Dr. Clark Young, a truly sweet and gentle man, died at St. Joseph Villa in Salt Lake City on September 20, 1998, of causes incident to age. He was 103 years old.
Born July 10, 1895, in Salt Lake City to Richard W. and Minerva Richards Young. Married Mary Aileen Cannon in 1925 in the Salt Lake Temple; she died in 1934. Married Mona P. Chatterton in 1942; she died in 1985.Survived by two sons by Mary Aileen, Stanford Young of Clyde Hill, Washington; John Cannon Young of Salt Lake City; two step-daughters by Mona, Peggy Chatterton Thomas, wife of E. Parry Thomas of Las Vegas, Nevada and Sun Valley, Idaho; Jacqueline Chatterton Van Woerkom, wife of Marvin Van Woerkom, of Walnut Creek, California; 16 grandchildren and 33 great-grandchildren.
Dr. Young graduated from the University of Utah in 1917, where he was on the student council, president of the Junior class, and selected for Beehive Honor Society. He graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1921 and served a surgery internship at Massachusetts General Hospital. He practiced medicine in Bingham Canyon, working with Dr. Paul Richards from 1923-25, and thereafter practiced in Salt Lake City. He was a member of the Salt Lake County and Utah State medical societies, served on the staff of the Holy Cross Hospital, and was a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He was the oldest living graduate of Harvard Medical School.
His medical practice was interrupted during World War II, when he served in the Army as Utah State Medical Director of Selective Service, and again during the Korean Conflict when he was Deputy Medical Chief for the Selective Service in Washington, DC on the staff of General Lewis B. Hershey. He attained the rank of Colonel. He also served in the Army during World War I.
He was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving in various teaching positions and as a leader in the High Priests Quorum.
Dr. Young was awarded a "Merit of Honor" by the University of Utah, served as Chairman of the U of U Friends of Libraries, and was a long time member of the University Club and Salt Lake Country Club. He was a world traveler, having visited every continent. Appreciation of nature brought him a lifetime of pleasure, with youthful summers in Brighton and, since the 1930's, owning a cabin on the upper Provo River. He was a benefactor of the Utah Symphony, Ballet West and numerous environmental and charitable causes. He was also an avid writer. At the age of 97, he published his first novel, a romantic tale of a young doctor.
Services will be held in the Mountain View Ward Chapel, 1400 So. 1900 East on Friday, September 25th at 11:30 a.m. Friends may visit at the Chapel one hour before the service.
In lieu of flowers, donations to a favorite charity would be appreciated.
The family extends thanks to the staff at St. Joseph Villa for their kind and thoughtful care.
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