Stephen James Young (1950-1992)
Young was raised on a Vermont dairy farm. He served in the U.S. Navy and was a Vietnam veteran. In 1976 he received a degree in Wildlife Management. In January 1977 he became a Fish and Wildlife biologist with the FRS Ecological Services office in Bismarck, North Dakota. There he worked on several major water development projects. IN 1985 he joined the Services Refuges and Wildlife division as Assistant Refuge Manager at Sand Lake National Wildlife Refuge in South Dakota. He also became a refuge law enforcement officer. Young had a strong desire to see Alaska and in 1990 he became Primary Assistant Refuge Manager at Kanuti National Wildlife Refuge. At Kanuti he worked on environmental education and upgrading refuge facilities. In June of 1992 he became Assistant Refuge manger at Yukon Flats National Wildlife Refuge. At Yukon flats he worked on conservation of wetlands and waterfowl for the 5 months before his fatal accident.
Cause of Death
On November 12, 1992 Stephen J. Young, Assistant Refuge manger of the Yukon National Wildlife Refuge, died in an aircraft accident while conducting a moose census on the refuge. Steve was 42 years old. He was survived by his wife Kimberly, daughter Lisa, and son Aaron.
Wildlife Society Bulletin 21 (3) 1993 "Obituary"