Marshall Young

Marshall "Mart" Young

April 15, 1937 — Jan. 28, 2019

Celebration of Life

  •   Starts:
    Sat, March 30 2019, 2 p.m.
  •   Ends:
    6 p.m.
  •   Location:

    Anthology Event Center

Marshall William Young “Mart”, 81, of Richland, WA, passed away on January 28, 2019. He was born in Eureka, CA, on April 15, 1937 to Ralph and Violet Young.

During his early years Mart worked with his father, mother, and sister on the family’s dairy farm in Arcata California. While attending a one-room school of only a couple dozen students, Mart decided, at the age of 14, that a life of farming really didn’t suit him. In a defining moment, he decided that he would become an engineer. This calculus set his life’s course.    

Graduating High School a year early, Mart enrolled in the mechanical engineering program at nearby Humboldt State University where he played football for two years. In order to help pay for his education and true to his Scandinavian heritage, Mart worked in the Redwood lumber industry where, often working alongside his father, he learned to adapt to and master a variety of logging trades. These included working the green-chain, setting chokers, running a skid loader, driving log trucks, and off loading the head mill. He transferred to the Berkley campus of the University of California where he continued to support himself and fund his education with work as the night manager at a hotel and other odd jobs.

During this time, Mart’s second life defining moment occurred when he met, briefly dated, and married the love of his life Delilah, whose name he immediately shortened to Dee, the name she proudly uses to this day. Mart took a night job working at Aerojet General Corporation and then transferred to the Davis campus of the University of California where, as part of his education, he found employment building the first mechanical engineering labs on the Davis campus. While there, he achieved the degree of Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering.

Between 1957 and 1972, Mart’s work at Aerojet revolved around the design, development, and procurement of the cryogenic liquid fuel pumps for the Titan Missile program. From there he moved on to do work on the million-pound thrust M-1 rocket engine, and he finished his Aerojet career working on the nuclear powered NERVA rocket engine, often spending time at the colorfully named test site at Jack Ass Flats, Nevada.  As these programs wound down, Mart read the writing on the wall and upped stakes. On his birthday in 1972 he moved his young family, which now included sons Mike and Tim, to Richland, Washington to work for the Westinghouse Hanford Company as a “cog” engineer on the liquid Sodium coolant pumps of the Fast Flux Test Facility (FFTF). In this role he participated in design and testing of breeder reactor technologies on the Department of Energy’s Hanford site.  As the FFTF project evolved, he moved into management. He and his team of “professional troubleshooters” were involved in projects in the nuclear facilities all across the Hanford site until his retirement in 1995.  

In “retirement” Mart spent 14 years volunteering at the Columbia River Exhibition of History Science and Technology (The CREHST Museum). Mart’s work at the museum, like his other “careers” was diverse. He most enjoyed his time as a docent, but also worked at many other “behind the scenes” tasks.

A lifelong 49rs fan, Mart also enjoyed fishing, hunting, water and snow skiing. Many neighbors and friends remember Mart’s passion for rebuilding and “hot rodding” cars and boats and for helping friends with all things mechanical. He was active in the Desert Ski Club of Richland, organizing ski trips, singing and playing guitar and he served one term as club president.

Mart’s proudest role was that of Husband and Father. His legacy lives on in his beloved sons and their families. Mart approached every day with the analytical mind of an engineer, the hands of a skilled craftsman, the enthusiasm of a born teacher, and the heart and caring soul of a dedicated husband, father, trusted advisor, neighbor and true friend.

His wife Dee, sons Mike and Tim, daughters-in-law Wendy and Cindy, his grandchildren Zachary and Sage, his sister Sandra Kilmer and her family, and his sister-in-law Nancy, brother-in-law Ron, and their family survive him. He is preceded in death by his father Ralph Best “RB” Young, his mother Violet Linnea Young, and brother-in-law Terry Kilmer.

A Celebration of Mart's life will be held on March 30, 2019 from 2 until 6 PM at the Anthology Event Center at 706 Williams Boulevard, in Richland, Washington

The family encourages you to consider donating to the American Heart Association, or COPD Fountain or other charity of your choosing in lieu of sending flowers.


Guestbook for

Marshall "Mart" Young

  • So sorry for your loss. God bless your family through this difficult time. Sending prayers your way.

    Carl and Debi Lujan
    March 3, 2019
  • In today's world, there are very few backyard neighbors who don't want fences put up so they can interact with you. But Mart was that kind of neighbor. We have been privileged to share a big yard with he and Dee for 36 years. Hope he has a huge backyard in the sky now, and many neighbors to celebrate eternity with!

