Vivian “Judy” Young ”
Vivian Judy Young, a Comanche native turned Californian who worked in broadcasting, was a proud military wife and ran a talent agency, died Monday, Jan. 27, in Los Angeles. She was 78.
Young had been admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center the first week of January for respiratory distress. The exact cause of death was under review.
Funeral arrangements are pending in Oklahoma.
Young was born to Jesse “Ernest” and Sally Violet Reed just west of Ryan in January 1942. She had two older brothers, Max and Jess Reed, as well as an older sister, El Juana Pollock, and a younger sister, Rebecca Reed. Pollock, of Noble, is the surviving sibling.
Young is also survived by her two children, Paul Jarod and Heather R. Young, both of whom reside in Southern California. Her former husband, Paul D. Young, resides near Roff.
Young’s father farmed just outside of Comanche, and she preferred helping him to attending school, according to family, finding any reason to join him while he plowed fields or herded cows. Ernest Reed became ill with prostate cancer when she was in elementary school. He died in 1955, when Judy was 13, causing intense and lasting emotional trauma.
Young was active in the Thespian Society and other pursuits while attending Comanche High School, gaining the reputation of an up-and-comer. She devoured books, causing major near-sightedness at an early age, mainly from reading underneath covers with a flashlight at night. Her closest friends were Comanche natives Joanne Moser and June Taylor.
She had singing talent, occasionally performing with a local band, and sought formal training after graduating Comanche High in 1960, but could not muster the funds to follow that path. At 19, she headed west to find work in San Diego, California, landing a clerical position at a radio station. Within three years, she was managing the traffic department and eventually went to work overseeing traffic for renowned KOGO.
Young met her only husband, Marine Corps pilot Paul D. Young, in 1968, and they were married that year, a few months before he deployed to Vietnam.
During her husband’s deployment, Young resided in Hawaii, spending many hours volunteering with the Red Cross to assist seriously wounded Vietnam veterans undergoing rehab.
She spent 20 years as a military wife, twice living overseas—in Malta and Jakarta, Indonesia. She was a steadfast Ronald Reagan supporter, volunteering for all of his campaigns, and resided in California more than anyplace. From the mid-80s to the early 90s, Young managed her daughter, a working child actress, then going by the name Heather Hopper.
The family relocated to Prescott, Arizona, and not long afterward, Young started Pine Mountain Talent Agency, which she operated from 1993 to 1998, supplying background talent for numerous projects, including “Forrest Gump” and the remake of “The Getaway,” for which she received title credit at the end of the film. She was persistent in seeking to draw productions to Northern Arizona.
Young also ran a matchmaking service in Prescott for several years—preinternet.
She suffered a cardiac event in the late 1990s, and after a long hospitalization in Tucson, went to Los Angeles to be near her children.
She developed various health complications in the ensuing years but always maintained her wit and pokey sense of humor, bringing joy to all who knew her.
Young said in her final years that she wanted to go home to Oklahoma, close to her roots. Now she will.
Anyone interested in sending condolences or sharing memories was encouraged to contact her son via firstname.lastname@example.org.