By Ron Hayes
MANALAPAN — To the fellow Hoosiers who knew his auto dealership, he was “Big Dan Young, Chevy dealin’ man.”
To the local institutions that benefitted from his generosity, Dan Young was known for his big heart.
Mr. Young was killed March 29 in an automobile accident at the corner of Dixie Highway and Ocean Avenue in Lantana.
He was 83.
“I always found him to be such a gracious, giving person,” said Pat Thorne, a friend of nearly 20 years. “Sometimes you hated to mention a charity you were working with because you were afraid he’d think, ‘Oh, I have to give them money.’ ”
Among the local institutions that Mr. Young supported are Northwood University, Hospice of Palm Beach County, the International Society of Palm Beach, the Gulf Stream School and Scripps Research.
“My heart broke when I received the call about his death,” said Ben Starling, director of philanthropy for Scripps and a longtime friend. “Dan was a champion of all things good and noble, who could always be counted on to be a leader in any fundraising endeavor. He gave from the heart.”
Mr. Young also had served as director of the JFK Medical Center Foundation, where several rooms bear his name.
“He was just a very caring and compassionate person,” said Madelyn Christopher, the center’s vice president of physician services. “Having been both a donor and a patient here, he just wanted things to be better for those admitted to the hospital, and once he took something on, he was dedicated to it.”
Dan E. Young was born on June 28, 1929, in Indianapolis and took pride in having developed his retail car dealership from humble beginnings.
Mr. Young shared his life with his longtime companion, Valerie Christopher.
In addition to his brother, John, and sister, Beverly Sinkin, he is survived by his wife, Shirley Pollard Young, and their children, Alan V. Young, Cathy Young Dyer, William A. Young and Jennifer Young Taggart; seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Memorials in his name may be made to Scripps Research, Office of Philanthropy, 130 Scripps Way-4B2, Jupiter, FL 33458.
By Ron Hayes