Robert Young, Jr. passed away peacefully at his home on March 6, 2018 at the age of 87 years. Bob was born to Robert and Anna Young in San Mateo, California.
Bob's father was a lifelong horseman, who provided him the opportunity to develop an appreciation for the bond between man and horse, an appreciation he carried through his entire life. As a young man, Bob worked and excelled as a carpenter. He was a strong swimmer, and was a member of his championship collegiate water polo team. Bob was inspired at an early age to pursue a career as a veterinarian. After his military service during the Korean War, he was accepted to the University of California at Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. Upon graduation in 1961 he moved to Modesto, California and joined the Shell Development Company, where he contributed to improvements in animal health and safety for 18 years. He subsequently worked in private practice until his retirement in 1997. He was a lifetime member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, as well as a number of other professional organizations. While in college, Bob met and fell in love with a beautiful woman who shared his passion for horses. Their first date was on horseback at his parent's farm. That experience sealed the deal, and Bob and Lori were married July 2, 1955. They had three sons, David, Ted, and Jon, who inherited their father's love of the outdoors. To them, he was the greatest teacher of work ethic, the value of personal responsibility and honesty, and valuing the importance of maintaining a good quality of life. He made friends easily, and was never at a loss for words in the company of others. The Young family kept a small ranch and raised Arabian horses for competitive trail riding and endurance racing. Bob successfully completed the grueling 100 mile Tevis Cup race, from Squaw Valley to Auburn, eight times. He also enjoyed backpacking, fishing, and hunting. He was a master woodworker, and took great pleasure in creating things with his hands. In addition to horses, Bob had many dogs during his life, but none that he loved more than his last Doberman, "Rowdy", whom he had dearly missed for the past year. Bob is survived by Lori, his wife of 62 years; his children David (Corie), Ted, and Jon; his grandchildren Brandon, Lauren, Sierra, Zac, and Clayton. At Bob's request, there will be no public memorial service. In Bob's honor, please feel free to donate to the animal charity of your choice .