After a long life of service for the Lord as a Catholic Priest, John Melvin Young was called to his eternal reward on Wednesday, June 4, 2014.
Msgr. Young (Father Mel to his friends) completed his studies for the priesthood at St. John’s Seminary, Camarillo, California. He was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles on May 3, 1947.
His many priestly assignments began at All Saints Parish in Los Angeles. Also in Los Angeles he was assigned to St. Anselms for a long stay, as well as St. Gregory, and St. Eugene. He also served at St. Catherine Laboure in Torrance, St. Bridget of Sweden in Van Nuys, Our lady of Perpetual Help in Downey, and Holy Cross in Santa Barbara.
In addition to his parish ministry, Father Mel had several other appointments for the Archdiocese: Consultor, member of the Marriage Tribunal and Dean. He was elevated to the dignity of Monsignor on April 25, 1978.
After 50 years of priestly service, Msgr. Mel retired from active assignments in 1997, but continued to help out and fill in for other priests whenever he could. He provided his help not only in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, but also in the Diocese of San Diego and the Diocese of Portland Oregon.
In 2009, he moved to Roseburg Oregon, where many of his family resides. He served at St. Josephs in Roseburg and St. Frances in Sutherlin until this past year.
Father Mel was loved by many. He was known for his sociability and pleasantness, and for his homilies that were short - to the point - and taught a valuable lesson. He will be missed by his family, his many friends, his former parishioners and those who participated in the trips he lead to the Holy Land.
He is preceded in death by his parents John Edison Young and Rita Frilot Young, his older brother James Frederick Young and younger brother Harold Horace Young. He leaves behind his sister-in-law Betty Young, nieces Brigid Kennaday and husband Rick, Dodie Mills and husband Tom, and nephews John Young, Tim Young and Kevin Young and wife Anita, as well as other nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.
Services are scheduled for Saturday, June 14, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. at St. Joseph Church. A reception will follow.