Arnold Max Young, age 78, passed away peacefully on August 4, 2020 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Arnold was born in Lewiston, Idaho on July 30, 1942, son of Carroll Randolph Young and Evangeline May (McHenry) Young. Growing up in Brier, Washington he built forts, hiked the Cascade Mountains with his Boy Scouts Troop, and camped with his parents. At an early age he developed a great work ethic with a variety jobs including sexton at Redeemer Episcopal Church, printing press operator, shipping clerk, soil tester, cost accountant and lab technician to name a few. He graduated with a BA in Business Administration from the University of Washington in 1965. He was a drummer in the UW marching band, where he met his future wife, Jean Ann Mothersbaugh; they were married in 1966. He earned a J.D. from the Gonzaga University School of Law in 1969 and began his law career as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for Snohomish County. He started his Private Practice in 1972 and served as a judge Pro-Tem, Arbitrator, Mediator and Jail Commissioner over the course of his career, retiring in 2012.
He had a love of music that carried throughout his life, playing multiple instruments and singing in the Trinity Episcopal Church Choir (Everett, WA) and A Chord singing group (Wallace, NC). One of his great pleasures was singing in the Messiah.
He was a proud father of three daughters and never missed a basketball game, swim meet or choir concert. He loved watching high school basketball and college sports, especially the Huskies and the Zags! Family vacations included road trips to destinations such as the Washington and Oregon Coast, Lake Tahoe, and the Southwest.
On a vacation to North Carolina to visit lifelong friends, he met their extraordinary neighbor, Joy. They fell in love and were married in March 2011. Together they travelled the long open road and had many adventures visiting their children around the US and going abroad.
Those who knew him would describe Arnie as a role model, someone with integrity, a true friend of many, a man of deep faith, a man of humor and one who takes responsibilities with the utmost seriousness, a man who is committed to his family, committed to those he loves and has experienced great success in part due to his humility, loyalty and respect of others.
Arnie was preceded in death by his wife Jean Ann (Mothersbaugh) Young and is survived by his wife, Joy (Lanier-Jones) Young of Pittsboro, NC; daughters Elizabeth Wylie, of Walla Walla, WA, Marianne Young, of Portland, OR, and Rebecca Young, of Seattle, WA; Step-children Lori and Kyle Sykes, of Raleigh NC, Kelly Jones, of Fort Collins, CO, and Jeffrey and Jamie Jones of Billings, MT. Grandchildren Jacob Wylie, Arianna Wylie, and Sienna Wylie of Walla Walla, WA; Step-grandchildren Charlotte and Claire Sykes of Raleigh, NC and Michael, Nicholas, Alex and Jonathan of Billings, MT.
A celebration of Arnie's life will take place summer of 2021. In lieu of flowers, you can make a donation to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, UNC Lineberger Research Center, or your local food bank.
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