Michael Allen Young, our dearly beloved Dad, Grandpa, Brother, and Friend, passed away unexpectedly, but peacefully, Friday evening, October 14, 2016, in Salt Lake City, due to complications of pneumonia.
Michael was born in Salt Lake City on September 19, 1948 to loving parents, Joseph E. and Mary Irene Rice Young. He married Roberta Jean Ciesla on September 23, 1968 in Granger, Utah. They later divorced in 1980, but remained close friends.
Mike was very proud to have served in the United States Navy from December 1965 to September 1966. He was very proud to have achieved his accounting degree from the College of Eastern Utah in Price, Utah. He was a whiz with numbers.
He worked for UTA as a bus driver in the early 70's, then drove cab for a number of years before being forced to take a medical retirement. He enjoyed watching TV, especially Game Show Network and TV Land. He was a Game Show and TV Western junkie. A big reader of western novels, especially Louis L'Amour books, and the history of the Young Family.
A lover of puzzle books, he had quite the collection of them He also loved collecting vintage die-cast collectible cars.A large collection he proudly showed off in his apartment. He loved all sports, especially College Football. He loved his U of U Utes!!! GO UTES!!
Surviving Mike is his daughter, Kathy (Walter) Finley of Midvale, Utah; son, Robert Young Sr. of Texarkana, Texas; brother, Joseph Young of Buhl, Idaho; and brother-in-law, Richard Potter of Woods Cross, Utah; five grandchildren: Amanda (James) Davenport, Michael (Brittini) Finley, Kady (Ryan) Doyle, Robert Young Jr., and Ravyn Young; great-grandchildren, McKenzie Doyle and Rhiannon Finley; and many nieces and nephews.
Mike was preceded in death by his parents and sisters, Jolene Potter and Geneva (David) Culbertson.
Special Thank You to the staff at Pacifica Senior Living, Mikes home for the last 3 1/2 years, and the VA Hospital for all their patience, love, and concern every time he was admitted.
A Memorial service will be held at the Utah Veterans Memorial Park on Friday, October 21, 2016, at 2:00 P.M.. Interment will be in Utah Veterans Memorial Park Cemetery.