Jack Young passed away on August 17, 2022 after a long struggle with Parkinson’s. He died peacefully in his sleep at Greenspring Village nursing home after a brief stay.
Jack was the loving husband to Diane Bates, father to three, grandfather to six and great grandfather to two. Diane and Jack were married for 35 years, 22 of them were lived in their home in Fairfax Station. Together they travelled all over the world. He will be remembered by those who knew him as a kind, thoughtful man.
Jack was born in Warsaw, Missouri. in 1933. His mother: Irene Louise McGill; father: Frank M Young (Panama City, Fla.); sister Joanne Watkins (Springfield Missouri) – all predeceased him. His first wife, Barbara Pennington Watson, lives in Orlando, Fl.
He is survived by his wife Diane, Anne Bates-Young, his granddaughter, Jennifer Bates Glaubrecht, his stepdaughter, in their home in Fairfax Station, Va. He is survived by Sid Young (Linda) of Indianapolis – grandchildren: Andrew, Megan (Paul Finizio –great grandchildren Mya and Otto); and Bryan (Alicia – great grandchildren Kaylee and Madison). His son Scott Young lives in Sanford, Florida. His stepson- Nicholas Bates lives in Los Angeles. He has three children, Nicos, Isabella, Olivera.
Jack graduated from University of Arkansas Law School where he was a member of Arkansas Law Review from 1955 through 1957. He was a member of the American Bar Association. He practiced law in Little Rock, Arkansas for 35 years: first in the District Attorney’s Office, then private practice. He associated with the law firm of Laser, Sharp, Haley, Young and Huckabay. He was an elected member of the Little Rock City Council. He was a member of the Ozark Society and loved canoeing on the Buffalo River.
He was a lover of peonies and day lilies, a past president of the American Peony Society when he lived in Little Rock. He studied classical guitar in his midlife. He enjoyed playing and listening to classical guitar. One of his fondest memories was sitting in the Alhambra listening to a student play “Maria Elena.”
He decided he had enough of practicing law and made a career change around 1980, declaring that his reason for the change was that he was “more interested in helping people keep their ox out of the ditch than figuring out how to get it out.” He loved talking to people, hearing their stories, being with them on their journey. The ministry was a good fit
He went to Starr King School for the Ministry in Berkeley, California. After three years of study he graduated, He did his internship at the Unitarian San Francisco Church where he met his wife to be, Diane. She attended a class he taught on writing your own epitaph. They were married in 1987 and moved to Chattanooga, Tennessee. He served as the minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Chattanooga where he was ordained.
He was then called to the UU Church in Rockville, Md. After several years there, he retired. He was awarded the title of Minister Emeritus.
He and Diane moved to Fairfax Station, Virginia. He was then asked to be the interim minster at Bull Run Unitarian Universalist Church in Manassas, Va. He enjoyed this very much and felt that he perhaps made a difference in helping this church grow.
In his retirement he was able to enjoy his interest and passion for woodworking: He loved working with wood and became very skillful, making a piece that is used as the podium in BRUU.
The most important thing to remember about Jack is not all that he achieved, which was considerable, but who he was: a very fine, decent human being. We will miss him.
Diane plans a family memorial to celebrate his life in the spring when the peonies are blooming.
Jack's ashes will be inurned at the Accotink Unitarian Universalist Church in Burke Virginia.
A Memorial Tree was planted for Jack
We are deeply sorry for your loss ~ the staff at Direct Cremation Svcs of VA - Chantilly