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The Dan Young Research Fund

"Big Dan Young Chevy dealin' man," an inspiring entrepreneur, always sought a new challenge. He built his career and his legacy in the automotive retail business. His success and intuition led him into real estate and other business ventures.

An eternal optimist and passionate leader, Dan was engaged in many philanthropic and community endeavors throughout his life. He was proud of his humble beginnings and was an unwavering supporter of the community. Dan nurtured the dreams and upstarts of many budding entrepreneurs.

Dan Young was an inspiration; a great man who touched the hearts of so many. He was the kind of man you can only hope to have the fortune to know in your lifetime. He left an indelible impression. His passing is the end of an era.

Special friend, Valarie Christopher, established the research fund in Dan’s name.   Dan and Val traveled extensively and enjoyed a zest for life.   They shared a belief that they world is a better place when life changing research is at the forefront.   Both Dan and Val selected the work of Dr. Ron Davis as the focus of Dan’s memorial giving.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Dan Young Research Fund at Scripps Research, 130 Scripps Way—4B2, Jupiter, Florida, 33458.