Robert Glynn Young Jr.

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April 14, 1936 ~ April 16, 2024

Born in: St Louis, MO
Resided in: Arlington, TX

Robert Glynn Young Jr. epitomized the resilient spirit of a young man from West Texas, navigating life’s challenges without the guidance of a father figure. Growing up in the Lakeview area of San Angelo, his blue-collar upbringing instilled in him the grit to persevere and the ambition to reach for new horizons. Despite the odds, he honed his talents and embarked on a journey, hitchhiking his way to college in Alpine, Texas, where he excelled academically at Sul Ross State University and further cultivated his passion for music and education.

His life was a tapestry woven with unique experiences-sending smoke signals to friends atop San Angelo hills, documenting plants, wildflowers and wildlife of the Big Bend country, sharing stages with the likes of Elvis Presley, hand-crafting golf clubs for professional golfers, and bonding over baseball with future Texas sports legend Norm Cash. These experiences were lessons that sculpted his character, shaping his understanding of excellence. Understanding “truth” was the foundation of his Biology classes and “knowing what “good” is” became the motivating challenge to his golfers.

Fueled by a desire to provide stability, he became the rock for his immediate and extended family, offering solutions in times of turmoil and extending a helping hand whenever needed. In every role he assumed, whether as a teacher, coach, or mentor, he coached and mentored others towards new possibilities, instilling in them lifelong skills and a sense of purpose.

His commitment to family was unwavering, matched only by his passion for music, his dedication to education, and his love of coaching golf. His life was punctuated by acts of selflessness, exemplified by his bravery behind the wheel during two head-on collisions, where he shielded his loved ones from harm at his own expense.

As his journey drew to a close, surrounded by his family, his grandsons serenaded him with songs that echoed his values and his love for a wide range of musical genres. A professional trumpeter, an inspirational educator, and a revered golf putter, he leaves behind a legacy of influence and impact. From his humble abode in Midland, where he welcomed professional golfers seeking his expertise, to his contributions to the educational landscape of Texas, his left his mark on the world.

Though he may not have known if he could sink the winning putt at the Masters, the opportunity alone would have been a joyous challenge he would have embraced wholeheartedly.

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  1. Coach, I shall miss you terribly. It was a pleasure knowing you all these years, from you teaching me Science at Stanton High School to Coaching me in track, to teaching me how to play chess, and later to guide us both as we were caregivers for our wonderful wives who both suffered/suffer from dementia/Alzheimer’s. I know you are resting peacefully in God’s Loving Arms.

  2. Mr Young enriched my life so much as my science teacher at Stanton High School in early 1960’s. He tried to teach me the drums but I had no musical talent! He led a group of us on 2 memorable school trips, first to University of Texas in Austin in 1960-61 to attend a nuclear symposium and then a major trip to the Seattle World’s Fair in 1963. That trip exposed us to the entire western US including Yellowstone and always has been a major treat in my life. I have such great memories of mr Young as a great teacher and mentor to me and other young students.


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