John Young

  • "John was a great mentor and freind. He was always..."
    - David Bohlman
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    - Mary Cooke
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    - Marsha Skogley

John Young went home to be with the Lord on November 2, 2008, in Seattle after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born in the Portuguese colony Macau on July 17, 1947, to Kuen Hui and Ming Young. After immigrating to the United States in the late 1960s to pursue a college degree, John met his wife, Pauline, in Seattle; they were married in 1974.

John received his undergraduate education at Multnomah College in Portland, OR, and the University of Washington. He became a career military officer in the U.S. Army, progressing from 1st Lieutenant to the rank of Major, acquiring Special Forces training, and subsequently a Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH) degree from the UW in 1980. As a certified industrial hygienist, he worked to advance human health and safety, traveling all over the world with his family for the Army, from rural Guam to laboratories in Fort Detrick, MD. Following his honorable discharge from the Army after 20 years of service in 1992, John joined Battelle in Richland, where he continued his work in occupational and environmental health and safety until his illness.

An energetic, thoughtful, and generous man, John enjoyed spending time and traveling with his family, dancing with Pauline, was an avid runner, and read widely. He was artistically gifted, and enjoyed painting Chinese calligraphy. He loved music, movies, and experiencing new cultures. First exposed to the Catholic church as a boy, John again pursued his faith at Christ the King Church in Richland, and came to trust in the redemptive power of the Cross.

John had an infectious smile, insurmountable joy in life, and mischievous sense of humor. He was a wonderfully devoted and loving husband, father, son, brother, uncle, mentor, and friend, and will be missed deeply. Memories of him will be forever in our hearts.

John was preceded in death by his father, Ming Young, and father-in-law, Ping Lam Chow. He is survived by his wife, Pauline; daughter Jennifer (Brandt) Mohr, Seattle, WA; mother Kuen Hui Young; sister Mary Young, San Francisco, CA; brother Dennis (Nancy) Young, San Jose, CA; nieces and nephews, Ellen (Jonathan) Lew, Brian Young, and Stacy (Caylin) Edwards. He is also survived by loving in-laws Shui Shan Chow, Caroline (Jerry) Werzinsky, Toni (Michael) Tibbits, Kevin Chow, and Gloria Chow, and numerous extended family and friends.

Viewings will be held Friday, November 7, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday, November 8, from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 8, 2008, at Sunset Hills Memorial Park in Bellevue (1215 145th Place SE, Bellevue, WA 98007). A graveside service with Military Honors will follow at 2:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Catholic Family and Child Service and St. Vincent de Paul Society of Tri-Cities, both in the care of Christ the King Catholic Church (1111 Stevens Drive, Richland, WA 99354). You may send condolences to John's family at

Published in Tri-City Herald from Nov. 6 to Nov. 8, 2008