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Michael Joseph Young
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Michael Joseph Young, M.D.

Michael Joseph Young, M.D., age 61, of Hot Springs, Arkansas departed this world on Friday, December 29, 2017 after a lengthy illness, surrounded by his family. Dr. Young was born on February 26, 1956 in Bangkok, Thailand where his father was stationed in the United States Air Force. He was the son of Donna Koch Young and the late Dr. Mitchell Michael Young of Texarkana, Texas. He was a graduate of Texas High School Class of 1974 in Texarkana, was an Eagle Scout in Troop 5 of Caddo Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America, and served as Chief of the Order of the Arrow of the Akela Wahinapay Lodge where he spent his summers working at Camp Pioneer Boy Scout Camp in Hatfield, Arkansas. He played football for Texas High School; Deerfield Academy in Deerfield, Massachusetts; Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and was a walk-on at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville where he was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity and completed a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. He worked for Electronic Data Systems in Plano, Texas under H. Ross Perot prior to being accepted to the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, Texas from 1983-1987. He graduated from the University of Texas Health Science Center as a Doctor of Medicine and completed a residency in orthopedic surgery at Tulane Medical Center in New Orleans, Louisiana from 1987-1992 and a Spine Fellowship in Louisville, Kentucky from 1992-1993. He practiced medicine as an orthopedic surgeon in Hot Springs since 1993 with the past six years at CHI St. Vincent Orthopedics Clinic. He loved his patients, his medical colleagues, and the honor and pleasure of working and operating with his brother Chris.

He is preceded in death by his father Dr. Mitchell Young and his grandparents Milburn "Dad" and Margaret Hunter Young of Texarkana, Texas and Walter and Esther Koch of St. Louis, Missouri. He is survived by his wife Mary Ann Willett Young and his daughters Jordan Young of Santa Barbara, California; Kate Young Keller (Carl Keller) of Fayetteville, Arkansas; Merritt Young (Cliff Biedenharn) and his beloved grandson Baer Biedenharn of Fayetteville, Arkansas. He is also survived by his sisters Lesa Young of Hot Springs, Arkansas and Mary Ellen Young of Texarkana, Texas; his brothers and their spouses: Dr. Mark Young of McKinney, Texas; Dr. Tom and Kathleen Young of Texarkana, Texas; Dr. David and Karen Young of Fredericksburg, Texas; Dr. Chris and Tonya Young of Hot Springs, Arkansas; Dr. John and Heather Young of Birmingham, Alabama; Dr. Matt and Cindy Young of Texarkana, Texas; Dr. Patrick and Corie Young of Bend, Oregon, and 32 nieces and nephews.

A rosary will be held on Wednesday, January 3rd at 6:00 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 100 Central Avenue, Hot Springs, Arkansas. A funeral mass will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church on Thursday, January 4th at 10:00 a.m. Family visitation will follow the mass. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made in his honor to St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

His family would like to thank everyone for their steadfast love and support during this time. He was a warrior and fought courageously until the end. He will be forever loved.

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6:00 PM
St. Mary of the Springs Catholic Church

100 Central Avenue
Hot Springs, AR 71913

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10:00 AM
St. Mary of the Springs Catholic Church

100 Central Avenue
Hot Springs, AR 71913


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