COLUMBIANA - David J. Young, 84, Columbiana, peacefully gave up the fight against cancer in the early morning hours on Monday, November 26, 2012 at the Hospice House in North Lima.
Dave was born on May 29, 1928 in Beaver Falls, Pa., the son of Walter D. and Bertha M. Young. He graduated from Columbiana High School in 1946 and went one to receive a Bachelor in Music Education Degree from the Dana School of Music at Youngstown College now Youngstown State University. Dave proudly enlisted in the United States Army, serving as a Sergeant in Korea. He married his lovely wife, Jean Young (Wilson) on April 9, 1953.
Dave retired from the accounting department of LTV Steel, formerly Youngstown Sheet and Tube, in 1992 after 36 years of employment. After retirement, Dave derived much pleasure in substitute teaching in local schools. Many years ago, his first job was teaching music at the Ohio State Penitentiary in Mansfield, Ohio.
A life-long resident of Columbiana, Dave was a member of the United Methodist Church, 32nd degree Mason with the Allen Lodge #276 - F&AM, Columbiana, Youngstown Shrine Club, American Legion Post 290 and the Canfield Community Band.
Dave was an avid cyclist and tennis player and played drums professionally since age 18. His true appreciation of music and the drums was enjoyed by many has he entertained over the years having played in numerous local bands, He will be remembered for his amazing sense of humor and quick, dry wit and his love of jazz. Dave vacationed yearly in Ft. Myers Beach, Florida with his family and many friends for over 40 years.
Besides his loving wife, Jean, he is survived by and will be deeply missed by his daughter, Christine M. Beck (Ted Beck) of San Antonio, TX, his grandson, Joshua David Baird of Columbiana, his K-9 companion Maggie and many friends. Through divine intervention, in the last years of his life, Dave developed a brother-like relationship with Drew Palusak of Columbiana who became his right-hand man, confidant and best friend until the very end for which his family will be eternally grateful.
There will be no calling hours or funeral services as it was Dave's last wish to donate his body to science and education through the Cleveland Clinic Foundation.
The family requests donations be made in his name to Hospice of the Valley, 5190 Market Street, Boardman, Ohio 44512.