He was born in Winona, Minnesota, on June 6, 1955, to parents, Lloyd Aaron Young and Josephine Geraldine Young (née Modrzejewski), of Winona.
Larry was baptized in St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church of Winona and spent his early years in Winona and Crookston, MN. His family moved to Elkland, MO in 1966, where he attended high school in nearby Marshfield, graduating in 1973. He was active in Future Farmers of America, and decided to major in Agriculture Economics while attending the University of Missouri - Columbia from 1973 to 1978.
After college, Larry worked as an assistant manager for Wal-Mart, eventually moving to Huntsville, TX. After ten years as a manager, he resigned from Wal-Mart to enroll in Sam Houston State University, where he obtained a Master of Science in Computing and Information Science in 1992 and Master of Education in Industrial Education in 1996. In 1990, he began teaching computer programming for Lee College at the Huntsville Center primarily in the Huntsville "Walls" Prison unit of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice in Huntsville. While teaching there, he was named Vocational Teacher of the Year – Huntsville Center for the 1994-95 and 1998-99 academic years.
Larry met his wife, Lisa, in College Station in 1988, and they married in Huntsville on June 26, 1993. They continued to live and work in Huntsville until January 2001, when they moved to Bryan, TX. In Bryan, Larry began teaching computer science for Blinn College – Bryan. He retired from teaching in 2005 when they moved to Beeville, TX.
Larry had a wonderful sense of humor, which stayed with him to the end of his life. He was a patient teacher and kind and helpful to all around him. He had a lifelong love of games of all kinds, from traditional card games to board games, and later, computer games. He began to play chess in college, and eventually competed at the state and national level. He was a life member of the U.S. Chess Federation, and an active member in the Texas Chess Association, the Huntsville Chess Club and Bryan-College Station Chess Clubs. He played in, hosted, and directed many chess tournaments in Texas during the 1980's and 1990's. During the 1990's, he coached public school students in the Huntsville schools for state chess tournament competition. He also enjoyed playing racquetball and tennis during his later years.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Lloyd Aaron and Josephine Young of Elkland, MO; father-in-law, Gregory W. Craig; and brother-in-law, Brian W. Craig.
Larry is survived by his wife of eighteen years, Karen "Lisa" Craig-Young; mother-in-law, Nelda H. Craig; brother, Roger and wife, Sharlene Young of Elkland, MO; sister, Sandra Lumley of Strafford, MO; brother, Robert and wife, Deborah Young of San Diego, CA; brother, Kenneth and wife, Vicky Young of Elkland, MO; brother, Anthony and wife, Michela Young of Bonita, CA; and brother, Lloyd Young of Edmonton, Alberta; and numerous nieces, nephews, and grand-nieces and grand-nephews.
The family would like to thank Dr. Mathew Alexander, Dr. Emile Salloum, and Dr. Kimberly Stewart, of Corpus Christi, and Exclusive Home Health and Hospice of Beeville, TX.
The family requests no flowers.
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Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Grimes Funeral Chapels of Kerrville.
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