PORTLAND - Carleton Clark Young, Jr., 95, died peacefully on January 1, 2016 at a Portland health care facility. The son of Carleton Clark and Alice Brady Young, Clark was born in New York, New York on December 16, 1920. Shortly after his birth, the Young family moved to Brunswick, Maine.
Clark graduated from Brunswick High School, class of 1938, attended Governor Dummer Academy for one year and graduated from Bowdoin College, class of 1943. Throughout his high school and college years, Clark played football and was an outstanding track star. Immediately following graduation, he enlisted as an aviator in the U.S. Navy, was trained as a carrier pilot and stationed in San Diego during the war. After his discharge from the Navy, Clark earned a Master's Degree in Forestry from Yale University in 1948.
As a teenager, he spent his summers cruising timber in the woods of northern Maine and Canada. After Naval service, he joined the James W. Sewall Company as a forester and pilot managing thousands of acres of Maine timberland. His work took him on many adventures, including his piloting of a twin-engine Apache airplane from Old Town to Anchorage, Alaska. With his peers, he founded and restored an abandoned warden's camp into a recreational camp at Millimagassett Lake, one of his favorite places on earth. It has since been enjoyed by generations of family and friends of the Sewall Company. He eventually rose to Vice President of the company until his retirement in 1982.
In Old Town, Clark was an active member of the community, including many years as a member of the Old Town School Board, and, recreationally, an avid outdoorsman who loved to fish and hunt. Together with his wife of 61 years, Peggy, they raised two children. In 2001, Clark and Peggy retired permanently to Siesta Key, Florida where they had previously spent many winters. They loved to dance, walk the beach, and host their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Clark was also an avid golfer for many years, achieving the ultimate goal of a 'hole-in-one.' With charm and humility, Clark connected with many people of all walks of life.
Clark is survived by his daughter, Linda and husband Charles Weeks of Lake Saint Louis, Missouri, his son, Clark III and wife Ann Young of Portland, grandchildren, Joel and wife Laura Weeks, Jenny (Weeks) and husband Todd Murphy, Lindsay (Young) and husband Matt Eouse, Clark Young IV, Alice Young and Jack Young, great-grandchildren, Noah, Grace and Lily Weeks, Lila, Emma and Teddy Eouse and niece, Leslie and husband Cal Pounds.
In addition to his parents, Clark was predeceased by his wife, Peggy Strout Young in 2010 and his sister, Suzanne Young in 1948.
We, his family, thank all the staff and caregivers at The Cedars for their compassion, love and tender care. We also extend our sincere gratitude to The Hospice of Southern Maine for its guidance during the last few days.
A private family memorial will be held at a later date. Arrangements are by Conroy-Tully Crawford Funeral Home, 172 State Street, Portland. To view Clark's memorial page or share an online condolence please visit www.ctcrawford.com.