Retired Blount County Circuit Court Judge W. Dale Young has died.
Judge Young, who just recently celebrated his 73rd birthday, was found at his home early Saturday evening, May 21. Friends had been trying to contact him on Saturday and went to check on him, finding him in his bed.
"He apparently died in his sleep very peacefully," said friend and Blount County Commissioner Peggy Lambert. "We have lost a great man, a dear friend and someone who has enriched all of our lives just by knowing him."
One of his close friends, former Mayor Jerry Cunningham, said, "He was one of my best friends, an outstanding jurist and a wonderful Blount Countian. We are going to miss him."
Funeral services will be arranged through McCammon-Ammons-Click Funeral Home.
Judge Young retired in January, 2011, after the swearing-in of Governor Bill Haslam. The governor last week approved the appointment of Tammy Harrington to fill the circuit court seat.
Judge Young was the Division I judge and was in public service for 32 years. A graduate of Maryville High School, he received a B. A. Degree from Maryville College and an L. L.B. and JD (Doctor of Jurisprudence) Degree from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 1963. He attended Security and Exchange schools, several banking schools and was graduated from the Tennessee Supreme Court’s Judicial Academy.
Judge Young engaged in the private practice of law for some 8 years before joining The Winfield Dunn for Governor Campaign as East Tennessee Manager in 1969.
While in private practice, he served on several boards and commissions for the City of Maryville, for County Government and the Blount Chamber of Commerce. He was a member (“Squire”) of the Blount County Quarterly Court (Blount County Commission).
After returning home from Nashville, Young served as House counsel for a bank holding company and was appointed to fill the unexpired term of the Honorable James H. Jarvis who was elevated to the Federal Bench.
Judge Young told Blount Today at his retirement that among his great joys on the bench were Adoption Days. Adoption Days were special days set aside where the court would do 20 to 30 adoptions on those days. He said it gave him such pleasure to see "children who needed good homes go to good homes where they would be cared for and loved."