James Terrence "Terry" Young

  • Born: July 7, 1937
  • Died: October 1, 2018
  • Location: Cedar Park, Texas

Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home North

3125 N Lamar Blvd.
Austin, TX 78705

Tel. (512) 452-8811

Tribute & Message From The Family

After a wonderfully rich and meaningful life among all he touched, Terry Young passed on to a better existence on October 1, 2018 at his home in Cedar Park with family around him.

He was born July 7, 1937 in Pampa, Texas, to Joe and Nell Young. He grew to be a fine young baseball player after the family relocated to the Rio Grande Valley. While still in his teenage years, Terry revealed himself to be an accomplished sports writer and editor, capacities in which he served for three daily papers while pursuing his love of athletics in high school and beyond. Terry's universe of family, friends and clients is fortunate to have many stories of his life encapsulated in his recently published memoir, "Stop the Train – The Bridge is on Fire!"

Terry was fortunate to marry another avid sports fan, June Winston, in 1961. They would have celebrated their 58th anniversary in January. Together they watched countless hours of baseball – with June pulling for the Yankees while Terry carried the flag for his Astros. Terry could be found with June most summer nights during the past 18 years at the Dell Diamond in Round Rock. There, they were the biggest fans of the Round Rock Express, becoming the team's unofficial ambassadors/public relations agents/superfans for the home team. The baseball connection enabled Terry to host friends and clients and to share his love for the game. He and June had just completed a visit to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York with their whole family in the week before his passing.

During his journalism career, Terry graduated from sports writing to work proudly and effectively as a reporter and bureau manager for United Press International (UPI) in Texas and New Mexico. While on the scene covering such major stories as the Billy Sol Estes scandal in 1962, the Texas White House of the LBJ presidency, and the UT Tower sniper story in 1966, he was published nationally and internationally. His journalistic assignments brought him into contact with movers and shakers in Texas and national politics. He served as President of Austin's Headliners Club in 1981 and was active with many professional Public Relations and Press groups during his career.

Terry's UPI career ultimately led to his association with Texas public relations pioneer Julian Read as a key staff member of the Read-Poland public relations firm. Highlights of Terry's career in public relations include ground-breaking work (literally) with the 1968 World's Fair in San Antonio; front-line representation of Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Bailey Circus; and political work with Ben Barnes, John Connally and later, with a young George W. Bush. He was an avid news reader and clipper, sharing pertinent articles with friends and clients, keeping all of his family and friends informed.

His love of and aptitude for sports resurfaced in 1969 as chief writer for Read-Poland's six-year run producing the Darrell Royal Show. Subsequently he co-hosted the groundbreaking "Football: Southwest Conference Style" with his longtime friend and colleague Gary Pickle, bringing weekly highlights of SWC football to a television audience.

Terry maintained a Christian faith that began in various Baptist churches in Texas and Oklahoma. In the past decade, he has enjoyed his church family at CrossPointe Church in north Austin.

He is survived by June, his wife of more than 57 years; two sons, Wesley Young and wife Camy, and Mitch Young and wife Jeannette; daughter Shannon Hicks and husband Andy; with the entire family located in Austin. Terry is also survived by sister Mary Nell Roos of Providence Ford, Virginia and six grandchildren: Bethany Hicks, Katie Young, Weston Young, Caroline Young, Cameron Young and Brandon Young; and one great-grandchild: Charlie Hicks.

A memorial service and celebration of life will be held at CrossPointe Church, 5703 McNeil Drive, on Monday, October 15 at 3:00 pm. Interment will be earlier that day at the Texas State Cemetery.

Please celebrate Terry's life with us by contributing to one of the following local charities:
Young Life (The Hills Area TX428) P.O. Box 29751, Austin, TX 78755-6751
Mobile Loaves & Fishes, 9301 Hog Eye Road, Suite 950, Austin, TX 78724


Condolence & Memory Journal

Terry was a man of great emotional intelligence with his glass always half full. What a wonderful teacher for those like me that learned so much from him. Thanks for always being you.

Posted by Jonathan Klein - Austin, TX   October 16, 2018

It was my great good fortune to get to know Terry as part of the Old Fitz Table at the Headliners Club. Terry always had a funny story and was a quick wit. Terry will be missed by all who were fortunate enough to be in his company.

Posted by Hector De Leon - Ausitn, TX   October 16, 2018

It has been a highlight of my time since the opening of the Round Rock Express to enjoy the company of Terry and his family. I will miss him so very much. My heart goes out to June and all his family and friends.

Posted by Kathy Wall - Pflugerville, TX - Friend   October 15, 2018

God bless this sweet man
I was blessed to have met him at Dell Diamond
My heart and prayers go his family may they cherish many fond memories

Posted by Lillt Solt - Georgetown, TX - Acquaintance   October 10, 2018

I've had the pleasure, for the last three years, of getting to know Terry by serving him and his dear friends every Tues. am at Jack Allen's Kitchen. Such a sweet man full of love and laughter. Miss you already Terry!

Go Astros!!

Posted by Staci Adams    October 09, 2018

Terry was loved by many and will be missed by all. As a young UT Journalism grad, I was fortunate to acquire Terry as my mentor (before the word became popular). He taught me much, especially how to fight for what's right and gain respect in the workplace. Despite my change in careers, we remained friends for life. Our conversations always included politics, sports and family....evolving from stories about spouses and children to grand-children and then great-grands. His stories were always more colorful. Terry had a way with words, both spoken and written. He was proud of his book and agreed to guest lecture for my writing group. Always wanting more, I convinced him that instead of speaking to one class, he should consider an all-campus lecture at Lone Star College which we were planning for next spring. Entertaining angels suits him equally well. May June and family find solace in their memories and appreciation for his many accomplishments and service to others.

