Milton Earl Young was born Dec. 3, 1929 in San Angelo and passed away at his home in Sealy Jan. 11, 2019. He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward Earl (“Peck”) and Annie Mae Young, sisters Sue Packer and Mary Smith.
Milton is survived by his wife of 61 years, Clara Sens Young, his brother Sam Young and wife Diane, daughter Vanessa Pearce and husband Joe, son Bradley and wife Wendy, grandsons Cameron Pearce, Trevor Young and Colin Young and numerous nieces and nephews.
With humble beginnings, Milton worked with his father throughout West Texas in the windmill business. After graduating from San Angelo High School and attending Jr. College there, Milton joined the U.S. Navy as a way to earn funds for more education. After his active duty was over, he was able to reach his goal and graduated from The University of Texas in Austin in 1953 with a B.S. degree in Petroleum Engineering.
Milton began his engineering career with Continental Oil, now known as Conoco, holding various positions that required the family to live in Texas, Dubai, New York and Connecticut. After 20 years with Conoco, he joined Tesoro Petroleum in San Antonio. Milton retired from Tesoro in 1986 as the vice president of exploration and production.
Milton was an active member of St. John Lutheran Church in Bellville where he served as president of the church council.
He also had held advisory positions at St. Luke’s Lutheran Hospital, Texas Lutheran University and the Brenham Mission Board.
As avid supporters of Longhorn football, Milton and Clara had season tickets for many years and had plenty of burnt orange shirts to prove it. Milton also showed his support to his alma mater by endowing an engineering scholarship and serving on the Petroleum Engineering Dept. advisory board. He participated in the Austin Co. Texas Exes and Flying Longhorns.
Besides the Longhorns, Milton also enjoyed watching the Houston Astros enough to travel to 20 ballparks to see them, the Dallas Cowboys and had the same season tickets to the Sealy Tiger football games for 25 years. He figured that no one else wanted row 13, seats 12 and 13.
He and Clara’s love for travel took them all over the world. They enjoyed site-seeing, learning new things and meeting people.
As a boy, Milton was active in the Boy Scouts. He worked very hard to earn the rank of Eagle Scout with four Palms. Less than 1 percent of scouts continue on to earn a Palm. He earned four. Milton was so proud that all three grandsons became involved in Boy Scouts and were also able to earn the rank of Eagle Scout. The Scout Law could easily be used to describe Milton and the values he lived by – trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent. As a young boy reciting the Boy Scout oath – On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight – he had to have decided then and there that that was how he was going to live his life because it was witnessed every day of his long, full life.
Visitation was Thursday Jan. 17 from 6 to 8 p.m. at St. John Lutheran Church in Bellville. Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Friday Jan. 18. Burial was at Sealy Cemetery with reception following at Liedertafel Hall in Sealy.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. John Lutheran Church building fund, 520 N Holland, Bellville, TX 77418 or to Austin County Fair – Youth Auctions Non Sale Exhibitors Add Ons, P.O. Box 141, Bellville, Tx 77418.
Knesek Funeral Home is handling arrangements.