Mustang grieves loss of longtime resident, commissioner

Longtime Mustang resident Don Young, 88, died last Tuesday at his home in Mustang.
Young grew up in Mustang and graduated from Mustang High School in 1946.
Young did many things, making him a staple to the Mustang community, as well as all of Canadian County.
He was an area farmer and rancher his entire life, was a mechanic and woodworker, was an organizer of Boy Scouts Troop #396, an FFA Honorary Chapter farmer, Mustang Hall of Fame recipient, Mustang Postmaster in 1957, Mustang’s first volunteer police chief, a member of the Mustang United Methodist Church and Mustang Masonic Lodge, and served as a Canadian County Commissioner for District 2 for 18 years.
County Commissioner Dave Anderson, who serves the same district as Young once did, said he’s known Young his whole life.
“He and I shared common interest like farming, hard work and family values,” Anderson said of Young. “He sold seed wheat and seed oat and I would buy from him and talk to him about planting ratios and stuff like that—this has been 20 years ago. He’s my father’s generation. I grew up with his three kids. He’s just a very well-known person in the Mustang community.”
Anderson attended the funeral service on Monday morning.
“It was good, as far as funerals go. It was a celebration of [Young’s] longtime public service and hard work,” Anderson said.
Anderson noted how admirable Young’s devotion to his wife, Doris, of 68 years truly is.
“I would like to say that he was a role model for me and husbands and wives of my generation with his devotion to his wife and her devotion to him and their family. He’s a good role model for people of my generation and even kids today,” Anderson said.

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