Grand Coteau - a Mass of Christian Burial for Leandrus "Lee" James Young will be held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, March 21, 2018, in the St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Grand Coteau, LA. Rite of Committal and interment will follow in the St. Charles Catholic Church Cemetery.
Mr. Young, age 80, was a native of Church Point, LA and a resident of Grand Coteau, LA, passed away on Monday, March 19, 2018 at his residence surrounded by his family.
Lee was the owner and operator of Indian Hills Country Club in Opelousas for the past eight years. He enjoyed going daily to visit the members and to spend time with his family. He also was a parishioner of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Grand Coteau for many years.
Lee was well-known as a horse trainer throughout his life. In the years 1969, 1971, and 1973 he was awarded "Top Racing Horse Trainer" in the nation and then in 1968, 1972 and 1974 he was awarded second "Top Racing Horse Trainer" in the nation. In 2013, Lee's passion and talent for training racehorses earned him the "Horse and Harmony Award".
He was survived by his wife of 60 years, Shirley Leger Young of Grand Coteau, LA; his sons, Marty Young of Houston, TX; Troy Young of Opelousas, LA; his daughters, Lea Ann Bullara and husband, Dean, of Opelousas, LA and Shirlene Young of Lafayette, LA; his brothers, Ronald Young and wife, Annette, of Houston, TX; Sherman Young and wife, Nancy, of Church Point, LA; his sisters, Nelda Turner and husband, Bendal, of Church Point, LA and Peggy Baker and husband, Mike, of Scott, LA. He is also survived by eleven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Liverday Young and Mable Daigle Young and an infant sister, Mildred Young.
Visitation will be held from 2:00 PM until 10:00 PM on Tuesday, March 20, 2018, at the Lafond-Ardoin Funeral Home of Opelousas with a Rosary being recited at 7:00 PM. On Wednesday, visitation will continue in the funeral home from 8:00 AM until 10:30 AM. A Mass of Christian Burial will then be held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, March 21, 2018, in the St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Grand Coteau, LA with burial in the St. Charles Catholic Church Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Marty Young, Troy Young, Tyler Young, Dean Bullara, James Bullara, Myles Baker and Sherman Young. Honorary pallbearers will be Sam Rose, Ronald Young, Don Stemmans, Bubba Casio, and Larry Findley.
Family and friends are invited to sign and view the online guestbook at www.lafondardoin.com.
LaFond-Ardoin Funeral Home of Opelousas, 2845 South Union Street, Opelousas, LA 70570, (337-942-2638) has been entrusted with the funeral arrangements.
Our deepest sympathy to Shirley & Troy and the entire Young Family.
Reve' Norman & Cody NormanVillages, FL & DeBerry, TX, LA
We were so sad to learn of Lee’s death. He was such a kind and generous man to us, our family, and the OC golf team. He will be missed by many. Please know that you all are in our prayers. Julie and Rex Edwards
Julie EdwardsLafayette, LA
My prayers are with The Young Family...
Cindy S LogginsHaughton, LA
Shirley & family,
Prayers & condolences to you & your family.
Becky BriggsOpelousas, LA
We are a family that we remember with great affection to Mr Lee and Mrs Shirley. Mr Lee was a great teacher to me and an excellent boss, we will pray for him and his family. my deepest condolences.
Mr. Lee was a very, very special
Intelligent, Generous, he enjoyed his life working hard and teaching a lot of people, including my self.
I really sorry about your lose.
Always in my thoughts and Prays.
Eva RuizMonterrey, LA
My thoughts and prayers for Mrs. Shirley and the rest of the family. I have very fond memories of Mr. Lee. From Christmas at that big house and the smell of horse medicine coming in the back door. Cleaning stalls, fishing in the pond and the ropings on Sunday. Great memories. He was a great man and will be truly missed.
Scott PitreLafayette, LA
My condolences to the entire family. He was a great man. May your memories of him give you peace at this difficult time. May he rest in peace.
Vickie NeroCarencro, LA
Mr Lee was one of a kind. I learned so much from him and I am appreciative of the generous opportunities he extended to me. He was a natural teacher and a natural leader. I always enjoyed just visiting with him and listening to his stories. He will be missed. Mrs Shirley and family, you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Barry StinsonHouston, TX
To all of the Young family, please know that you will be in our thoughts and prayers through these trying times. Robert and Lori Chelette
Lori CheletteGonzales, LA
Deepest sympathy to the family.
Joyce PocheArnaudville, LA
My love and prayers go out to family. Mr Lee was one of the kindest men I knew when I was a much younger girl. I loved to hear his horse stories and how much he admired them.
RIP Mr Lee
Donna “Fadaol” EarleyLafayette, LA
Shirley I am sorry to hear about Lee’s death. You and family have our deepest sympathy. Our prayers are with y’all. 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻
My thoughts and prayers are with your family.
Charlene BidstrupGrand Coteau, LA
My wishes are that he did not suffer. I think Daddy and Momma were there to greet him. Remember the days Ms. Shirley I love ya so much. Billie Jean
Billie Jean DuhonOpelousas, LA
Hold on to God’s Word...“He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away. “
Sherri PitreOpelousas, LA
Mrs. Shirley and the Young Family. Sending thoughts of peace and comfort to you. You are all in my prayers.
Catherine Stemman PatersonIndianapolis, IN
I will miss you pawpaw! I will always cherish the fun times we had when we grew up at your ranch. You were a generous man who loves his children and his grandchildren. You will always be in at my heart! I love you so much!
Tori YoungBethesda, MD
Mr Lee was a true Acadiana treasure, a cultural icon! I always enjoyed our conversations and the wealth of knowledge he was always quick to share . My condolences to all the Young family 🙏🏻 May his soul rest in the peace of Christ.
Glenn DelahoussayeCarencro, LA
I am so sorry for your loss. Mitch and I will keep you and your family in our prayers
Cheryl ByromOpelousas, LA