July 2, 1936 - July 24, 2019
Carl Ray Young, 83, of Farmers Branch, died July 24, 2019. He was born in Tulsa on July 2, 1936, the son of Raymond and Gladys (Eskridge) Young. He leaves his beloved wife of 61 years, Margaret (Bell) Young; daughter Cynthia, her husband David Sanders; son Carl; son Michael and his wife Mary Elizabeth; and son Marcus and his wife Michelle. Margaret and Carl have six grandchildren: David, Avery, McKenzie, Alex, Aubrey and Annika. Carl is also survived by his sister Janet, aunt Dot and cousin Jimmy. He is predeceased by his sister Jeannie and brother Vernon.
Carl lived an amazing life. Starting out with almost nothing but a strong mind, a healthy dose of discipline and a big heart, he excelled in school and athletics, receiving wrestling and track scholarships that supported his education at the University of Oklahoma where he earned a Bachelors and Masters of Science in Petroleum Engineering (Boomer Sooner!). He went on to become a highly valued professional working at Atlantic Richfield Company. Thereafter, he served as a private consultant in the oil and gas field until retiring in 2006.
In retirement, Carl served as acting Chairman of the Board of Advancial Federal Credit Union. Carl joined Advancial in 1963 when he was a young executive at Atlantic Richfield. He began his service to the credit union more than 40 years ago when he was asked to serve on the Supervisory Committee in 1977. A few years later, he transitioned to the Board of Directors and rose to Chairman, serving in that capacity for the remainder of his life.
Throughout his life, Carl served others, working with youth in the Junior Achievement, starting the W. T. White high school wrestling program and receiving coaching awards in youth football, baseball, soccer and wrestling.
He and Margaret loved nature, hiking, camping, card games, volleyball and traveling. Their love of world travel took them to all seven continents, all 50 states and 70+ countries, sharing treasured memories with their traveling companions, many of whom they met at Chapel Hill United Methodist Church, their spiritual home for more than 50 years. Together, Carl and Margaret have developed many, many lifelong friendships with so many people who love them dearly.
Above all, Carl loved his family deeply. Words cannot describe their love for him. We will miss his kind spirit, but know that he will always be with us, within the very heart of us and our community. He might have been quiet, but he was mighty!
Visitation will be held on Thursday, August 1, 2019 from 5-7 p.m. at North Dallas Funeral Home in Farmers Branch. A memorial service will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, August 2, 2019 at Chapel Hill United Methodist Church in Farmers Branch.
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