Lester Allen “Red” Youngman, 96, died April 25, 2009 in Amarillo. He was born on January 27, 1913 in Enid, Oklahoma.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward Ellsworth Youngman and Verna Allen Youngman and his wife of 66 years, Marjorie Ellen Durbon Youngman.
He is survived by two daughters: Mary Beth Youngman Ford and husband Van, of Amarillo and Evelyn Kay Youngman Bryan and husband John, of New Orleans, La.; six grandchildren: Bill Bryan and wife Glenda, of Lafayette, La.; Boyd Bryan and wife Monica, of Baton Rouge, La.; Vaughn Bryan and wife Corinna, of Detmold, Germany; Vian Ford Elms and husband Paul of Amarillo; Kory Ford and wife Debbie, of Allen, Texas; and Mike Bryan and wife Michelle of Madisonville, La.; 13 great grandchildren: Lindsay Bryan Bloom and husband Jason, of Seattle. Washington; Danny Bryan of Baton Rouge, La.; Keri Bryan, of Sewanee University, Tennessee; Casey Bryan, of Detmold, Germany; Patrick Bryan, of Baton Rouge, La.; Juri Bryan, of Detmold, Germany; Brooke Elms, of Amarillo; John Bryan, of Baton Rouge, La.; Kameron Ford, of Allen, Texas; Luke Ford, of Allen, Texas; Michaela Bryan, of Madisonville, La.; Nicholas Elms of Amarillo; and Grace Ellen Bryan of Madisonville, La.
His life revolved around family, service to the community and his teaching career. He graduated from high school in Enid, Oklahoma, earned his Eagle Scout Badge, attended Oklahoma State University and graduated from Phillips University in Enid. He received his Master’s Degree from Oklahoma State University. His teaching career began in Enid, teaching science and coaching his high school basketball team to the Oklahoma Basketball State Championship in 1943. For many years he held the state record for most wins. During World War II he served as an electronic instructor in the U. S. Navy in Chicago, Ill.
The opportunity came to join the staff at Edinburg Junior College in 1946 and he made this his life’s work, seeing the college grow through many stages to it’s now status as UT Pan American. Youngman was instrumental in developing the engineering program and an endowed engineering scholarship is established in his honor. During his early years at Edinburg Junior College, Youngman coached basketball, football, baseball and track. He loved his players and stayed in touch with them over the years. He was a member of the National Cooperative Education Association and in 1962, he became director of the Cooperative Education Division in Engineering remaining in that position until his retirement in 1978.
Many professional awards honored Youngman. Among these was the Piper Professor of 1964 title presented by the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation for outstanding scholarly and academic achievement. After retirement, he authored a Physical Science laboratory manual.
Youngman believed in community service and contributed his time to the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce and the Kiwanis Club serving as president of each organization in Edinburg. The Youngmans moved to Georgetown, after retirement and lived there for fifteen years where he continued to be active in community service. They moved to Amarillo in 1997 to live near their children. Marjorie Ellen, his wife of sixty five years, died in December, 1999.
Memorials may be made to the L.A. “Red” Youngman Endowed Scholarship for Engineering, The University of Texas-Pan American, Development Office, 1201 W. University Drive, ITT 1.210, Edinburg, TX 78539-2999. For information, call the Development Office: 956/318-5301.
He may also be remembered by memorials to the Ware Living Center HOPE Fund at 400 W. 14th, Amarillo, Texas 79109
Memorial services were held at Park Place Towers Parlor, 1300 S. Harrison in Amarillo with Dr. Stan Cosby, Senior pastor of St. Stephen Methodist Church officiating. Private family burial washeld in Memorial Park Cemetery by Cox-LaGrone Funeral Home.
The family will receive friends at Cox-LaGrone Funeral Home, 4180 Canyon Drive, Amarillo, Texas 79109.