TRUMAN POST YOUNG JR.

Posted April 16, 2010, at 7:18 p.m.

DENVER – Truman Post Young Jr., 86, died April 7, 2010, in Denver. He was born Feb. 28, 1924, in St. Louis, the son of Hilda (Jamieson) and Truman Post Young. After graduating from the Taylor School, he attended Bowdoin College. During his freshman year, he was drafted into the U.S. Army. He served in the 83rd Infantry Division during World War II, participating in D-Day and the Battle of the Bulge. After his return to the U.S., he graduated from Washington University, St. Louis, before embarking on a newspaper career. He worked as a printer and linotype operator at small papers in Missouri and Colorado, before a long career at the Rocky Mountain News and Denver Post, from which he retired in 1988. He was active in the International Typographical Union and sadly missed hot type when computers replaced it. Having traveled extensively as a boy, he was drawn to Colorado for its vast outdoors and beauty. He was an avid outdoorsman and climbed 40 of Colorado’s 14ers. He was an early member of the Colorado Mountain Club and led hikes ranging from overnights, to doggie hikes to wilderness kids adventures. He enjoyed solo backpacking trips in the mountains of Colorado and Wyoming. Family vacations often consisted of consulting a topo map and venturing to the end of a jeep road, where the scenery was spectacular and people few and far between. As a strong believer in the need for wilderness, he testified before a congressional hearing on the Wilderness Act. He was also active in campaigns to stop dam building and to protect Colorado’s landscape. He was also a “railroad nut” with a special interest in steam and narrow gauge lines. He was a longtime member of Rocky Mountain Railroad Club. Many of his pictures have been published in books about Colorado’s railroad history. He served briefly as Colorado’s assistant historian. He attended First Unitarian Church for several decades and was active in many conservation groups. He is survived by his wife, Anitta of Denver; and their daughter, Susan and her husband, Jay Fortier and their daughters, Elizabeth and Emma, of Orono. He is also survived by his son, Mike and his wife, Susan Whittlesey, of Denver and their daughters, Anne of Denver and Kate of New York City; son, Truman Post Young III and his wife, Lynne Isbell and their son, Peter, of Davis, Calif.; and daughter, Helen and her husband, Don Stratton and their daughters, Sarah, all of Bristol, Vt., and Margaret of Swaziland, Africa. He is also survived by his first wife, Carol Young and her husband, John McDonald, of Denver; sisters, Pat Jones of Williamsburg, Mo., and Anne Lloyd of Eureka, Mo.; sister-in-law, Ruth and her husband, Armand Gissin, of Miami; many nieces and nephews. As per his longtime wish, Truman’s body was donated to the University of Colorado Medical Center for research. Donations in his memory may be made to Colorado Mountain Club or Sierra Club.

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