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Douglas Glenn Young
Doug graduated from Auburn High School in 1961 and attended Olympic Junior College in Bremerton. He enrolled in a naval aviation program, had his flight training at Pensacola and received his wings in Corpus Christi in 1965. Doug flew numerous aircraft, including the C-130, to Vietnam and a variety of destinations in the Pacific, as a navigator and navigation instructor. In 1968-69 he was a bombardier/navigator on the A-3 Skywarrior based on the aircraft carrier USS Hancock in the Gulf of Tonkin. His second cruise was on the USS Kitty Hawk in 1973-74 to the Indian Ocean where he was a B/N on the EA-6B Prowler. Doug was instrumental in establishing and building VAQ-136, one of the early electronic counter-measure squadrons at NAS Whidbey Island; he designed the squadron logo and was a "plank owner" of VAQ-136. He left the Navy in 1975 as a full lieutenant.
That same year Doug and his first wife, Donna, and their children Debbie and Derek, moved from Whidbey to Fairbanks. Back in Alaska Doug worked as a flight instructor at Phillips Field for 3 years as he worked to complete his civilian airplane ratings, including commercial pilot and airline transport pilot. He flew for several different companies before going to work for Frontier Flying Service, flying a variety of single and twin engine aircraft transporting passengers and freight to bush villages in Alaska's interior. Doug eventually became Chief Pilot for Frontier. During those years he flew in an air race from Fairbanks to McGrath in the company owned Douglas DC-3. The "race" commemorated Eielson's first air mail flight in 1924. In 1986 he flew the DC-3 to Vancouver, BC and participated in a flyover of the Expo '86 fairgrounds by more than 30 vintage DC-3s, celebrating the aircraft's 50 years. That sturdy old workhorse of an airplane was his "favorite lady".
In 1987 Doug married Sharon Taussig at the Taussig Ranch in Kremmling, CO. The two had met in 1981 while Sharon was working for the FAA at Bettles, AK. In 1989 Doug and Sharon relocated, with daughter Bethany, back to Kremmling. Doug worked at odd jobs on the Taussig Ranch, Grand River Ranch and at Middle Park Meat Co. for several years. He flew a PB4Y-2 fire retardant tanker the summer of 1989 out of Grand Junction, CO, and went back to Fairbanks for 3 summers (1993-95) to fly freight again in Frontier's DC-3. From 1996 to 2006, Doug co-owned and managed Alpine Wings, the FBO at the Kremmling Airport, offering flight instruction in a Cessna 172, as well as aircraft fueling and maintenance.
Doug became the happy owner of an experimental airplane, a Van's RV-4 in 2001. Until late 2011 he loved flying his sporty RV-4, polishing his aerobatic skills and joining other RV owners in the area to practice formation flying. The group of four flew over community parades for several years in Kremmling and Granby, thrilling spectators. He joined the local chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association and participated in the Young Eagle's program, introducing young people to the joy of flight. After his flying days were over, he returned to his old hobby of building aircraft models. Woodworking was another hobby that he enjoyed throughout his life and in which he became quite skilled. Doug had a keen mind, a dry sense of humor and a sharp wit, all of which he retained until the end of his life.
Doug was preceded in death by his parents Robert and Virginia Young and many aunts and uncles. He is survived by his wife Sharon, children Debbie (Gary) Currence, Derek (Denise)Young, Bethany (Tom) Heeney; seven granddaughters - Tabitha, Courtney, Taylor, Madison, Shyanne, Devan, and Natalie; and two great-grandsons - Percy and Tiberius.
Cremation has taken place and a private family memorial will be held at a later date. The family suggests donations in Doug's name to: NW CO VNA (Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association Hospice Care), 940 Central Park Drive, Suite 101, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487, noting "in memory of Doug Young".
What a great guy for our nation and our community. His contributions to our aviation community with his technical skill and enthusiasm for flying are gifts which will keep on giving to many.
Penny & Bill Hamilton Mar 25 2016 12:00 AM
Doug was such a great influence on our family during his time at Alpine Wings. We have a lot to be grateful to him for. God bless you, Sharon, Bethany, and the other family members I didn't know.
Cindy Kassales Mar 23 2016 12:00 AM
Lost an old friend last week. Knew Doug since 1966 when we were squadron mates in VR-22. Later we were assigned flying A-3s in VAW-13/VAQ-130 followed by flying the EA-6B in Prowler Squadrons. Doug and I went our separate ways in 1975 when he left the Navy to have an exciting career as a Bush Pilot in Alaska. We re-connected again in 1983 and met at a bar in Anchorage for a fun night trading Sea Stories (outrageous lies to our civilian friends) ! Thanks to Commander Bob Harrison and my son, I located Doug living in Kremmling, CO. I flew my Piper Arrow up to Kremmling last summer (2015) and spent a wonderful night with him again and met his wonderful wife, Sharon. Will miss Doug a lot!
Captain Dee Echlin USN (Ret.) Mar 23 2016 12:00 AM
Debbie, having just lost both my parents in just a few months, I know the grief you and your family must be suffering. Hugs and prayers to you and your family at this very sad time.
Beth Patterson Mar 22 2016 12:00 AM