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“When I was in the second grade Joel, Collin, and I were really good friends. I moved to Houston, and I got older, so I didn't really stay connected....Read More »
1 of 27 | Posted by: ghensiri - asheville, NC

“Joel would occasionally come over to our home for sleep overs and just hang out. I remember Joel was a good friend to my son Justin Krainz when...Read More »
2 of 27 | Posted by: Elizabeth Krainz - Austin, TX

“Dear Trish, How can I say how sorry and how our hearts ache for you. I am thinking of you always, especially tonight.. What a wonderful and...Read More »
3 of 27 | Posted by: lisa cordelle - austin, TX

“Joel. i have so many funny memories. like your 18th birthday party when you managed to walk to the kitchen at 4 in the morning WHILE ASLEEP. but like...Read More »
4 of 27 | Posted by: Diego Marroquin

“Most of my memories of Joel are from when we were both small. I remember loving to spend time with him when I would come hang out with Nick; I think...Read More »
5 of 27 | Posted by: Chase Dalton - New York, NY

“Trish - my heart breaks for you and your family, and for the sadness of the past few years. Your tribute to Joel is so beautifully done and captures...Read More »
6 of 27 | Posted by: Marcy Goodfleisch - Austin, Texas

“Words cannot express my sorrow for your loss. I want you to know my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. With deepest sympathies, ...Read More »
7 of 27 | Posted by: Dawn R. Handley - Austin, TX

“May Joel rest in peace and may God wrap his arms around the family and give them strength and understanding. ”
8 of 27 | Posted by: God's friend

“I was blessed to have met Trish and her boys soon after moving to Austin. They were and have always been family to ours. Joely you will be missed....Read More »
9 of 27 | Posted by: Brooke Luciano - Austin, TX

“Joel I will always remember our times in middle school and high school, chillin at your place. Always have a place in my heart for you, I know your...Read More »
10 of 27 | Posted by: Justin

“To Joel's Family: We send our condolences, love and prayers. ”
11 of 27 | Posted by: Andrea and Dennis - Houston, TX

“To Trish and Family, All of you are in my thoughts and prayers. ”
12 of 27 | Posted by: Suling Homsy - Austin, TX

“Joel Young. I only had the privilege of Joel's friendship for a short while but his innate benevolence was blatantly apparent to me from day one....Read More »
13 of 27 | Posted by: Cassidy Thorp - Austin, TX

“To Joel's family... I am so very sorry for your loss! May the memories of his life comfort you in this most difficult time. Sincerely Monique ”
14 of 27 | Posted by: Monique - Austin, TX

“Dear Joel, We met in kindergarten and ever since then we've stayed close. Having just seen you a couple weeks ago I still can't believe you're...Read More »
15 of 27 | Posted by: Collin Finnigan - Austin, TX

“I met Joel a year ago, we spent a lot of time talking, and he was always a comfort to me. I met his family, who he said he adored. I have lost a lot...Read More »
16 of 27 | Posted by: Abby Martin - Huntsville, TX

“Joel, you have such an amazing spirit. you are a great friend. You light up a room and can find the silver lining in everything. i think of you often...Read More »
17 of 27 | Posted by: Alli Marti - Ft. Collins, CO

“My son, Justin, and Joel played soccer together for a number of years. I have the fondest memories of taking them - and a bunch of other boys - to...Read More »
18 of 27 | Posted by: Mark Greenberg - Austin, TX

“Joel, we weren't close, but when I was around you, your smile knew how to light up the place. I was always so happy to see you when I would go places...Read More »
19 of 27 | Posted by: Lauren

“Joel, I feel so honored to know that I had the pleasure Of having such a genuine and loving friend. You were always there for me and most...Read More »
20 of 27 | Posted by: Morgan Hollingshead

“Joel, I was not too big a part of your life as most, but I do remember all the great lacrosse games and football practices where you'd call me fat,...Read More »
21 of 27 | Posted by: Taylor Martin - Austin, TX

“Joel, I can never thank you enough for the joy you brought into my life. Whenever I was down you were there for me and I will never forget that. It...Read More »
22 of 27 | Posted by: Kyle Lindgren - Denver, CO

“Wow, it's hard to believe that you're gone. It seems like only yesterday we were playing basketball on the black top at Forest Trail. Or getting...Read More »
23 of 27 | Posted by: Jake Hibbert - Austin , TX

“Peace be with you. ”
24 of 27 | Posted by: Meredith Planta - Taos, NM

“Joel, your passing has been hard, i think everyone is going to feel pain of their great friend leaving the physical world. God has taken you for a...Read More »
25 of 27 | Posted by: Olivia Tomasco - new orleans, LA

“We had the opportunity to have Joel play with out travel team when he was in middle school. Always was a hard working player who gave it his all on...Read More »
26 of 27 | Posted by: Noah Fink - Austin, TX

“Sweet Joel, you've touched so many lives in your short 19 years on this earth, including mine. Now you and Jared can be together again. You live on...Read More »
27 of 27 | Posted by: Stephanie Collinge - Austin , TX


Joel Patrick Young left us on Saturday, January 28, 2012, in Denver, Colorado. He was just five months shy of his twentieth birthday. Capturing Joel's spirit and complexity in words is nearly impossible. As a little boy, Joel was a shock of red hair and a swirl of freckles, pasted together above a sweet, sideways smile. He wore boxer shorts and cowboy boots (when he wore clothes at all), and loved cereal above all other things. As he stretched and grew, Joel demonstrated sensitivity and depth that were surprising in one so young. These were traits he would exhibit the remainder of his days. Yet he had a warrior spirit, too, and believed he had been a soldier in a past life. Perhaps it is no surprise then that when he took the field in his game of choice—lacrosse—his teammates called him "The Red Baron" and his coach, "The Terminator."

Joel made friends easily, and having made them, rarely lost them. Many have been a part of his life—and he of theirs—since kindergarten. Joel cared deeply for his friends—perhaps more than he sometimes cared for himself—and they sought him out to sit, to listen and to talk. During the past two years, Joel had struggled valiantly to understand and cope with the death of his beloved older brother Jared in November 2009, a loss which marked him deeply. His family struggled along with him, loving him unconditionally all the while.

In addition to his older brother Jared, Joel was preceded in death by his grandfather Robert P. Brake, Sr. his grandfather, Edward E. Young, his uncle William E. Young and his grandmother Shirley J. Brake. Joel is survived by his mother Patricia A. Young Brown and step-father Gregory W. Brown, his father Timothy E. Young, his brothers Nicholas E. Young and Drew G. Brown, grandmother Arlene Young, a very large and loving extended family of uncles, aunts and cousins, and a legion of dear friends. He was an adored son, a treasured brother, a cherished friend. We cannot imagine he has gone, and we will miss and love him forever.

Visitation will be on Thursday, February 2 from 4 pm to 7 pm at Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home 3125 North Lamar. Joel will be buried next to his brother at Austin Memorial Park in a private family ceremony on Friday, February 3.

A memorial celebration of Joel's life will be held at Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Road, at 2 pm, Sunday, February 12. Memorial contributions may be made to Lifeworks, 3700 S 1st St Austin, TX 78704.