Duane Mar Young

1934 ~ 2023

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Duane Mar Young passed away April 8, 2023.

He was born March 5, 1934, to William James and Mary Kathryn Young in the heart of Altonah, Utah. He was the second of four children born in this family. He had an older brother Ted and two younger sisters, Sharleen and Marilyn.

On the day he was born, Dr. Miles drove up from Roosevelt to welcome Duane's entrance into the world. The Young family was not rich in cash but rich in laughter, love and respect. The parents taught their children to do their best.

He cherished his childhood growing up on a farm. He learned the value of working hard and had the opportunity to participate in many diverting country activities: such as riding horses, hunting and fishing, swimming the canals, playing sports, were among his favorite pastimes.
He attended school in Mt Emmons, Altonah, graduating from Altamont High School. In school, he formed life-long friendships.

After graduation, he enlisted to serve his country in the Air Force and was assigned to the special security service. Duane was stationed in California and Tokyo. (Even though records said he was assigned to San Antonio, Texas).

After parting ways with the Air Force, he married his sweetheart Marilyn Goodrich, for time and eternity in the Salt Lake Temple. He graduated from BYU with a degree in math/education. Duane taught at the University of Utah while pursuing a Masters degree there. Later in life, he would go on to teach math at his first alma mater. Duane taught at Murray High School for over 30 years. He taught trigonometry, calculus, physics, among other related subjects. It wasn't too uncommon for Duane to run into former students, only to have them tell him his help went beyond understanding math but choosing a career path.

He chose the occupation of being an educator, and valued the opportunity of teaching math and physics.

Duane and Marilyn were the parents of four children. Lori Ann (Steve Oldroyd), Robert (Kim Young), JaNae (Josh McDougall), and Marc (Jill Young), along with many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Duane fiercely loved his family and loved being with them. He often took his children with him to irrigate the fields on the ranch, where he taught them the value of hard work. Marilyn knew that when the kids called and asked to talk to dad, she knew they were going to ask him for something that she would probably say "no," and that they could get it easier through dad.

He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and deeply loved the savior. He was a firm believer in prayer. And loved missionary work, teaching English and math on a service mission. He diligently worked at the temple every Friday night for twenty years.
Duane loved returning to Altonah and working on the family farm. He whistled as he worked.

When Duane was 13 years old, his father William "Bill" Young was killed while working, for the REA, on a high-voltage power line. This was a blow to the Youngs.

Among his favorite pastimes, being in Altonah, working the yard (especially growing lilies), reading, attending the symphony, live plays, playing games (card and board games), fishing, and working out math problems. He loved teaching others new things, watching BYU ballgames (although he cheered for both of his alma mater), and he loved to play chess and enjoyed chocolate milk with his breakfast, lunch and dinner.
He answered to many names: son, brother, sweetheart (only from his wife), dad, grandpa, uncle, cousin, friend, neighbor, bubs (his brother's nickname); his students called him "Doc" or Mr. Young, but he mostly answered to Duane.

The family felt his love, especially Marilyn, whom he loved deeply. Duane was proud of his Danish and English heritage. He loved animals and had several favorite pet dogs.

He is proceeded in death by his father, mother, step-father Leon Dump, brother Ted young, and sister Sharleen Goodrich. He is survived by his loving wife Marilyn, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Also survived by brother-in-law Ron Goodrich, his sister Marilyn Brown (Ron Brown) some much-loved nieces and nephews, and some special cousins.

Duane would bid visitors farewell by saying, "take your time leaving, and hurry back!" or when someone would say "I’ll be back”, he'd reply with an "I'll be here."

A viewing will be held Friday April 14, 2023 from 9:30 to 10:45 am. Funeral Service to follow at 11:00 am all at Larkin Sunset Gardens, 1950 East Dimple Dell Road (10600 South). For those unable to attend the service in person, the family invites you to join via Zoom at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84159507949. A free Zoom account is required and you will need to sign in to view the service.

