Patrick J. Young, 76, died July 22, 2013, due to complications from brain cancer. He was preceded in death by his parents, Bessie Agnew Young and John Patrick Young; by his Aunt Mae and Uncle Hamlin Heck; aunt Edith and uncle George Agnew; and cousin Edith White. He is survived by his wife, Ann, and their four children, John and wife Esther and granddaughter Ruth of Bainbridge Island, Wash., James and wife Michelle and grandchildren Mikayla and Ethan of Tallahassee, Fla., Jerry and wife Darci and grandson Alex of Portland, Ore., and daughter Maggie of Portland.
Pat was born Dec. 22, 1936, in Globe, Ariz. He grew up near San Diego, Calif., graduating from Helix High School in La Mesa, Calif., and then earned a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Colorado Boulder. Pat worked in Colorado and Wyoming before moving to Portland in 1962 where he met Ann Smith. They were married in Yakima in 1964.
In 1968, Pat was offered a job in the research department for Potlatch, and the family moved to Lewiston. He worked for Potlatch the next 24 years, pioneering with his colleagues the use of computers for machine control in the plywood plant and sawmill. In 1992, he was given early retirement and then hired by Technic Tool, where he was named as an inventor on the patent for the power pruner. His family always knew he could build or fix anything. While at UC Boulder, he joined the Hiking Club, making good friends, taking great hikes and learning the never-to-be-forgotten alternative lyrics to many familiar songs that so amused his friends and family whenever he sang them. He loved to travel, and at different times owned sports cars, sailboats and recreational vehicles, always enjoying the trip as much as the destination. In recent years, his passion for hiking and the outdoors led to daily walks with his dog, Dolly, who will miss him terribly.
Pat was truly supportive and encouraging of his family's many different community activities. With patience, he instilled in his children a sense of integrity and honesty and a belief they could achieve success.
He has been cremated, and a service will be held in the fall. The family suggests memorials be made to the Salvation Army.