Karl E. Young, 87, died Tuesday, August 21, 1990 at his home in Provo, Utah.
He was born in Vernal, Utah, August 8, 1903 in a log cabin on Ashley Creek, a stream named for the famed mountain man. Karl and his elder sister were taken by their parents, Francis Marion Young and Anna Genevra Egbert Young, on a mission to Samoa, where Samoan became Karl's first language. He attended college in U.S.A.C., graduated with a B.A. degree in French, went to Harvard University for one year, then attended Oxford University, 1927-30, from which he received two degrees on a Rhodes Scholarship. He married Elma Bennion in 1930, in Oxford, England. He began teaching English and French at Brigham Young University later in the same year. He continued teaching at BYU until 1971, having directed Freshman English for twenty-five years and English as a Second Language for five years, as well as teaching courses in the English Renaissance.He was a High Priest in the LDS Church. Member of the Kiwanis Club and a member of the organization for promoting a trail along the Provo and Jordan Rivers.
His hobbies included attendance at American Indian ceremonies, where he learned something about traditional Indian dances. Later he led a troupe of Indian dancers to New York and Boston for exhibition of their tribal dances. He also loved gardens, inheriting this trait from his father. Karl and Elma built two homes and developed two loveley gardens.
He is survived by his wife, Provo, Utah; one daughter and one son, Mrs. R.J. (Mary Elizabeth) Snow, Orange, California; David Bennion Young, Riverton, Wyoming; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two sisters, Ardis McCarty, Salt Lake City; Gerda Roth, Long Beach, California.
Funeral Services will be held Saturday, August 25, 1990, 2 p.m. at the Berg Drawing Room Chapel of Provo. Friends may call at the Berg Mortuary of Provo, 185 East Center on Saturday, one hour prior to services. Interment Provo City Cemetery.
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