Robert "Bob" C. Young January 15, 1916 - February 3, 2011 Robert Young, 95, was born on January 15, 1916, in Weedpatch, CA, to parents Lewis and Gertrude Young. He passed away peacefully at home on February 3, 2011, in Bakersfield, CA. He attended Kern County Union High School, Bakersfield College, and graduated with a degree in Economics from UCLA in 1937. Bob was an outstanding athlete, and was ultimately honored as one of the greatest athletes ever from Bakersfield. He competed in the 1600 meter relay in the 1936 Olympics, and ran the fastest leg at 46.9 seconds, thus helping the U.S. team win the silver medal. Later, he and the U.S. team went on to break the world record for the two mile relay in London on August 15, 1936. He was inducted into the Bob Elias Kern County Sports Hall of Fame on February 4, 1982. He was also inducted into the California Community Colleges Track and Field - Cross Country Hall of Fame in 1995. In 1939 he married his sweetheart, Alice Gyder. In 1955 they bought a farm and soon after began to grow grapes in Shandon. His vineyard was the first to plant irrigated grapes in the Paso Robles area. He was honored for his pioneering contributions to the future and success of Paso Robles' vineyards by the American Vintner's Association in 2009. Bob is survived by his wife, Alice; his two sons, Michael Young (Jeanne) of Bakersfield, and Gary Young (Linda) of Sequim, WA; 9 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren. Graveside services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 6, 2011, at Hillcrest Memorial Park, 9101 Kern Canyon Road. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice. www.bakersfield.com/obits
Published by Bakersfield Californian on Feb. 5, 2011.