Carroll Young 1937-2023

Carroll Young 1937-2023

Carroll Dean Young, age 85, of Santa Fe, N.M., passed away Sunday, Jan. 15, 2023, at his home.

He was born Sept. 25, 1937, in Holton, the son of Melvin and Hazel Mae (Wilson) Young.

Carroll earned his GED from Holton High School in 1956. Years later he graduated from International Correspondence School; his studies included civil engineering and land surveying. He proudly served in the United States Army from 1955 to 1957.

Carroll worked for the State of Kansas for five years, then moved to New Mexico. In 1973 he became licensed to practice civil engineering and land surveying in New Mexico. He worked for the New Mexico Highway and Transportation Department for 31 years. The height of his career was when he was appointed by Gov. Bruce King to be Cabinet Secretary of the New Mexico State Highway and Transportation Department. He retired from the department in 1994.

He married Thelma J. Brown on May 16, 1959, in Whiting, with whom he had their children; they later divorced. He married Corrine Gonzales on Dec. 26, 1981, in Raton, N.M.; they later divorced. He married Sue J. Gonzales on May 3, 1986, in Eureka Springs, Ark.; they later divorced, but remained lifelong friends.

Survivors include a daughter, Janet Young of Payson, Ariz.; a son, Randy Young and fiancé Melissa of Prescott, Ariz.; a brother, Leonard Young of Topeka; three grandchildren, Derek, Kevin and Sarah Young of Phoenix, Ariz.; six nieces; numerous great-nieces and great-nephews; and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Melvin and Hazel Young; a sister, Melvena Vandervort-Ingels; and a brother, Dale Young.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 23 at Mercer Funeral Home in Holton. Family will greet friends from 10 a.m. until service time. Burial will follow in Holton Cemetery.

Memorials may be given to the American Cancer Society or to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), sent in care of Mercer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 270, Holton, KS 66436. To leave a special message for the family, please visit


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109 W. Fourth St.
Holton, KS 66436
Phone: 785-364-3141

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