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T. James "Jim" Young

Walla Walla, Western Australia

February 28, 1941 - June 22, 2024

T. James "Jim" Young Obituary

Thomas James “Jim” Young, passed away June 22, 2024 with his wife of nearly 63 years by his side. Jim was born at St. Mary’s Hospital in Walla Walla, WA on Feb 28th 1941, to parents Roy W Young and Daisy Mae (Young) Warren. Jim went to various schools in the Walla Walla and Waitsburg school districts, graduating from Waitsburg High School in 1959. Two years later, he and Laura Faye Bennett-Gardner would get married and they would have two children, Jamie (Young) Gritman and T. James (Jimmy) Young Jr.

Jim is survived by his wife, two children, several grandchildren and great grandchildren. Being an avid fisherman in his younger years, Jim enjoyed sharing this joy with his wife and children and in later years, his grandchildren. They accompanied him to many a fishing hole around the Pacific Northwest. Most notable of these spots was Downs Lake, the Snake River, the Tucannon, the Potholes and several lakes in Montana. He passed along his love for the outdoor sports and camping to his whole family, all of whom to this day have many stories of camping in Old Blue, or fishing from his little boat.

Jim was a hard worker who enjoyed working on and around farms in the Walla Walla/Waitsburg area. He also worked for the Waitsburg School District for nearly 30 years before retiring. After retiring from the school as the Maintenance & Transportation Supervisor, he couldn’t sit still, so he went to work at Sears for several years in the tool department. For anyone that knew Jim, this came as no surprise. He quite possibly had enough tools to restock most of the shelves at Sears himself.

Around the same time of his retirement, Jim purchased his first of many motorcycles. He joined the local chapter of the Goldwing Road Riders Association, where he was a Chapter Director. Over the years, he acquired a number of different bikes, ultimately ending up with his dream bike, a Goldwing Trike. He and Laura rode to Goldwing and other motorcycle rallies all over the US where they formed many lasting friendships with the other riders.

Jim also spent time volunteering as a deputy for the Waitsburg Marshal’s Department, the local fire department, as well as an EMT with the local ambulance service. He also served his community in other ways including being on the Waitsburg City Council and as an avid photographer, he took many pictures for the local sports teams as well as many other photographs. He also had a dark room where he even developed his own pictures.

One thing that goes without saying, is Jim sure did love to tell a good story. It did not matter who his audience was, once they were listening, to him, they were a friend; and he would proceed to tell them one of a million different stories that he had in his storybook. His family invites you to come share your stories at his celebration of life on Saturday July 20th, 2024. There will be a 2:00 PM service followed by a cookie social until 4:00 PM. Jim’s celebration will be at Waitsburg Town Hall, 121 Main St.

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking to please consider donating to:

WWPF Benevolent Fund

%Children’s Benefit Fund

PO BOX 1773

Walla Walla, WA 99362


To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of T. James "Jim" Young hosted by Mountain View Funeral Home.

Thomas James “Jim” Young, passed away June 22, 2024 with his wife of nearly 63 years by his side. Jim was born at St. Mary’s Hospital in Walla Walla, WA on Feb 28th 1941, to parents Roy W Young and Daisy Mae (Young) Warren. Jim went to various schools in the Walla Walla and Waitsburg school districts, graduating from Waitsburg High School in 1959. Two years later, he and Laura Faye Bennett-Gardner would get married and they would have two children, Jamie (Young) Gritman and T. James (Jimmy) Young Jr.

Jim is survived by his wife, two children, several grandchildren and great grandchildren. Being an avid fisherman in his younger years, Jim enjoyed sharing this joy with his wife and children and in later years, his grandchildren. They accompanied him to many a fishing hole around the Pacific Northwest. Most notable of these spots was Downs Lake, the Snake River, the Tucannon, the Potholes and several lakes in Montana. He passed along his love for the outdoor sports and camping to his whole family, all of whom to this day have many stories of camping in Old Blue, or fishing from his little boat.

Jim was a hard worker who enjoyed working on and around farms in the Walla Walla/Waitsburg area. He also worked for the Waitsburg School District for nearly 30 years before retiring. After retiring from the school as the Maintenance & Transportation Supervisor, he couldn’t sit still, so he went to work at Sears for several years in the tool department. For anyone that knew Jim, this came as no surprise. He quite possibly had enough tools to restock most of the shelves at Sears himself.

Around the same time of his retirement, Jim purchased his first of many motorcycles. He joined the local chapter of the Goldwing Road Riders Association, where he was a Chapter Director. Over the years, he acquired a number of different bikes, ultimately ending up with his dream bike, a Goldwing Trike. He and Laura rode to Goldwing and other motorcycle rallies all over the US where they formed many lasting friendships with the other riders.

Jim also spent time volunteering as a deputy for the Waitsburg Marshal’s Department, the local fire department, as well as an EMT with the local ambulance service. He also served his community in other ways including being on the Waitsburg City Council and as an avid photographer, he took many pictures for the local sports teams as well as many other photographs. He also had a dark room where he even developed his own pictures.

One thing that goes without saying, is Jim sure did love to tell a good story. It did not matter who his audience was, once they were listening, to him, they were a friend; and he would proceed to tell them one of a million different stories that he had in his storybook. His family invites you to come share your stories at his celebration of life on Saturday July 20th, 2024. There will be a 2:00 PM service followed by a cookie social until 4:00 PM. Jim’s celebration will be at Waitsburg Town Hall, 121 Main St.

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking to please consider donating to:

WWPF Benevolent Fund

%Children’s Benefit Fund

PO BOX 1773

Walla Walla, WA 99362


To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of T. James "Jim" Young hosted by Mountain View Funeral Home.

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