Bratcher Funeral Home

401 West Woodard, Denison, TX


John Reagan Young

March 16, 1951July 30, 2020

John Young, 69, of Denison, Texas passed away on July 30, 2020, surrounded by his family and loved ones. He was born to parents William Roland Young and Billie Ruth Young on March 16, 1951, in Mesquite, TX. John graduated Bryan Adams high school where he was the Captain of the Golf Team. He also had a passion for history which he studied at East Texas State University. He was a proud member of the Sherman evening Lions Club and Board of Directors at the Red River Railroad Museum.

He married Lea, the love of his life on September 28, 2000, who survives him. John is also survived by his Sister Barbara, his three sons Anthony, Bradley, and Chris, his 4 daughters Jamie, Katryna, Brittney, and Alaina, his brother in law Billy, as well as a host of grandchildren. John was predeceased by parents William Roland Young, Billie Ruth Young and Sister Sharon Elizabeth Young.

John was known for his love of the game. Golf, football, baseball, poker, miniature golf and many more. John’s passion for golf was passed down from his dad and is what grew his passion for sports. While competition and winning fueled John, he was the biggest sore loser when it came to fantasy football. Somehow year after year, despite endless simulations to perfect his approach, he would still lose and his wife would always win. Everyone knew the only thing he really cared about was the opportunity to bond with his sons each year.

We cannot forget John's passion for movies. He also obtained that passion from his father whose movie theaters John grew up in. John would watch every movie that came into theaters and was famous for his consistent Facebook movie reviews that were always profoundly insightful and if not incredibly sarcastic..

Anyone who knew John will immediately remember his unforgettable sense of humor which he passed down to his children. John could light up any room he walked into with his quick wit and banter. One thing John was always serious about was his consistent acts of service and selflessness. John was a coach for The Medallions girl’s softball team and the Cincinnati Reds boy’s baseball team where his children played. He later volunteered with various organizations to make a difference in his community. He was a mentor and confidant to many, and has touched countless lives throughout the years.

We will hold a celebration of life at a date yet to be determined due to the current health crisis. Details will be updated here and on social media as soon as they are available.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in John's memory may be made to Red River Railroad Museum, 101 East Main St., Suite 145, Denison, Texas 75021.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.bratcherfuneralhome.com for the Young family.


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Jamie Paris

August 4, 2020

You came into my life when I was just 6 months old. You didn’t have to love me like your own but you did. When I was younger, I was not always a fan of your sarcasm. I find it amusing that the man I love is almost as sarcastic. I will never forget the first time you guys met, it was comedy hour at the hospital. You two were like peas in a pod. My love for softball (and The Rangers) came from you. You coached me and that is the reason I chose to coach Sid - I will always cherish those memories. My first “job” was with you at Putt Putt at the ticket redemption counter, I was just 12 years old and thought I was so cool! I got to go behind the counter and help with tournaments. I got to act like I worked there because I was John’s daughter. The same was the case at Cinemark when I got to watch all the new movies! I was not always the best step daughter but the thing is you never treated me like a step daughter. We have not always been the closest but something that has never changed is you would always call me on my birthday and wish me Happy Birthday. Yesterday was the first time in 43 years I didn’t hear your voice on my birthday. I’m not going to lie, I didn’t feel like celebrating and I felt the pain of losing you all over again. One of the last things you said to me is “I hope you succeed in everything you do in life.” I may not succeed in everything but I promise I will never stop trying to make you proud. I love you Dad.

Dale Reynolds

August 2, 2020

I have known John Young for 40 Years.Great guy I’m going to miss him calling me for travel advice on a plane or a Cruise which I loved to give.And he was my movie critic.I think he has seen every movie there is.And he would call me and ask how my poker playing is going ,we would meet at times at Winstar and play the Wednesday tournament he knocked me out several times,but we had fun...I’m going to miss you my friend....Until we meet again one day....RIP John Young.....

Debbie Murray

August 1, 2020

Although John and I graduated from Bryan Adams HS in 1969 we only became friends through Facebook. His main love was his wife Lea and spoke often of his respect and admiration for her. He loved movies, cards and his last home in Denison and working there at the railroad museum. I will miss his heart and our random phone conversations. Condolences to Lea and their children.

Janine Frazzini Nelms

August 1, 2020

John was a thoughtful, kind, and dedicated guy with a sarcastic sense of humor that I totally related to. It was a pleasure knowing him and being his friend. I will always remember that last phone call when he gave me a hard time for not going to a meeting when he did. He made me laugh. I will miss my upcoming 1st Vice President and I know his passing leaves a giant hole in so many lives. Rest well John, you are loved and greatly missed.

Bryan Weatherford

July 30, 2020

Wow- where to start.
I met John @1976 when we were managers for Putt-Putt. We became fast friends, and shared numerous adventures together. Work, golf, poker, fantasy football, racquetball, trips, movies, sporting events, and so much more.

In recent years, John was the dealer for a weekly poker game at my house. He became friends with all of the players quickly.

I’ll always remember his quick wit, and amazing memory for trivial things like sports stats and movie trivia. Always impressed me.

I, like so many others, will miss him greatly.
God’s Speed dear friend.

Debbie Stephens

July 30, 2020

RIP John. Some long ago memories came flooding back today. Love your son.

Liz Fauley

July 30, 2020

Prayers for the Family.... I was so sad to hear of Johns passing, he was a kind, sweet man. God Bless, Liz


July 30, 2020

RIP John. I remember you as a very nice man that was full of fun with a positive outlook on life.