Tim Young, 49, will be remembered for his work with Pequot Lakes youth athletics and his dedication to helping kids.
“He was great, a giving guy,” Jim Urseth said of Young, who died Sunday, Dec. 9, of an accidental, self-inflicted gunshot wound while hunting with a muzzleloader in Mission Township.
“He never asked for anything in return, never asked for the limelight, no accolades. He just really loved helping the kids,” Urseth said.
Young, of Breezy Point, and Urseth coached Pequot Lakes youth football together for four years, and Young coached Urseth’s son in baseball. Young, a general contractor, and his wife, Deniece, also did work on Urseth’s property.
“Because we were friends it was difficult to pay him,” Urseth said. He just wanted a bowl of chili or a beer. He was a happy-go-lucky guy.”
Urseth said Young would be remembered for his absolute generosity and the time and effort he devoted to kids, including his own children in their sports and activities.
“He was absolutely committed to the youth of Pequot,” Urseth said. “It’s a tremendous loss for the community and a tremendous loss for Pequot Lakes athletics. He really really gave of his time.”
Chuck Lane also remembers Young for his coaching. Lane coached football with Young, and also coached Young’s son in basketball. Though they knew each other through athletics, they were friends.
“Not a lot of coaches carry themselves the way Tim did with athletes. You could just tell that he cared about each athlete, and he put his heart and soul into coaching,” Lane said.
Lane said Young had gained tremendous respect among his players.
“If a kid was struggling, Tim was the kind of guy to help the athlete out, and if they needed a shoulder to lean on, Tim would be there to lean on.
“As a coach he always expected, because of his passion, the most out of each athlete. And kids respected that. If a kid wasn’t living up to their potential, he let them know,” Lane said.
Lane said Young’s passion for athletics was also expressed through his work in the football boosters club.
Young’s work with the boosters included coordinating fundraisers to raise money for new bleachers at the football field.
“When he would take on a challenge, he would go full force, he gave it everything he had,” Lane said.
Jackie Cogan, who works in Pequot Lakes Community Education’s youth sports, also knew Young through his volunteer work in youth sports.
“He was really good with the kids; the kids really loved him. He was very fair and knowledgeable,” Cogan said of Young’s work.
Young has five children, ages 12 to 28. A funeral service for Young was held Saturday, Dec. 15, at Crosslake Lutheran Church.