Dennis D. Young, aged 77 years, passed away unexpectedly September 9, 2021 due to internal injuries sustained in a fall from a ladder in his shop.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Connie “King” Young, his children, Sherrie Young and Michael (Julie) Young. His granddaughters, Brailee (Tim) Weeks, Julia (Mitchel) Hahn, grandson Collen (Celeste) Young, great grandchildren, Navy Young, Walter Weeks and Estelle Hahn. He is also survived by his brothers, Ronald Young and Thomas Young, six nieces and three nephews.
Dennis was born October 19, 1943 in Woodbine, Iowa to Ronald “Bill” and Madge Young. He graduated from Winston High School in Winston, Missouri in 1961 and married Connie King June 23, 1963.
He began his career at Safeway in Kansas City, Missouri in the computer department in 1962. He transitioned to sales in 1963 working for Gerber Baby Food also in Kansas City, Missouri while attending Rockhurst College in the evenings. In 1969 he went to work for McCormick Spices and in 1972 began a 38-year career in the French fry industry beginning with Simplot Foods. He was hired by Rogers Walla Walla in 1983 which brought him and his family to the Pacific Northwest. He also worked for Universal Foods and finally had a 17-year career with Lamb Weston before retiring in 2010. Dennis was responsible for 10 billion pounds of French fry sales on four continents and accumulated over 3 million airline miles during his career. He was directly linked to the introduction of the curly fry and the commercialization of the first battered seasoned French fry products. His passion for sharing industry and product knowledge while more than fulfilling the needs of his customers contributed greatly to the collective success of the Lamb Weston team. He loved his job and customers which was apparent by his enthusiasm and expertise. Dennis received many awards throughout his career.
Dennis enjoyed snowmobiling, golfing, working in the yard, gardening and reading. He was passionate about watching football especially the Boise State Broncos, Seattle Seahawks and the 2020 Superbowl Champion Kansas City Chiefs.
He will be deeply missed by his family, friends and all who had the pleasure of knowing him.
A memorial service will be held, 11:00 am MST, Friday, October 1, 2021 at The Foothills Christian Church, 9655 W. State Street, Garden City.
To attend the service virtually please visit https://youtu.be/NzmUNY2HXVc
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Kelly Thompson saysSeptember 17, 2021 at 1:03 pm
It is with a heavy heart I write this and remember Dennis. He was a fiercely proud and hard-working man, who loved his family and friends with his whole heart. Heaven is brighter with his arrival. Connie, Sherrie, Mike and family, he loved you all and knew he was loved in return.
My prayers are with all his family and friends.
Sherrie Young saysSeptember 23, 2021 at 5:24 pm
Thank you, Kel. I love you.
David Fewins saysSeptember 17, 2021 at 2:07 pm
Connie, I don’t know if you remember me or not, but the Young brothers and I kind of all grew up together when we lived near Altamont, Mo. Although Dennis was seven years older than I was, I remember him well.
You have my deepest sympathy, Connie.
Pam Bly saysSeptember 19, 2021 at 1:58 pm
Connie my heart breaks knowing that Dennis is no longer here with us on earth. I will miss him dearly. He was always so good to me throughout the years in Foodservice. A special man that could talk to any stranger and make them feel like a forever friend.
A gift for sure. My sincere condolences to you and your family. Hugs Pam
Nan McGrath saysSeptember 20, 2021 at 9:46 pm
Connie – so very sad to hear of Dennis’ passing. Sincere condolences to you and your family. I worked with Dennis at Lamb Weston. He was always so welcoming and patient to any of us wanting to learn more about the industry. He was such a class act for sure. My husband, Dan, would join the golfing group on occasion and partner with Dennis. He always enjoyed those outings. We will remember him fondly. Take care, Nan & Dan McGrath
LARRY ADAMS saysSeptember 21, 2021 at 2:49 pm
DENNIS AND I SPENT MANY CHILDHOOD DAYS TOGETHER AS WE GREW UP, HAVING WORKED ON OUR UNCLE”S FARM EVERY SUMMER FOR TWO OR THREE YEARS TOGETHER, VISITING AT THEIR FARM BOTH IN WOODBINE AND WINSTON. SPENT MANY NIGHTS FISHING ALL NIGHT LONG, EATING POPCORN, BUILDING A “LOG CABIN” ROAMING THE BACK WOODS WERE SOME OF MY MOST CHERRISHED MEMORIES OF A COUSIN THAT WAS MORE LIKE A BROTHER. RIP DENNIS I SHALL MISS YOU DEARLY.
Tom and Nancy Faircloth saysSeptember 26, 2021 at 10:47 pm
Connie, Sherrie and Mike, our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Dennis will be remembered fondly by all. I know how much mom and dad thought of Dennis and your entire family. Especially for mom to have some of her Young family living out west and close to her! Our hearts go out to you all!
Sharon Miller saysSeptember 28, 2021 at 8:51 am
Connie and family,
Please accept my heartfelt condolences on the passing of Dennis. I joined Lamb Weston in 1999, so I guess I worked with Dennis for about 10 years. I remember an incredibly warm, thoughtful gentleman who graciously shared his expertise with all. I also remember attending a lovely Christmas party at your farm….. it might have been around 2008 or 2009. Dennis’s legacy is one of the backbones that continues to make Lamb Weston such a great place to be.
Cathie King Whitlock saysSeptember 29, 2021 at 9:35 pm
Dennis was the best brother-in-law God ever created. I’ve known him since I was 9 years old. He changed my daughter Karrah’s and my lives. He helped me buy a mobile home, which allowed me to attend nursing school and to get out of the inner city. He and Connie always made sure that Karrah and I were able to visit their family wherever they lived. He and Connie did all these things selflessly and with generous hearts. I am forever grateful to Dennis and will see him in heaven. I share Connie, Sherrie and Michael’s grief by sending my prayers of condolence and love.
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