching his funeral via live feed and hearing all the speakers share stories about Gary, I love and admire him even more. After hearing the stories about how Gary worked through great personal pain throughout the grueling Canadian winter in -20 degree weather to complete his new distillery for black spruce ASAP because his members wanted Valor back (50 begging emails to him a day) and he needed it for the blend, it touched me so. Now, whenever I open a bottle of YL essential oil, especially Northern Lights Black Spruce or Valor, I think of Gary and fill my heart with gratitude. Young Living has changed my life and the lives of my family and friends. Thank you Gary. Love and healing thoughts to his lovely family and friends. XO
Carol Amato
May 19, 2018
I am so sorry. My deepest sympathy and sincere condolences to you and your family. Gary's dreams will continue in ALL of his YLFamily. May you feel God's loving arms wrapped around you and give you peace and comfort. Jeryl Phillips (Executive)NH
May 19, 2018
Patricia Pincus
May 19, 2018
My deepest sympathy to the family, friends and the Young Living family. My thoughts and prayers are with you Mary, Jacob & Josef.
Guylaine Thibault
May 19, 2018
My condolences to the Young family. May the Lord grant you peace and comfort you as you all grieve the loss of this amazing man. We have been blessed by the essential oils that Gary has brought to the world. He will be remembered forever. His legacy lives on in all of us who are apart of the global Young Living family. May he rest in peace. God bless.
Isabel Kwan
May 18, 2018
Our family is forever greatful for getting to hear Gary teach. We attended 12 conventions and one melissa harvest. We were truly blessed. Words cannot convey the magnitude of sadness. We weren't through learning! I could listen to him all day.
Praying for healing of your hearts. Blessings and love to your whole family!
Diane Dillingham
May 18, 2018
Thank you for your vision! May you dance on streets of gold and smell the sweetest of scents. I was sad I wasn't able to meet you but one day I will and it will be in a glorious place. We will continue to share your vision Bryan, Francy, Jacob and Annabelle Turnbow
Francy Turnbow
May 18, 2018
Dear Mary, Jacob, and Josef, I want to thank each of you for graciously sharing Gary with us and millions others around the world. It is because of Gary and Young Living that I am enjoying quality of life, that I never knew before and therefore I am very thankful! Also, after seeing and hearing each of you excell today on Gary's globally broadcasted funeral service, I rest assured that YL is in excellemt hands. Please know that you all will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers, and may God' wrap you in His arms of love, peace, comfort and continued blessings!
Ronda Hoekstra
May 18, 2018
What an amazing man. He will be missed but never forgotten. So many lives changed thanks to him. Blessed. My condolences to Mary, Jacob and Josef. I feel honored to have heard Gary Young speak at convention last year. What an inspiration!!
Betty Croxall
May 18, 2018
Gary you will never know how your gift of oils has changed my life and health! Thank you dear servant of God. Mary, I'm praying with all my heart for you and the family!
Melinda Means
May 18, 2018
Mary, Jacob, and Josef - I cannot express how sorry I am for your loss. I send blessings of love and light to you for healing during this time of grief. Blessed Be. Jodie Young
Jodie Young
May 18, 2018
We will continue his legacy forever.
Carla, Steven and Jenny Miller
May 18, 2018
I thank God everyday for D.Gary Young and the wonderful products and oils. They have given me my life back. I will do my best to continue to share his vision and help others find wellness, purpose and abundance.
Jo Ann Hopkins
May 18, 2018
I envelope Garys family and close friends in a stream of loving energies as we release him to go to the light! My life and the lives of countless others across the globe have been uplifted and blessed by his extraordinary vision and generous being. He brought us pure and vibrant essential oils and so many vibrant and brilliant blends created by him. He was a master aromatherapist and so much more!

We pray for all now entrusted to carry his legacy forward especially his wife Mary and their two sons Jacob and Josef and all the very talented and committed YL executive team and wider YL family.
Susan Betancourt
May 18, 2018
Thank you. I'm humbled to be even just the very smallest teenie-tiny part of the legacy. Prayers for comfort for closest loved ones and all touched by Gary Young. May the hope that is Jesus sustain you and give you peace.
May 18, 2018
My condolences and prayers go out to the family of D. Gary Young and also to the entire Young Living family.

Heaven has received you Mighty Man of God, and Mighty Man of Valor!

Teresa Amos
May 18, 2018
Don and I offer our sincere condolences and prayers to you, Mary and family. Thank you, Gary, for changing our lives. God bless you! ...we will "oil on"!
Grace Wiggins
May 18, 2018
Words cannot express the sadness in my heart over the passing of Gary. I am ever so grateful that I was able to see Gary at the conventions and listen to his unending wisdom and knowledge. He has made a lasting impression on my life and health. May God keep him in His arms. Prayers to Mary, Jacob and Josef. May his strength be a source of comfort to you all.

Karolyn Stickney
Karolyn Stickney
May 18, 2018
Mary, Rick and I are truly sorry for you and the boys loss. Rick learned a lot from Gary during his time at the ranch. We send our love!

Rick & Stacie Olson
May 18, 2018
It totally amazes me how the events in your life happened and how your intuition led you to the most perfect and true gift, essential oils. My family and I will forever be grateful for all that you discovered. Thank you for your Perseverance, steadfastness and believing in these amazing gifts God showed to you. You have opened our eyes given us a vision, and we are set to keep it.
Cheryl Griffin
May 18, 2018
AG, WS, LT 2018
My pastor told me that the definition of love is to ease someone else's burden in this tough life we all have to walk through. Gary has certainly loved many, even those he hasn't met because he has eased so many burdens. He has saved lives, helped the sick and for many of us in Young Living, provided a way for us to make a great living, easing the financial burden of life. He has touched so, so many lives. Well done Gary! Good and faithful servant! Can't wait to see you on the other side!
Wendy Selvig
May 18, 2018
I am so very sorry for your loss and very appreciative of your families dedication in all you've done. I wish you great peace and love. Bless you, may he R.I.P. x0
Sandra McKenzie
May 18, 2018
I'm so very sorry for your loss. The world has lost a great man with Gary's passing. May he rest in peace and his legacy live on.
Tammy Kreis
May 18, 2018
Thank you for sharing your life with us throughout the world. Your vision and passion will be missed.
Mary N
May 18, 2018
Mary, although I have never met you or Gary, I have felt part of your family because of the incredible way Young Living makes all of us feel as we grow with you. My biggest regret is that I will never get to shake Gary's hand. I can only imagine how hard this is for you and your children and I hope that all your wonderful memories will sustain you through this. God Bless you all.
Donna Gramkowski
May 18, 2018
So sad. What a tremendous loss. My condolences to all his family
Jeannie Conklin
May 18, 2018
Meeting Gary and Mary has been one of the highlights of my career with Young Living. He was an extraordinary man & will be greatly missed.
Tanya Leontiev Duarte
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