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Don E. Young

Don E. Young, 82, of Quitman, passed away Monday evening, October 12, 2020 at his home, surrounded by his wife, daughter and granddaughter.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Luster and Hazel Young and his brother, James Howell Young.

Left behind to cherish his memory is his wife of 30 years, Kathy Young of Quitman; daughter, Donna Gustafson and husband Robert of Spring, TX; two sons, Jon Young and wife Traci of Kansas, and Nathan Young and wife Christi of Seymore, TX; two step-sons, Gary Loney and wife Vicki of McKinney, TX, and Bryan Loney and wife Lisa of Boston, Massachusetts.  He also leaves behind nine grandchildren, two great grandchildren, several cousins, extended family members, and friends.

Don was born in Los Angeles, California on June 10, 1938 to Luster and Hazel (Austin) Young. He grew up in Harrison, Arkansas.  He served his country proudly in the United States Army.  Don later received two Bachelor’s degrees and a Master’s Degree.  He primarily worked in law enforcement and began his career in Wichita, Kansas.  He continued his career in various cities in Texas.  He also held positions as Chief of Police, City Manager and Private Detective. 

Don married Kathy Young in Dallas in 1990. They lived in various cities in East Texas.  At one time they raised and showed miniature horses while living in Winnsboro.  One of their miniature horses won Top 10 in the National Championship.  Don was a member of First Assembly of God in Quitman and belonged to various police organizations.  Don loved animals and had an amazing ability to connect with them when no one else could.  His granddaughter, Melanie, has also inherited this gift.  He has owned and raised a variety of animals from horses and cattle to an ostrich and a one-legged chicken which he  rescued from a hawk attack.  Each one of his animals were named and part of the family.  Don was also a family man and enjoyed time spent with them. 

The family will be holding a private service for Mr. Young at a later date. 

The family encourages everyone to take all precautions for COVID-19.  Don was diagnosed with COVID when he was taken to the ER on September 4th and passed away 5 weeks later after a long battle in the hospital away from his family.  Don suffered tremendously and his body was ravaged from the virus.  In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations to Reflections Hospice of Texas, LLC., 502 East Goode Street, Suite 2D, Quitman, TX  75783. 

The family would also like to thank UT Health North Campus, Tyler, ICU Covid Unit, for their compassion, care and love they provided Don during this difficult time. 

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Don will be very missed. He was a great person and I will always remember him. Blessings and prayers to dons family.

Cregg Nolen Oct 29 2020 12:00 AM

Strong Moral character, loyal, committed and respectful these are just a few characteristics that come to mind to describe you. I did not have the opportunity to know you all my life but I do feel like your presence will forever be here through these values you instilled in my husband. Nathan is a carbon copy of you, and I know you are proud. I can hear you laughing now and saying thats the Young curse! You served God first then your family. You went out of your way to give to others daily, and asked nothing in return. And I can see you up there in heaven now with a smile on your face, hand in the air twirling it in circles saying like you always did... come on Tootsie, time to go
(Well done faithful servant) you are missed. We love you.

Christi Young Oct 18 2020 12:00 AM

A lasting memory I have of my father as a small child was the time he took my siblings and I to a peach farm. While we picked our peaches it started to rain. We took shelter under a peach tree and passed the time eating some of the peaches we picked. I remember my father saying to us "Isn't this great? Eating peaches in the rain." We could have complained about the weather or being wet but my father gave us children a life lesson of finding the positive in any unpleasant situation. Thank you Father. You taught me to overcome adversity, to be tenacious, to be self-reliant and to take care of and support my family. I value these more than any material gift possible. You've earned your rest at our Lord's side. I will miss you.

Jon W. Young Oct 17 2020 12:00 AM

Many memories of my father, sitting on his lap as a child while he was letting me steer his truck down the oil road. Walking to the police station after school and Sargent put me in the cell, dad walked by and said "Son! What did you do now" Many great memories with dad. I am so grateful to be raised by a man that taught me christian and conservative values. You are dearly missed Dad.

Nathan Young Oct 17 2020 12:00 AM