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Alan Christopher Young

Alan Christopher Young, of Burlington WA, passed away on February 16th at Skagit Valley Hospital, one
day before his 53rd birthday. He was born February 17, 1968 to his loving parents, Jim and Santina
Young, at Fort Sill, Oklahoma where Jim was stationed while serving in the U.S. Army.

Born with Down Syndrome, Alan brought joy to everyone he met.  He was a happy baby and an active
child.  Alan participated in the Special Olympics for many years and won many medals when he was
young.  He would wear his medals to church and the pastor would bring him to the front to celebrate his
achievements with the entire congregation.  He looked so proud and happy, and everyone was pleased
for him.  Alan loved all superheroes, especially Spiderman.  In fact, at this same church there was a tall,
dark haired man who wore glasses whom Alan thought was Clark Kent.  On more than one occasion Alan
tried to peak underneath this man’s shirt for the Superman suit he believed was hiding beneath his
clothing.   Alan could also be a quite a handful.  One time when Jim was serving in Korea, Alan managed
to find a ladder that had not been put away yet, climbed up the ladder and found himself stuck on the
roof of his house.  Luckily “Superman” from church was also a neighbor and came to help Santina get
Alan off the roof. 

Alan loved to bowl, swim, sing at church and attend camp in the summer. He especially loved the Special
Friends Camp at warm beach designed for older teens and adults with special needs where he was
assigned his own one on one buddy for the week.  Alan’s favorites included horseback riding, swimming,
and music.  He always loved music and singing.  He attended this camp for years.  Alan had a limited
vocabulary, but there was one word he said often and loudly.  CAKE!  Alan sure did love cake! 
Alan lived in an intensive tenant support adult home with Rehabco Residential Services for the last 20
years.  Alan developed Alzheimer’s, which is common with individuals with Downs and the Rehabco staff
cared for him lovingly every step of the way.  Alan was part of a Downs/Alzheimer’s study since he was a
teen due to the correlation between the two conditions.  Alan’s life was not only a life well lived, but his
participation in this study and the fact that his brain was donated to science is a testament to his life and
his/his parents hope that Alan could bring hope and a future cure to people afflicted with the horrible
disease of Alzheimer’s.   Alan will be missed and is survived by his Mom & Dad, his brother Michael, his
sister-in-law, Nerissa, nephew and niece, Aidan and Maya Young.  We look forward to reuniting with him
in Heaven.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Alan’s name to Warm Beach Camp


Beautiful, funny and loving tribute to Alan Christopher Young. RIP and until we meet again sore with Jesus our Superhero. ️Prayers for peace for all of you.

Robin Wright

We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your son!
Our hearts go out to you!
Love Linda and Reg

Linda & Reg Julie

May the sadness of your loss become smaller as the memories of the joy he brought into your life become greater . Your Arizona friends that live in North Dakota

John and Diana Miller

Dear Jim and Santina, So very sorry for your loss. What a adventurous life Allen had. I know you two were such a bug part of his life. He safely at home with Our Father. In that knowledge we rest as Allen. ONWARD CHRISTIAN SOLIDER ALLEN.

Paula DiPerri

Santina & Jim, my heart and my prayers are with you! I look forward to meeting Alan one day, totally healed and full of joy. Until then, I am praying for your loss and your pain.

NancyLee Credle

Dear Santina and Jim, The only thing that makes such great loss bearable, is the HOPE that we have in Christ Jesus and the knowledge that Alan is in his eternal, heavenly home. We are so saddened by the news of Alan’s passing. It’s been such a joy having Alan in Special Friends Camp! We loved him so and will surely miss him! We’re sending our love, prayers and deepest sympathy to you.

Laurie Fertello
Special Friends Camp Director

What a lovely story of Alan’s life
I’m so sorry to hear of your loss, but he is with Jesus now and living what we can only imagine
Please let me know if I can help in any way .... love you

Kathy L Halos

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