Dick Young – 1932-2017


Dick Young

Richard Carroll Young died in Roseville on Aug. 6, 2017, with his family by his side. He was 85.

He was born in Sacramento on Feb. 8, 1932, to Jacob C. and Anne C. (Petersen) Young.

Dick married Joan Bosworth in 1954 in Reno.

His college education was interrupted for two years while serving in the Army at Fort Belvoir, Va. When he received his degree from the University of Nevada in Reno he and Joan were raising three children.

He followed in his dad’s footsteps as a civil engineer.

Moving to Yuba City, Dick worked 38 years for Division of Highways/Caltrans in Marysville.
He is remembered by Don Lane of the U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit for his collaboration and Caltrans grant preparation for the Pope/Baldwin recreation/bike trail to Spring Creek.

Dick was a full-time dad, supporting their son Pete’s football, Boy Scouting and hunting interests; their daughters Sherry and Christy’s Camp Fire Girls, school orchestras, band and high school musicals. The family camped, backpacked, skied, boated, and traveled extensively and enjoyed family reunions.

Dick taught boating safety with United States Power and Sail Squadrons. He was on the Yuba City Planning Commission, then City Council, then was mayor of Yuba City in 1969. 

With children grown, Dick and Joan moved to South Lake Tahoe and enjoyed 12 years in their beloved Sierra. They volunteered with Barton Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, Lake Tahoe Historical Society; Sheriff’s Team of Active Retirees (STAR-El Dorado County) and Oregon California (Emigrant) Trails Association. Dick served as president of most of the foregoing organizations. 

Life in the idyllic Tahoe setting suited him well, but with diminishing health they returned to the Sacramento Valley.

Dick is survived by his wife, Joan; daughters Sharon Wonder and Christy Estabrook; son Pete
Young and their spouses; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; cousins Norma Jean
Rogers and Christine Heal and their families.

A memorial will be Oct. 22 at 2pm at South Lake Tahoe Senior Center, 3050 Lake Tahoe Blvd., South Lake Tahoe.

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  1. Lisa Huard says - Posted: October 8, 2017

    Both Dick and Joan stole my heart years ago. Avid contributors to our community, they both were always a source of encouragement to me and programs for our youth. Year after year they helped to get volunteers for The Drug Store Project and Every 15 Minutes program. Dick understood the ‘Power of One’. To Joan and the family, my prayers are with you all. We were all so very lucky to have him in our lives. See you soon Dick-I’m eternally grateful.

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