Earl Crawford Young

Longtime La Plata County resident Earl Crawford Young died Monday, Oct. 8, 2012, at San Juan Regional Medical Center in Farmington. He was 92.

Mr. Young was born Aug. 29, 1920, in Hesperus, the son of Willis and May (Kimsey) Young. He grew up on the dryside of La Plata county.

Mr. Young enlisted in the Army Air Force and learned the aircraft mechanic trade. After leaving the military, he was in Durango and met his future wife, Betty Cherry. They were married Dec. 14, 1947, in Aztec and lived in Silverton, where Mr. Young worked at the mines.

The couple then moved to Arizona, and Mr. Young briefly worked at a dairy farm. He applied for civil service work in the Phoenix area and became employed as an aircraft mechanic for the military for almost 30 years.

When he retired, the Youngs bought land in the Ignacio area and lived there for 30 years. They then sold that property and moved to Cedar Hill, N.M.

Mr. Young was gifted in mechanics, his family said. He was a hardworking man and enjoyed his family time, especially during the holidays. He liked to watch bull riding and wrestling, and he enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Mr. Young was preceded in death by his daughters Sherry K. Young and Mary Ann Young.

He is survived by his wife, Betty Young, of Aztec; daughter Linda M. Lentz of Albuquerque; son, Dale A. Young, of Los Angeles; two grandsons, four great-grandchildren and other extended family members.

A funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012, at Hood Mortuary Chapel. Burial will take place at Greenmount Cemetery in Durango.

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