John Clark Young
BURLINGTON FLATS — The Rev. John Clark Young, a true man of God and long-time resident of Burlington Flats, passed into the loving arms of his Lord and Savior early Friday afternoon, March 22, 2013, in the woods near his home. He was 69.
John was born Jan. 9, 1944, in Somerset, N.J., the son of John S. and Elizabeth H. (Richvalsky) Young.
Raised in New Jersey, John graduated from the Bridgewater Raritan High School with the Class of 1963. Following graduation he joined the United States Air Force and served at New Amsterdam Air Force Base in Holland as an automotive repairman with a supporting unit of U.S. forces providing the major air defense for the NATO countries. He was honorably discharged in 1967, and served with the reserves until 1969.
Upon his return to New Jersey, John was employed by Somerset Valley Construction as a heavy equipment mechanic until 1973.
He then moved to Burlington Flats where he met Irene C. Banner. They were married June 11, 1977, at the Cooperstown United Methodist Church.
John was employed at Skinner & Damulis in Richfield Springs from 1976 until 1983. Since 1987, John has owned and operated John Young Repair on Angel Hill Road.
It was while John was attending the Schuyler Lake United Methodist Church in the late 1970s that he was called to the ministry of his beloved Savior. John's passion was preaching The Word and he served as a lay pastor for the Schuyler Lake and Wells Bridge United Methodist Churches from 1984 until 1986, when he began his pastorate at the Burlington Green Baptist Church and the Universal Unitarian Church in Schuyler Lake.
Ordained on Aug. 29, 1993, at the Burlington Green Baptist Church, he retired from there in 2006. Following his retirement, John led a Bible study which grew into the opening of the Light Walkers Baptist Church in Morris. He was the pastor there from 2009 until 2012. Most recently John attended the Oneonta First Baptist Church and participated in a weekly Bible study there, as well as one in Schuyler Lake.