Sam Young of the Young Automotive Group dies at 89

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LAYTON, Utah (ABC4 Utah) The patriarch of a well known automotive group in Utah has died.

Sam Young of the Young Automotive Group died on Wednesday, October 18th at 89.

In 1950s Sam took over Olsen Chevrolet from his father-in-law and ran it alongside his brother-in-law Kent Murdock until the 70’s. That’s when the two parted ways. Sam retired as CEO of the company in 1989. During his time as CEO he opened two new car dealerships and expanded the company’s services. 

“In all he did, he was passionate about it,” Spencer Young said about his father. 

The Young Automotive Group now operates over 13 dealerships in Utah and Idaho. His family says his legacy lives on as the company is currently owned and operated by his children and grandchildren.


Spencer said his father was quick to forgive.  

“He would have in normal life, disagreements and problems but within minutes, it was over and done and he was back to everyone was a good person,” Spencer said.

In 1995, Young Automotive Group bought the struggling Bonneville Raceway, renovated and renamed it Rocky Mountain Raceways. The track kept the heart and spirit of racing in alive in Utah. 

Sam was more than just an entrepreneur. His passion extended to philanthropy and mentorship. Same loved Lake Powell and served as commodore of the Yacht Club, regularly participating in search and rescue operations well into retirement. 

“When we’d go down there, to us it would be pain in the butt because every few minutes we’d have to leave and help somebody who had an accident with their boat, or a collision with their wave runners, or somebody got in trouble and needed help with their gas and there was a big storm coming.”

Sam also spent many years serving in the Boy Scouts of America and credited with mentoring more than 1,000 boys. 

According to his obituary, Sam was born in Grand Rapids Michigan August 13, 1928. He was married to Bertie Laura Olsen in 1951 and together they raised their six children. They were married until 1993. Sam married Marian in 1994.  He leaves behind his six children, three step-children, 31 grandchildren, 45 great-grandchildren, and three great-great grandchildren.

Funeral services with be held Saturday October 21, 2017 at 11 a.m. at Lindquist’s Layton Mortuary, located at 1867 North Fairfield Rd. Friends may visit with family Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. 

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