John Young was born June 22, 1945 in Casper, WY, and died
September 29, 1996 in Renton, WA.
Northwest College in Kirkland from 1964-1966 where he met Mary
Wirth. After his second year at Northwest John joined the
Over the next several months, John wrote to Mary asking her to marry
him. While at Ft. Lewis, he developed walking pneumonia and spent three
months at Madigan Hospital which resulted in his not being deployed to
Nam. Mary had laid a fleece before the Lord saying, "If John is able to stay at Ft. Lewis I will take it as a sign that we are to marry".
On August 18, 1967 John and Mary were married. They had two
children, and over the years they moved often as John changed jobs
frequently. Their moves led them to different churches where both John
and Mary kept busy volunteering wherever they were needed.
In the mid-70's John went through a season of personal struggle that
resulted in the couple separating in 1978. Following their divorce,
both John and Mary went through deep personal reflection and hours of
counseling which led them to a place of being re-united. Describing
this season of their lives, Mary wrote, "Through
lots of prayer and support of Godly friends, my husband and I together
began working on the issues we were both dealing with; first by going
to The 12 Spiritual Steps studies, then becoming facilitators of them
while we still worked them for ourselves. My husband finally
realized God’s call on his life and volunteered the last 13 years of
his life at the Union Gospel mission in Seattle. They made him an
“Honorary Chaplain” the last 8 years of his life, which meant that all
of the street men had to talk to him before entering one of the
programs. In Sept. of 1996, my husband of 29 years died due to a
diabetic heart. I had the joyful privilege of hearing and reading
testimonies from the men he had connected with regarding God’s love,
grace and mercy flowing through him; which helped the men to choose to
live life in Jesus instead of a bottle or drugs."
John's memorial service was held at the Union Gospel Mission in
Seattle where he devoted much of his time the last 13 years of his life.