LAPOINT - LaVern Young was born Nov. 25, 1926 in Delores, Colo., to Ray Warner and Elizabeth Clarissa Clark Young. LaVern was the first born and, two years later, Robert (Bob) was born, followed by Dean and then the only sister, Norma Rae.
LaVern was raised in the Blanding-Monticello area. He graduated from high school in Blanding the same year he met his bride to be. In 1949, he married Ruth Ada Norton and they settled outside Moab.
They had their first child, Larry, the next year. Mickey was born in a couple of years later. Their only daughter, Donna, was born in 1955 and their fourth child, Clark, was born May 1958. In 1958, LaVern took his family to the Manti LDS Temple and had his marriage solemnized and his family sealed to him. Shortly after Clark was born, they moved to Wellington, where they raised their children and LaVern worked for the BLM and completed his FBI training and multiple other trainings regarding law enforcement.
Throughout his life he enjoyed the outdoors, ranch work and thoroughbred horses. He enjoyed raising thoroughbred horses and running them on the track with his son, Clark, as their trainer.
LaVern had a wonderful sense of humor and loved the gospel, America, his family and children more than about anything.
He enjoyed work in unusual fields and did them well. LaVern was a wild horse and burro specialist and gathered them for adoption in the deserts of California.
After retiring from the BLM, he moved Ruth and their foster daughter, Juanita, to Idaho, where he helped Mickey with rodeo stock contracting. In 1989, LaVern and Ruth along with Donna opened Young's Wen Zhong health store in Jerome, Idaho. He was head of security for presidential candidate Bo Gritz while Bo was in southern Idaho campaigning in 1992.
In 1996, LaVern moved Ruth and his "sidekick," Morgan, to Price, where they continued to raise cows and horses as well as work as a ranch manager. LaVern enjoyed taking Morgan hunting, on endurance rides and raising 4-H calves.
In 2001, LaVern had never lost his cowboy spirit or his talents as, at 75 years of age, he roped a six-point bull elk while riding a half-broke thoroughbred horse. How did it end? Yes, with LaVern on top.
In 2002, LaVern, Ruth and Morgan moved to Deep Creek, where they could have their own peace and quiet ranch life. They enjoyed the church and the wholesome life that the Lapoint community offered.
Ruth passed away Jan. 17, 2004. LaVern was never the same after her passing and her absence left a major void in his world. He enjoyed his grandchildren and his horses and he loved being surrounded by family. He had opportunity the last couple of years to go hunting and spend time outdoors with Larry. LaVern was pleased to be the grandfather of 13 and great-grandfather of 23. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife and brother, Dean.
Funeral services will be Tuesday, May 19, at 11 a.m. at Lapoint LDS Church. A viewing will Tuesday from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Burial, Lapoint Cemetery next to his sweetheart, Services entrusted to Hullinger Mortuary.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.hullingermortuary.com.