January 19, 1935 ~ November 13, 2020

Born in: Buncombe County, NC
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Asheville – Donald “Don” Gayle Young, 85, of Asheville, passed away Friday, November 13, 2020 at Givens Healthcare Center.

A native of Buncombe County, he was a son of the late S. Gayle and Ruth Osteen Young. He was also preceded in death by his first wife, Marva Veater Simkins Young, as well as one brother, Mark W. Young.

Don graduated from Oakley High School in 1953 and North Carolina State University School of Forestry in 1960. He was employed by the US National Forest Service at Dixie National Forest in Pangwich, UT for 36 years.

He is survived by his wife, Marilou Reepe Collin; two sisters, Loretta Young Miller (Tom) and Kay Young Sluder (Jerry), all of Fairview; one step-daughter, Carol Simkins Horton (Howard) of Smithfield, UT; one step-son, Paul Simkins (Vione) of Smithfield, UT, as well as numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

A Graveside Service will be held at 2:00 PM on Tuesday, November 17 at Ashelawn Gardens Of Memory. The graveside will be streamed live on Groce Funeral Home’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/grocefh).

In lieu of flowers, the family graciously asks that you consider making a contribution in Don’s memory to the Haywood Congregation/Respite, PO Box 2982, Asheville, NC 28802 (www.haywoodstreet.org)

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian is assisting the family.


Graveside Service: November 17, 2020 2:00 pm

Ashelawn Gardens of Memory
901 Aiken Road
Asheville, NC 28804


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  1. God gives us the amazing ability to make memories, which sustain us throughout our lives.
    My memories or the Young and Reepe families go way back to our days at RMBC. Starting in the mid 1950’s. Ruth was a dear friend as was Mrs. Reepe.
    My love to each of you at this sad time and please know that you are in my prayers, as God leads you in the days ahead.
    Sandra and family

  2. To the wife and family of Donald G.Young. Please accept my sincere sympathy in the passing of my good friend, Don Young. Don worked for me for about 10 years in Panguitch, Utah, Dixie National Forest. He was committed to his job and was easy to get along with. He made many friends and his love for the great outdoors set him apart as a special and ardent employee. I am gratified that his soul is now in a better place where the negative constraints of life are behind him. He will be missed by all that knew him. With deep appreciation, I extend my sympathy and love to his family and wish them well. A. Clair Baldwin, former District Ranger, Dixie National Forest


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