Emmerson Younger, III, USAF (Ret.)
Colonel Jey Emmerson Younger, III, USAF (Ret.) 1941-2017
Jey E. Younger, III passed away in San Bernardino, California on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017 at the age of 75. Jey was born on Nov. 13, 1941, in Port Arthur, Texas to J.E. Younger, Jr. and June Jacks Younger. At an early age he moved with his family to San Marcos where attended Campus Elementary School, San Marcos Junior High School, and San Marcos High School. Jey excelled in sports, especially baseball and football and in his senior year was named to the All Central Texas AAA football team. He graduated from San Marcos High School in 1959 and attended Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos, where he was a member of the ROTC and captain of the ROTC Drill Team.
After graduating from SWTSU in 1963, Jey was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant and entered the United States Air Force. He earned his pilot certification for the B-52 and became the youngest aircraft commander in Strategic Air Command. Jey was stationed at many bases in the United States as well as abroad and served three tours in Viet Nam. During his illustrious career, he received numerous awards including: the Legend of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, Combat Readiness Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Republic of Viet Nam Gallantry Cross, and the Republic of Viet Nam Campaign Medal. As well as being a B-52 pilot, Jey was also a Huey Gunship Pilot, and served in Special Operations as a member of the Green Hornets, a rotary wing unit. He was a member of the Inspector General Team when he retired as a Colonel in 1991, after serving his country for 28 years.
From 1966 to 1979, Jey was married to Victoria Gualtiere. Their son Dana Michael Younger was born in 1969. In 1981, Jey married his second wife Margrit (Maggie) with whom he shared over 35 years wonderful years as he completed his military service and transitioned to civilian life. He became a real estate appraiser and owned his own appraisal business in the greater San Bernardino, California area. Jey was a valued member of the business and residential communities he served and was a member of numerous professional and civic organizations. He was known and respected as a humble man with a servant’s heart and was a loyal member of the Silver Dollar Club, which affords children battling cancer and their families opportunities to participate in retreats experiencing activities focused on fun rather than their illnesses.
Jey was an avid golfer and enjoyed being on a course as often as possible. He and Maggie made many good friends who remained integral in their lives over the years. They gathered often to enjoy good food, good drink and good company. Like his father, J.E. Younger Sr., Jey had an amazing wit, a keen sense of humor and never lost sight of the need to find joy in every aspect of life.
Jey was preceded in death by his brother Dana Jacks Younger (who died in infancy), his mother June Younger, his father J. E. Younger, and his loving wife Margrit (Maggie). Jey leaves behind his son Dana Michael Younger, daughter-in-law Felice and grandsons Jasper and Wiley of Austin, as well as his brother Jon Younger of San Marcos. He also leaves the family he gained when his father remarried in 1976: second mother Margaret Younger of San Marcos; sister Brenda Russell of Canyon Lake; brother Randy Russell and wife Tracey of Robstown; brother Scott Russell and wife Terry of Edna; and four nephews and a niece. Jey also leaves a host of true and loyal friends in San Bernardino, including JoJo Hautz, a very special longtime friend of his and Maggie’s, for whom the family is most grateful.
A memorial service will be held at a future date in San Bernardino where Jey will rest eternally next to his wife and soul mate Maggie. Memorials be made in Jey’s name to the charity of one’s choice.