Posted by Cheryl Rummel - The Woodlands, TX - Friend   October 09, 2018


Terry Was a true ambassador of life, love and of course baseball. He was a proud example of how life should be lived and loved. He was a great father, husband,grand father and great grand father. I will cherish and re-read his book every time I feel that the "train is slowing down". Summer nights at the Dell Diamond will not be the same without him.. Go with God my friend. Dennis

Posted by dennis boroczk - georgetown, TX - Friend   October 09, 2018

Terry Young was one of a kind and a kind one. I first got to work with Terry during my time in the DC ofice of Congressman Jake Pickle. Terry was up there frequently for various clients, was generous with his time, stories and political fascination. He and I more or less discovered Szhechuan Chinese food, particularly, at a restaurant in what's now a nicer part of downtown DC. I read somewhere that black fungus-looking mushrooms in several of those Chinese dishes were very healthy for you. So, one day, Terry came into the office and plopped a bag of those dried mysterious chunks on my desk! I never felt healthier! Terry's laughter and story telling were the best medicine of all. Once a friend with him, always a friend. He was loyal, warm and always had time for everyone. I feel so badly about Terry's passing, didn't know he was sick and saw him in a happy way just days before his death on the plane with his family heading to Cooperstown. He said he'd been many times before, but this time with his family would be extra special. Terry knew many greats but didn't let any of them go to his head. He was down to earth, everyone's friend and a true role model for being a gentleman---and a true Texas character. Thanks to you, Terry's family, for sharing him with the rest of us and for generations. We are all better because of Terry.

Posted by Sandy Dochen - Austin, TX - Friend   October 08, 2018

Aunt June, Wes, Mitch, and Shannon,
So sorry to hear of Uncle Terry's passing.
I still remember his/your kindness and hospitality
when I was overseas in Texas my freshman year in college!
God Bless You all! your niece and cousin, Kristi Pedersen

Posted by Kristi Pedersen - McCall, ID - Family   October 08, 2018

Sincere condolences for June and Family. May your grief be brief and your many precious memories last forever.

Posted by Ken Tooley - Austin, TX - Friend   October 08, 2018

So sorry to hear of Terry's passing. Sending hugs and prayers to June and family.

Posted by Janie Boyle - Austin, TX - Friend   October 08, 2018

Terry was a wonderful friend to many people, always offering assistance to anyone who needed it. I'm glad he recently published his entertaining memoir, saw the Astros win the World Series and spent quality time with his great-grandchild, Charlie. Many of us will miss Terry and his funny stories over lunch.. My thoughts and prayers go to his lovely wife June and his children and grandchildren. Myra Brodnax, Friend, Onalaska, WI (formerly of Austin, TX)

Posted by Myra Brodnax - Onalaska, WI - Friend   October 08, 2018

Shannon and Family, there are no words to tell you how sorry we are for the loss of your father and we wish we could take away your pain. Just know that we are thinking about you and praying for comfort for you and your family. Love, Scott and Sherrie Hegel

Posted by Sherrie Hegel - Georgetown, TX - Friend   October 07, 2018

June, may all the wonderful memories of life with Terry bring peace and joyful feelings to you. Prayers for all the family and friends. Terry will be missed by all that were blessed by knowing him.

Posted by Martha Mobley - Georgetown, TX - Friend   October 07, 2018

I have shared two meals with Terry Young. One was thirty years ago, at a rehearsal dinner prior to the marriage of my youngest sister and Terry's son, Mitch. The other was this past June, around my mother's dining room table. Each time, Terry was doing what God made him to do, entertaining friends with adventures from his years as a journalist. Someone once said, "A man should live his life in such a way that he has stories to tell eight-year-olds." Terry Young's life was a tale for all ages. It lives on in the hearts of those who knew him best and loved him most. I suspect he's already telling stories in heaven.

Posted by Will Cunningham - Denver, CO - Family   October 06, 2018

Terry Young was a true Texan, and there could be no higher compliment for anyone. He not only knew people, he knew how to treat them with respect, decency and friendliness, no matter their station in life. He related to everyone from presidents to the most common among us with humility and compassion in the best sense of a Christian.

Posted by Christopher Calnan - Cambridge, MA - Friend   October 06, 2018


Shannon, Praying for God's peace and comfort for you and the entire Young family as you celebrate your dad's amazing life. I'm so sorry for your loss.

Posted by Karlen Gross - Austin, TX - Friend   October 06, 2018

It was an honor to call him a friend. Enjoyed many great stories. Deepest sympathies to June and the family.

Posted by Tim Hemphill - NOLA, LA - Friend   October 05, 2018

Terry never met a stranger. Thank you for sharing Terry with so many. Now we all share your loss.

Posted by Pat Baldwin - Georgetown, TX - Friend   October 05, 2018


Terry was one of a kind and gave so much to help others. He will forever be remembered as my mentor, friend and as the "baseball man," by my children. His life was so full and we were blessed to be part of the overflow. We are praying for the family and sending hugs from a far. Love, Dominic (Ybarra), Ryan, Luke and Charlie Ekarius

Posted by Dominic Ekarius - Renton, WA - Family Friend   October 05, 2018

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