Alfred Laurence "Al" Young, formerly of Downey and Tustin, CA, died on August 29th, 2010, in Santa Ana, California, at the age of 80 as a result of complications from a fall and cerebral hematoma. Al was born in Lynwood, California on December 7th, 1929 to Herman Horatio Young and Katherine Frances O'Leary Young. He graduated from Lynwood High School in 1947.Al worked for Santa Fe Railroad as a brakeman. After many years he transitioned to work as a conductor, frequently on the Amtrak runs from Union Station in Los Angeles to San Diego or Barstow. He retired from the railroad in 1992 after serving for 41 years. Al met and married Elizabeth Faye Scott of Alamosa, CO in 1959, having met while square dancing. In earlier years, Al, Betty and the boys enjoyed camping with their tent trailer in the National Parks and traveling to visit relatives in Colorado, Minnesota and Georgia. In Al's later years, he enjoyed time with his retired railroad friends and also playing with his grandchildren. He loved to garden and was an avid handyman, able to fix just about anything. He also was extremely proud and caring for his family and selfless to the end. Al is survived by his wife of over 50 years, Betty, of Tustin; son Laurence Lee "Larry" Young and his wife, Deanna, of Aptos, California; son Walter Francis "Wally" Young, and his wife, Andrea, of Tustin, California; son Russell Alan Young, and his wife ,Maria, of Cudahy, California. He also is survived by a daughter Florence from a previous marriage as well as two sisters - LaVada Sisk-Boano, of Sun City, California and her husband Jim and Annette Wilcox and her husband Jim of Riverside, California; and brother Arthur Young, and his wife Darlene of Cocololla, Idaho. Five surviving grandchildren include Margaret "Maggie", Jose, Melissa, Joshua and Carly. A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, September 10th, 2010 at 10:00AM at Saddleback Chapel (220 East Main, Tustin,CA 92780). In lieu of flowers, the family has requested contributions be sent to Alzheimer's Foundation or your favorite charity.
********** Published: September 2, 2010 - Volume 9 - Issue 20