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Idaho State Journal, 05/23/07
MONTPELIER - Maurice A. "Cap" Young, 91, passed away, Monday, May 21, 2007, at
his son's home in M o n t p e l i e r , Idaho. He was born October 18, 1915, in Kuna,
Idaho, and was the 10th child of Maurice Austin Young and Anna Elizabeth Taylor Young. The
family moved from Kuna to Pennsylvania in the early 1920s, where most of Cap's school
years were spent.
A strong advocate of education, Cap graduated from Broad Top High School at the age of
16. He attended Pennsylvania State College, Shippenbsburg State College, and spent four
years at the University of Idaho, where he graduated in 1940. He received his master's
degree in public administration from the-then College of Idaho in Caldwell.
Four days prior to his graduation from college, he married Elaine Johnson of St.
Maries, Idaho. They were married for 42 years and then she preceded him in death September
Cap was superintendent of schools in Kuna, Idaho, for many years. He coached and/or
assisted in coaching a variety of championship teams, both men's and women's while
there. During 10 of his years in Kuna he served as justice of the peace. He resigned from
both these positions in 1957.
In 1957, Cap moved his family to Arco, Idaho, where he was employed by various
contractors on many of the nuclear testing facilities in the area. His mathematics prowess
caused a high demand for his services. His work and affiliation with the United
Association of Steamfitters Union, (AFL-CIO for 50 years) took him trotting around the
globe. He was in Kuwait during the now famous "Six Day War." He worked
construction throughout various states before he retired in 1981, while living in
For over 50 years, Cap has been a member of the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of
Idaho, Arco Lodge Number 48. He was a 32nd Degree, Scottish Rite and a former Shriner. He
helped form the El Korah Drum and Bugle Corps in Arco.
Cap moved to Pennsylvania shortly after his wife's death, and seemed to find
comfort among his siblings. He remained there until his 90th birthday, when his children
helped him move West. He traversed between Montpelier, Idaho, and Shelton, Washington.
Cap is survived by his two children, Elaine (John) Lentz of Shelton, Washington, and
Maury (Kelly) Young of Montpelier, Idaho; 10 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, and
four great-great-grandchildren; and three sisters, C. Pearl Diehl of Holidaysburg, Pa.,
Mary Barndollar of Lancaster, Pa., and Florence Wilhelm of Selinsgrove, Pa.; and he also
leaves behind his longtime friend and companion, A. Alberta McIntyre of Six Mile Run, Pa.
He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, Lewis "Roy" Young of
Georgetown, Idaho, Stanley Young of Delta, Pa., and Seibert Young of Saxton, Pa., and
three sisters, Elizabeth "Betty" Lowe of Wyoming, Delaware, Phyllis Johnson of
Defiance, Pa., And Hannah Oaks of Pine Grove, Pa.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 24, at the Matthews Mortuary
Chapel, 702 Clay St., Montpelier, Idaho. The interment will be at the Woodlawn Cemetery,
N. 23rd St., in St. Maries, Idaho. The graveside rites will be held in St. Maries at 2
p.m. on June 2, 2007.
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