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Young, Cary

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December 2, 1933 - April 23, 2015

Young, Cary

Cary Young of Plano, Texas, died on April 23, 2015. He was born in Port Arthur, Texas on December 2, 1933 to Sherman and Gladys Carpenter Young.

He attended public schools in Port Arthur and graduated from Stephen F. Austin H.S. as valedictorian of his class in 1951. He attended the University of Texas where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in 1955, and the Bachelor of Laws degree in 1956.

After graduation from law school, Mr. Young practiced law briefly in Port Arthur, and after three years as an international petroleum lawyer, he returned to Port Arthur in 1962 as City Attorney. In 1966 he became City Attorney of Garland, and left that post in 1969 to resume his career in international petroleum law in Houston; Bogota, Columbia; and Dallas. He retired at the end of 1991 from Oryx Energy Company, and in 1992 began a private legal and consulting practice, handling petroleum-related matters in the former Soviet Union republics of Kazakhstan, Georgia, Azerbaijan and Armenia.  He retired definitively after leaving Georgia in November 2003 on the Saturday before Eduard Shevardnadze’s resignation as president.

Mr. Young was a lifelong seeker of truth and the perfect chicken fried steak, and an avid reader and student of languages and history. He enjoyed classical music, classic and satirical comedies, and medicinal red wine. He was affiliated with North Texas Mensa for the last 30 years. He loved the law, but was dismayed at the low state to which the profession has fallen. By the same token, he was raised in the shadow of a Southern Baptist church, and was also saddened by the politicization of that organization. He had no use for bigotry in any form, intellectual dishonesty, political correctness, the culture of entitlement and the greed of corporate executives.

His philosophy was best expressed by the character Manny Yokum in the bygone comic strip Li’l Abner, written and drawn by the late Al Capp:  “Good is better than evil, because it’s nicer.”

Mr. Young is survived by his daughters whom he loved unconditionally, Stephanie Louise Young of Plano and Felicia Frances Young Whisenhunt and her husband Ty of Farmers Branch; by his grandsons Fletcher and Fenix Whisenhunt; by his brothers Chester Young of Austin, Joe Young of Port Arthur, and John Young of Brenham, and numerous nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents, by his sister Ruth Young Justice, and by his brothers Pierce Young and Sherman Young, Jr.

Services were at Oak Bluff Cemetery in Port Neches, Texas at 10:00am on Friday, May 1.

Donations can be made in his honor to the Alzheimer Association at alz.org. Click on “Donate”, then choose “Tribute/Memorial Donation”.

Arrangements are under the direction of
ARIA Cremation Service and Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road
Dallas, Texas 75252
214-306-6700

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Mary Buchanan Nall

May 12, 2015 11:07AM

I remember Cary as a wonderful father to his children. He always came around to see Stephanie at work at Oryx Energy and I got an opportunity to meet and be around him. He was a great guy, full of humor and love.


Rob Thomas

May 12, 2015 8:47AM

I was a colleague of Cary Young with Oryx back in the day. A wonderfully written obituary for an authentic man.


Amye Terzia Wilson

May 12, 2015 8:09AM

Cary always put a smile on my face even when he got serious with me about his legal opinions. With admiration,
Amye