Mark Jeffrey Young M.D.
1949 - 2020
Mark Jeffrey Young, M.D.
Stockton - MAY, 1949 - SEPTEMBER, 2020
Mark Jeffrey Young, M.D., was born in San Francisco, California, in May of 1949, to Naomi Belew and Arthur John Young. Mark passed away peacefully in Stockton, California, on September 15, 2020, after over a two-month battle with COVID-19. Mark had been admitted to a Stockton hospital in late June of the same year with a severely broken leg. He contracted COVID-19 while hospitalized, never returning to his Stockton home.
Mark attended kindergarten through second grade at San Francisco's Miraloma Elementary School. In 1958 Mark moved with his family to San Luis Obispo when his father was hired by California State Polytechnic College (now California Polytechnic State University/Cal Poly) as the campus' Chief Engineer. In San Luis Obispo, Mark first attended Pacheco Elementary School (third - sixth grades) before taking classes at San Luis Obispo Junior High.
After eighth grade (1963), Mark spent the summer with his grandmother in Stockton and took some elective classes in summer school where he thrived academically and socially. He wanted to stay with his cohort of new friends to attend Stockton's Amos Alonzo Stagg High School and did so through graduation in 1967. In high school he was active in debate, the classical league, theater and student government, serving as class president his junior year. He was also a National Merit Scholar.
Mark stayed in Stockton to attend college at the University of the Pacific's Raymond College, from which he graduated in 1971 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Arts, Mark decided he wanted to become a doctor. Before he could enter medical school, Mark needed many more collegiate science classes, so he moved back to San Luis Obispo into his parents' on-campus house at Cal Poly where he began a pre-med curriculum at the university at the beginning of 1973.
In 1977 Mark began his medical studies in a University of California program that sought students with diverse academic backgrounds. His first two years in the program he attended classes at the Berkeley campus where he earned a Master of Science Degree in Public Health. This was followed by two years at UC San Francisco where he earned his Doctor of Medicine Degree in 1979.
Mark did residencies in Southern California in both internal medicine and psychiatry, before moving back to Stockton to practice psychiatry; first for the County of San Joaquin and later for the State of California where he was a California Department of Corrections staff psychiatrist for the Deuel Vocational Institution near Tracy. He retired from there in 2013."
Mark had a love for the theater and magic. Mark was introduced to magic at a very young age and by high school, he was performing in magic shows and being paid for it. Magic became a lifelong passion for Mark as he evolved into an accomplished magician, even mastering the art of making a human float in the air. Mark performed as a magician for events as small as a child's birthday party, to events large enough for a theater. He often performed at UOP and Cal Poly for sororities, fraternities and even classrooms while a student at those two schools. As Mark's medical education and career evolved, his appearances declined, but his love for magic never waned. Whenever Mark attended a party, he soon became the center of attention, showing off his sleight-of-hand tricks to amazed party-goers.
Mark is predeceased by his parents. He is survived by his sister Claudia Devaux Larson (Ronald Larson), brother Lance Young, nephew Dr. Christian Devaux (Josefina), grandnephew Marc Devaux and grandniece Ana Devaux.
Due to COVID, services for Mark were delayed until July 13, the birthdate of his maternal grandmother. Private services will be held in Stockton where his remains will be interred with those of his maternal grandparents, Byron and Ona Belew, in Stockton Rural Cemetery. In memory of Mark, donations may be made to Canvasback Missions in Benicia or to UCSF Medical Alumni Association Endowed Scholarship.
Published by The Record from Jul. 9 to Jul. 11, 2021.
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I met Mark through UOP, many years ago. I remember vividly his love of and skill with magic! When he left Stockton, he left a number of people behind who were rooting for him to make a go of it in the medical profession. I'm glad he did - and so sorry he is no longer in this world. Blessings to all who loved and miss him.
Shane Keven Reinhart (she/her)
August 31, 2021
Our thoughts and condolences to Claudia and Lance on the loss of their brother, Mark. JoAnne and I were reminiscing this week about growing up as neighbors on the Cal Poly campus in those three little staff houses. Because of their jobs, our fathers were on 24-hour call to keep the college safe and functioning. We were the neighborhood kids, playmates, the seven of us, growing up isolated, on a college campus during the often tremulous 1960s. Lots of memories! Keep the great memories alive, Barbara
Barbara, Kathy, and JoAnne (Cockriel)
August 1, 2021
Very sad to hear of Mark's passing. Though he didn't graduate from SLOHS, many of us knew him from grammar school days and later when he would join us at SLO Class of '67 reunions. He will be remembered and missed. Rest peacefully Mark.
Claire Vollmer
July 14, 2021
Claudia and family, what a wonderful tribute to your brother. My sincere condolences.
Mary York
July 8, 2021
I´ll always remember Mark as the charismatic older brother of Lance. "Young Ideas," was a special shop in Cayucos that his parents owned. It drew many a local teenager in for psychedelic posters, cards clothes music and other legit paraphernalia;). It was always fun hanging out. Wished I had the opportunity to see him again after his successful educational accomplishments. I am sure he was able to help many who struggled and know that he must have had a fulfilling life. Sending aloha and condolences to Lance as well as Claudia and the entire family! A hui hou e Mark! (Until we meet again!)
Genie Curti-Ruddle
July 8, 2021
Big brother, you are deeply missed!
Lance Young
July 8, 2021
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