Larry Burton Young Sr. left this earth to be with his sweetheart, Sue, on Nov. 5, 2011, in Spiro. He was born Sept. 2, 1922, at Wister to John Thomas and Dena Mae (Lucas) Young.
He was an educator and rancher. His career spanned some 40 years. He began as a student instructor at the University of Oklahoma in 1943. His first assignment was at Northern Oklahoma College in Tonkawa. He then taught in the Coolidge, Ariz., Public School System for three years and worked weekends and summers on the Fred Jones Cattle Ranch. He and wife Sue moved back to Oklahoma in 1950 and joined the Spiro City School System where they remained until retiring in 1983 and 1984, respectively. He served as a Senior High Principal, French Teacher, Junior High Principal, Guidance Counselor, and made a major contribution to the planning, construction and operation of the new Middle School, then served as the Principal. He also worked some summers as a day laborer, painting, tarring roofs and maintaining the school grounds.
He believed that everyone had a special talent in something, and he tried his best to help students develop their talent. All through his teaching and retirement years he was a farmer and cattlerman. He and Sue built The Misery Ridge Ranch, where they produced beef, grass seeds, hay and, in the early years, hogs.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 65 years, Ella Sue (McClain) Young; a sister, Mary Lou Montgomery; and a grandson, Joshua McClain Young.
He is survived by three sons, Larry Burton Young Jr. and wife, Maylene, of Poteau, Edward Thomas Young and wife, Jeanne, of Joplin, Mo., and John Lance Young of Spiro; two brothers, Glenn Thomas Young and wife, Jimmie, of Muskogee, and William Ira (Bill) Young and wife, Barbara, of Wister; three grandchildren, Jennifer Susyne (Young) Uro and husband, Anthony, of Claymont, Del., Jessica Marie (Young) Sousa and husband, Phil, of Republic, Mo., and John Thomas Young and wife, Heather, of College Station, Texas; five great-grandchildren, Joshua T. Uro, Linda Claire Uro, Braxton Shatswell, Brysta Shatswell and Brayton Shatswell; several cousins, nephews, nieces, and longtime friends.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 9, at Mallory-Martin Funeral Home Chapel in Spiro with the Rev. Darrin McKnight officiating. Burial will follow in Spiro City Cemetery under the direction of Mallory-Martin Funeral home in Spiro with Ward Eagleton providing "Taps."
Pallbearers will be Ronnie Parent, Tom Tobler, Larry Campbell, DeWade Shatswell, Kelly Young, Landon Young and Michael Young .
Honorary Pallbearers will be Winford Ashley, Floyd Nance, Kenneth Ferguson, Jack Maxwell, Ervin Morris and Lavon Williams.
Family visitation will be Tuesday from 5-7 p.m. at the funeral home.
Please sign his online guestbook at www.mallorymartinfuneralhome.com and click on "obituaries."