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Carolyn L. (Harrison) Young

Carolyn L. (Harrison) Young


Carolyn L. (Harrison) Young, of St. George, Utah, passed away from natural causes Nov. 20, 2017, at her home, with her husband, loving companion and caregiver Jim Young by her side. She was 80.

She was born on May 20, 1937, in Ely, White Pine County, Nevada, to Lucille Gubler and Kelly Harrison.

Carolyn graduated from Brigham Young University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and worked for a short time for the newspaper in Ely.

She was married to her best friend and companion for 57 years, Jimmy (Jim) Young, a veteran of the United States Navy. 

A kind and loving companionship that began initially from a blind date would lead them to their new home in Sitka in 1963.

She worked for a short time as a clerk for the Sitka Police Department, then she and Jim for several years owned the Russian Bell Jewelers, located at the front of the Franklin Building.

After the store was sold, she worked for a short time for the Elks Lodge and eventually took a job – which she dearly loved – at the Sheldon Jackson  Museum on the campus of Sheldon Jackson.

Carolyn enjoyed traveling, crafts, music and dancing. She enjoyed studying history, especially that of Southeast Alaska, and had a deep love for Sitka. After much thought she and Jim decided to retire to the warmer and drier climate of St. George, Utah, in 2001.

While she deeply enjoyed being reacquainted with her sisters, Janet and Claudia, and her brother, Warren, she often spoke of how much she missed living in Sitka, her home. 

She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Carolyn is survived by her husband, Jim Young, of St. George; sisters Janet (Dean Adams) of St. George, and Claudia (Tom Kalleres) of Sandy, Utah; brother Warren Harrison (Peggy) of Boise, Idaho; son, Michael Young of Brigham City, Utah; and daughter, Kim Young (Bo Graham) of Kannapolis, N.C.

Eight grandchildren and five great- grandchildren, as well as many nieces and nephews, also survive.

The family would like to thank her nieces Kate Adams (Trino Valladolid) and Jean Adams (Max Anderson) for the countless hours of kind and loving service for both Mom and Dad, her family said.


According to Carolyn’s wishes, private services were held at the graveside in Kanosh, Utah, on November 25, 2017.

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