Friday, May 15, 2015

Grandpa's Obituary

Charles Read Young, Sr

Aug. 20, 1925 - May 6, 2015

Charles Read Young Sr. 89, passed from this life surrounded by his family, Wednesday, May 6, 2015 in Boise, Idaho.
Dad was born in Nampa, Idaho on August 20, 1925 to John and LaVerda (Read) Young. 
He was the fourth of five children. 
Nampa would be Dad's home all of his life, although his childhood was spent traveling with his family from job to job as his dad worked as a superintendent for Morrison Kundsen. These adventures would take them to different parts of Idaho, California, Yellowstone, and Oregon (just to name a few). 
In the summer of 1943, a construction job for the Railroad took Dad and his father to the small town of Caliente, Nevada. While there Dad met a cute little girl working in a cafe'. Two weeks later he and Katherine Thomas were married.
Their marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake LDS Temple in 1948. Shortly after their marriage Dad served in the US Navy as a cook (but he also passed the ammunition) during WWII. 

After a very long 2 1/2 years, Dad returned home to Nampa where he and mom started their family
and built the home they would share all of their lives. (Grandpa loved Cadillacs)
Dad was a very hard worker all of his life. He worked for J.O. Young and Sons and later he started his own company, Read Young and Sons, and began digging basements under existing homes. This gave him the opportunity to provide for his children and teach his boys to work (my dad took the business over years later and is one of the hardest workers I know).
Dad was a stranger to no one. He would talk to everyone he saw. He loved to serve others and taught all of his children to do the same. Dad loved to cook his family breakfast, especially pancakes. He was always the last one to eat making sure all of us were taken care of first.
He was always whistling or singing a song (or telling a joke). Dad was not a sitter and even as his body began to fail he pushed to the very end to keep moving with the help of his scooter, much to our dismay (which he would take to Wal-Mart and McDonlads). Dad loved his Pepsi and he passed that love on to all of us!! (But not me, I like coke zero).
Dad was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served in many callings over the years. He was a devoted home teacher and loved serving with mom in the Boise Temple.   
He was preceded in death by his wife Kaye, of 68 years; his father and mother; sister LuRene, and brother Dale. 
He leaves behind his brother J.O. (Pearl) Young of Nampa; sister Carol Garrison Brown of Yukon, Ok; his 10 children: Scott (Carol) of Nampa, Leslie  (Gordon) Gaisford of Phoenix, AZ, Read Jr. (Dorothy) of Nampa, Tony (Linda) of Nampa, Douglas (Candice) of Twin Falls, Charla (Dan) Hughes of Nampa, Rebecca (Doug) Emery of Homedale, Sherri (Stuart) Vickers of Nampa, Chris (Cindy) of Nampa and Karra (Michael) Ramirez of Nampa.

He also leaves his greatest possessions, those being his 50 grandchildren
and 98 great-grandchildren, with 4 more expected this year.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 12 at the LDS Chapel, 504 11th Avenue North in Nampa.
A viewing will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, May 11, at Zeyer Funeral Chapel, 83 N Midland Blvd in Nampa and at the church from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Tuesday, prior to the services.
We are so grateful to be the result of two people falling in love, and thankful to know they have once again been reunited together forever.
 Dad never told us goodbye without telling us "Love Ya, Love Ya! "  Dad we Love Ya, Love Ya!
Thank you to my cousin Katie who wrote this beautiful life sketch.  It was so well done and captured all of the important points of grandpas 89 year's.


  1. Thank you Terah! I love how you added all of the pictures. We are so blessed with the Grandparents we have.

    1. Thank you for your beautiful writing. We are so blessed indeed! I'm excited for July when I'm home and we can spend more relaxing time together as a family.

  2. Terah thank you for adding those pictures that made it perfect!! Katie, thank you for your beautiful life story of DAD It couldn't have been done any better!! How blessed we are to be in this family!!!