    Nancy Johnson
    Feb. 26, 2019
    Richland, WA
  • Mart Young worked tirelessly for the CREHST Museum. No job was too large. He shared his knowledge of the nuclear industry and in particular the Manhattan Project with anyone who entered the doors of the museum. He did it with such good humor. He was more than a docent, giving his time and energy to all parts of the Museum. Thank You for all you did for CREHST. Your passing has left a big hole in the world. We shall miss you deeply. We were so lucky to have had you as our friend and will carry you with us through the rest of our lives. Cheers Nick & Ellen Low

    Nick & Ellen Low
    Feb. 17, 2019
    Lincoln, England
  • I first met Mart while we were both working on FFTF for Westinghouse. He, of course, was the smart young engineer, while I was a P.R and Admin donkey. But I also had the fortune to be a neighbor for some 45 years... and as a neighbor, I found out that Mart could fix anything. From my bent trailer axel, to the chain saw I only used once every 5 or 10 years. He'd start driving slowly up the street, look over, and if it seemed I was having trouble with something, he'd stop, leave his truck running (and blocking most of Somerset St)...and come to see if he could lend a hand. That Dee put up with him for all these years - I say with a smile -- is a mystery. My only regret is that he didn't let me have first shot at the '49 Ford Coupe he was fixing up. That was the first car I ever owned. We will all miss our great neighbor ... Mart Young gary

    Gary Petersen
    Feb. 16, 2019
    North Richland neighbor
  • I was a member of Mart and Dee wedding party. I remember they got married on the first day of summer. In the Sacramento Valley it was HOT! It was the beginning of a long marriage. I did not get to watch their two boys grow up I did get to visit them in the last few years. Mart made sure that I got to see what their life together and where he worked in the weeks I was there. They have two wonderful sons and some very loving neighbors to look after my BFF Delilah from now on for him.

    Barbara Bolton
    Feb. 15, 2019
    Marysville, California
  • Mart's wife Dee has asked me to inform you that, Because of the inclement weather, the services have been changed to March 30, 2019 from 2 until 6 PM at the Anthology Event Center at 706 Williams Boulevard, in Richland, Washington.

    Nancy Johnson
    Feb. 14, 2019
  • I knew Mart from a early age. We both attended Warren Creek Elementary School (one room with 8 grades in it) and Arcata High. Ralph and Violet and Mart and Sandy were some of our closest friends. We shared family gatherings with both families including cousins and many, many friends. Mart loved fast cars and so did his brother-in-law Terry. I can remember the two of them bragging about who could drive the fastest on West End and Warren Creek roads. Everyone knew it was smartest to be off the road whenever either one of them was on it! Mart was truly a wonderful, kind and sweet friend. It didn't hurt that he looked like Marlon Brando either.

    Leslee Launer
    Feb. 14, 2019
    Arcata California
  • Very sorry to read of the passing of Mart Young. He was my boss for a short time at Westinghouse Hanford, and became a good friend. Sad to see him go. My sincere condolences to his family. Gerald Woodcock

    Gerald Woodcock
    Feb. 10, 2019
  • Mart is the consulate back door neighbor everyone wishes they had! I really enjoyed knowing him and sharing a common border and love of barbeque! Always ready to help he even successful welded my Grandfathers treasured, store stop chair. He is missed

    Kurt Johnson
    Feb. 9, 2019
  • As a kid Mart disciplined himself daily with daily chores. Living in the country, time permitting he found fun swimming, fishing, listening to radio programs & ALWAYS reading. He taught me to hit a baseball, catch a football, reline brakes & how an engine runs. The Hero chemical within exemplified ethics of loyalty & strength yet tenderness was there for family & animals. With his crooked smile & twinkle in blue sparkling eyes he could tease & entertain that was fun for all. He was ALWAYS there for me. God did an amazing job creating my brother Mart & we were all blessed to have had him! Sister Sandra Sue

    Sandy Kilmer
    Feb. 8, 2019
    Moses Lake
  • Love, your favorite knees (and niece)

    Veronica Lujan
    Feb. 7, 2019
    San Francisco
  • Mart Young was an exceptional man in every way. He was a great Father to Mike and Tim, but was a surrogate Father to Matt, Dave and me, as well. He served as a mentor and guide to us as children, young men, and on to adulthood. His sharp mind and quick wit will be remembered fondly. May his memory be eternal. Highest Regards, Demetrios T. Lahiri

    Demetrios Lahiri
    Feb. 7, 2019
    Highland Park, Texas

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