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William ‘Bill’ Young obituary

Posted: Monday, Feb 11th, 2013

TENNESSEE — William “Bill” A. Young I, 76, formerly of Atascadero died on Jan. 24, 2013, in Tennessee.

He was born in Englewood to Robert “Bert” B. Young II and his wife, Grace.

Bill graduated from Atascadero Junior High School in 1950 and in 1954 from the Atascadero Union High School, where he would later return to teach for 28 years.

Bill served in the United States Air Force from 1955 to 1958 where he attained sharpshooter status with the Air Police. He returned to Atascadero where he studied electronics at Cal Poly.

He established Bill Young’s TV in Atascadero with the tutelage of his Uncle Ben ller in 1961. Bill later sold the TV business and returned to Cal Poly to earn a lifetime California teaching credential majoring in biological sciences and minoring in physics, chemistry, English and electronics.

Bill was hired by the Atascadero Unified School District in 1972 to develop the Adult Education Department, which included Escuela Del Rio School for handicapped adults and he taught half-time in the English department at the high school.

Bill taught at AHS for 28 years, teaching English, electronics, chemistry and physics. He coached track for a number of years, reestablishing the annual Spring Memorial Track Meet, which included many area schools.

Bill was adjunct professor for many years at Cal Poly, teaching a methods class for prospective student teachers in Chemistry and Physics. He also taught chemistry at Cuesta College for Kids in San Luis Obispo for students fifth through eighth grades for many years during the summer.

For most of Bill’s teaching years at Atascadero High School, he was teacher- sponsor of the Bible Club R.O.C.K. — Reach Out for Christ as King.

Bill was involved in leadership, Young People’s and music for many years at the Atascadero Gospel Chapel that his parents, Bert and Grace Young, with Don and Eva Tyler established in 1948 at Bert and Grace’s home on Curbaril Avenue in Atascadero.

Bill with his wife, Nancy, have been helping care for the Musket grandchildren in Tennesse following the death of their daughter, Jane, in March 2012, while Terry finishes his overseas employment committments.

Bill is survived by his wife of 50 years, Nancy, days away from their 51st anniversary; a brother, Robert “Bob” B. Young III and his wife, Beth, missionaries to Chavuma, Zambia, Africa, for 60 years; sister, Jeanie and her husband, Dr. Dan Blair, of Kingsport, Tenn., formerly of Atascadero; daughter, Annette and her husband, James Stowe; grand-daughter, Vivienne Stowe, of Atascadero; a son, William “Bill” A. Young II and his wife, Dr. Michelle, of Norfolk, Va.; a son, Gary E. Petersen and his wife, Dory and their three children, Rebecca, James and Samuel of Arroyo Grande; aunt, Liz Matthies; aunt, Ruthie Little; uncle, Ben ller and his wife, Ruth; plus a large extended family of cousins and nieces and nephews.

Bill is preceded in death by his firstborn daughter, Jane Opal Young Musket. Jane’s husband of 24 years, Terry L. Musket and children make their home in Fall Branch, Tenn. Their children are Grace, Anna, Eva and Will Musket.

Bill Young’s family appreciates and thanks the many people in Atascadero and in Fall Branch, Kingsport, Johnson City, Tenn., for their gracious words and deeds of kindness during Jane’s final illness last March and Bill’s very brief illness.

One of his grandchildren said of him, “His passion was his family and God.”

Burial will be at Atascadero District Cemetery. Arrangements were under the direction of their son, Gary E. Petersen. A memorial service for Bill Young officiated by Dr. Daniel V. Blair, Bill’s brother-in-law, at the gravesite with bench of their daughter, Jane Opal Young Musket, in Tennessee will be on Tuesday, Jan. 29. An Atascadero graveside memorial service, officiated by Gary E. Petersen and Bob Joslin, will be held on Saturday, Feb. 2 at 1:30 p.m. at Atascadero District Cemetery.

For the complete article see the 02-01-2013 issue.

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