“Has this world been so kind to you that you should leave with regret? There are better things ahead than any we leave behind.” – C.S. Lewis

God looked around his garden
And he found an empty place
He then looked down upon his earth
And saw your tired face.
He put his arms around you
And lifted you to rest
God’s garden must be beautiful
He always takes the best.
He knew that you were suffering
He knew you were in pain
He knew that you would never
Get well on earth again.
He saw the road was getting rough
And the hills are hard to climb.
So he closed your weary eyelids,
And whispered “Peace be Thine”
It broke our hearts to lose you
But you didn’t go alone
For part of us went with you
The day God called you home.


We will always remember Duane working out in his yard making it beautiful!! His friendly smile was present in all conversations. Our thoughts and prayers go with your family during this time of loss!
God bless!
Mike and Denise Farrington

- Mike and Denise Farrington

I have many fond memories from my classes at Murray HS with Duane. Especially watching him trying to master writing left handed. My own children also have similar memories of their time in his classes. As a family we wish you condolences at this time and may God bless you in the coming days.

- Blake Jessop

Mr Young or Doc as we called him was the kindest teacher I ever had. He really cared about students and was always willing to give extra help. He was very genuine and I appreciated that about him. He will be missed.

- Brian Shewell

Our family has so many memories that include the Youngs. I am sorry for the loss of such a big part of your life. He will be greatly missed. Love from all of us. Lisa Brian Aysa Brinlee and Caden

- Lisa and Brian Johnson

A great tribute to a great man. He lived a full life filled with service and love for others. May the peace of the Lord settle upon the family and the significance of a life well-lived be a guide to all who remain.

- Mical Terry



Marilyn and family, I am Woodrow Young's daughter. I am so sorry for your loss. I wish I had known Duane better, but the few times we saw him were special. He came to both my parents services and was always caring and loving to us. I know Jim and Susan are planning on attending services and I am through zoom.
May you feel peace and comfort as you go through this hard time. My prayers and love for you all. Joan Dana

- Joan Young Dana

We were lucky enough to move in next door about 9 years ago. The best neighbors! When our youngest was small, he would sneak out of the house to go hang out with Duane. We’d tell him over and over to tell us if he wanted to go say hi to the neighbors, but he preferred sneaking out, haha, and when we found him he would nonchalantly say, “What? I was just went to see Duane.”

- Jeremy Wilkins

Duane was a kind, gentle man who loved serving others and serving the Lord. We have a lot of pleasant and positive memories of him as someone who truly lived what he believed in. God bless you and your family.

- Daniel and Ruth Herbert-Voss

Dear Marilyn and Family,
My thoughts are with you all. My parents, Woody and Veda loved you and Dwayne so much, and talked about you with fondness.
I know they are having a great joyful reunion.
I pray that the warmth of your memories and the concern of those who care so much about you will bring you comfort and peace in the days ahead. I wish I could be there for the funeral, but will watch from the link provided by the funeral home.
You are loved, and in my thoughts and prayers.

- Dottie Young Cole

Doc was extremely influential in my life. I am forever grateful to all he did for me as one of his many admiring students. My thoughts are with his family. Know that he was loved by many.

- James Kessler

I have fond memories of Doc trying to teach us Calc. at MHS. He sure tried hard to make us understand math. One of the teachers that stood out in my memory.

- Brian Ruben

I was one of Mr. Young’s math students at Murray High School. He was a wonderful teacher and builder of confidence and character. I graduated from MHS 47 years ago. I went on and earned degrees in electrical engineering and spent the last part of my career teaching engineering. He gave me a good start in math. I still have warm memories and deep appreciation for him.
Lee Brinton

- Lee Brinton

“Mr. Young” was the consummate high school physics teacher. He always smiled and never let a student feel there was no hope to understand. Each time I met him after high school, he remained interested in how I was doing. I am grateful to have known him and extend my condolences to his family.

- J.R. Jones

So sorry to hear of this sweet mans passing. RIP uncle Duane.,

- Wendie Lowe