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James A. Young

April 13, 1935 - June 21, 2014

On June 21, 2014, Machias lost an icon. The mayor of Machias and Commodore of the Pilchuck Yacht Club passed away of congestive heart failure. Jim was a member of many organizations, including Granite Falls Eagles, Snohomish American Legion Post 96, the VFW and Club 170 of Everett and The Moose Club of Port Angeles. Jim was president of his class in 1953 and majored in Ping Pong at Western Washington University.
His sense of humor and his kind and patient ways and practical jokes were among many of his assets. He learned to play drums at a very early age. He set his drums up alongside the road playing to the people driving by. He continued his drumming with Art Schwartzmiller and the Banana Peelers, the band with apeel, The Sauerkraut Band with Gordy Taylor as bandmaster 46 years later.
Jim is survived by his wife, Audrey; brother, Bill; children, Garry, Stacy, Joel, Jeffrey, Diane (Chuck) Howell and family; Jan (Roger) Erlandsen and family; grandchildren, Ana and Eli; great grandson, Titas; nieces and nephews Daryn (Yvonne), Dane (Stacy), Linda (George), Lori (Mark), Doug, Sandy and Chris; many great nieces and nephews, also many dear friends, Thelma Taylor, Jackie Garry Hughes, Don Nelsen, and everyone who stepped through the door at Doc’s Tavern.
Jim’s parents, Alfred (Doc) and Anne, went before Jim, as well as his sister, Marilyn; his niece, Karen; good friend Sharon Nelson and many faithful patrons.
Everyone will miss Jim, but as he always said, “I’ll be right back.”



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