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Willard Young

Birthdate: (84)
Birthplace: Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States
Death: July 25, 1936 (84)
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Brigham Young, President of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and Clarissa Ann Young
Husband of Harriet Hooper
Father of Mary H Young; Harriet Hooper Young; Anna Young; Claire Hooper Young; Alice Young and 1 other
Brother of Mary Eliza Young; Clarissa Maria Young and Phoebe Louisa Young
Half brother of Elizabeth Young; Vilate Decker; Apostle Joseph Angell Young; Mary Ann Young; Apostle Brigham Young, Jr. and 47 others

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About Willard Young

Willard Young (April 30, 1852–Jul. 25, 1936) was a prominent member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who served for many years in the United States military, and later held high positions within the LDS Church's administration. He also served as an educational leader.

Born in Salt Lake City, Utah Territory, Young was the son of Brigham Young and Clarissa Ross Young. His mother died when he was six, and after this Zina D. H. Young acted as his mother. Young is at times described as Zina's "foster son".

In 1860, Young was baptized a member of the LDS Church by James Works.

In 1871, Young began as a cadet at West Point. He graduated from West Point in 1875 and was appointed a second lieutenant with the United States Army Corps of Engineers. From 1875 to 1877 he was stationed at Willet's Point, New York. From 1877 to 1879 he worked under Lieutenant Wheeler in the geographical survey in of the United States west of the 100th meridian.

From 1879 to 1883 Young was an instructor and then a professor at West Point.

Young married Harriet Hooper on August 1, 1882. She was the daughter of Willam H. Hooper. Young was ordained a seventy in 1891 and served as a Mutual Improvement Association Missionary in Davis, Weber and Box Elder counties in northern Utah. While working for the Corps of Engineers, Young was involved in making detailed maps of northern Utah and southern Idaho.

Young was the local supervisor in the construction of the Cascade Locks in Oregon. In 1886 Young was advanced to the rank of captain. From October 1889 to June 1890 Young was stationed in Memphis, Tennessee, supervising the Third District of the Mississippi River.

In 1891, Young resigned from the Army. From 1891 until 1893 Young served as president of Young University. From 1893 to 1895 Young was city engineer for Salt Lake City. He then was appointed Utah's first state engineer, a position he held until the start of the Spanish American War.

In 1896 Young was appointed brigadier-general of the Utah National Guard. He was still serving in this position when the Spanish American War began. He was a key figure in organizing the Utah volunteers. He then was appointed a colonel in the Second Regiment, U.S. Volunteer Engineers. He eventually went to Cuba and served in the army until May 16, 1899.

From 1906 until 1915 Young was the president of the LDS Business College. In this position he had responsibility for general supervision of the Deseret Gym.

From 1907 Young served as an alternate member of the Ensign Stake High Council.

From January 1916 until July 1917 Young served as an assistant to the president of the Logan Utah Temple. With the outbreak of World War I, Young again joined the army. During the war he was in charge of the Kansas City Engineer District.

In 1919 Young was made superintendent of the LDS Church's building activities. From 1923, this department supervised the building of chapels and seminary buildings, providing the architectural plans for the buildings

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Willard Young's Timeline

April 30, 1852
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States
August 17, 1883
Age 31
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States
February 25, 1885
Age 32
Cascade Locks, Hood River County, Oregon, United States
July 9, 1886
Age 34
Cascade Locks, Hood River County, Oregon, United States
July 9, 1886
Age 34
Cascade Locks, Hood River County, Oregon, United States
March 9, 1889
Age 36
Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon, United States
October 4, 1893
Age 41
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States
July 25, 1936
Age 84
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States