John Young

  • Born: September 24, 1930
  • Died: January 5, 2018
  • Location: Houston, Texas


Astronaut walked on the Moon…

Legendary astronaut John Young, who walked on the moon and later commanded the first space shuttle flight, has died, NASA said Saturday. Young was 87. For full obituary and coverage from, click here.

Condolence & Memory Journal

Bravery is a quality that not all men have but Mr Young and all the other astronauts have that special quality. We thank them for their dedicated service. To the Young family I offer in sincerity my deepest sympathy for your loss. may the God who created the Universe that Mr. Young had the privilege to have a glimpse of continue to be with you.

Posted by Steele    October 13, 2019

John, a great individual and inspiration to humanity. My family had the privilege of meeting you through the love and friendship of your beautiful loving wife, Susy, who gave so much of herself. Susy may you be surrounded with the love of family and friends you well deserve. I send you happy memories and kind loving thoughts.

Posted by Vickie Horn - Boise, ID   December 11, 2018

John W. Young
May you never cease inspiring the ones that seek your rarified and precious kind, in life or in after life.
Press for MECO once more for all time sake, Sir!

Posted by Frederick Edmond Maupertuis - Henderson, NV   August 05, 2018

to the family of JOHN YOUNG my heartfelt condolences on his passing and a loss of a space pioneer for today he has touched the face of god ..

Posted by mike smith - crossville, TN   April 10, 2018

NASA and the American people truly lost a hero when John Young left us on January 5, 2018.
He stressed safety for his fellow astronauts throughout his career.

I had the opportunity to see and hear John and his fellow Apollo 26 moon walker Charlie Duke at a luncheon at the Kennedy Space Center in May 2008 as part of that year's hall of fame festivities. I have read his autobiography several times and hold him in the highest regard as one of my true heroes.

Posted by Ron Poerll - Indiana, PA   March 10, 2018

John Young was courageous to travel into space as well as to speak up for others' safety. The valuing of life is something we can never ignore. May the Almighty God always value the life of John and reserve a place for him in his memory.

Posted by - TX   February 09, 2018

John Young was my absolute hero from the Apollo & Space Shuttle days. We will never see his likes again. My deepest sympathy to his family at this desperately sad time. John young's ancestors were from Co. Monaghan in Ireland , my home county. Rest in peace Mr.Young. Your outstanding contribution to Space exploration & mankind will never be forgotten.

Posted by Geraldine Fleming - Ireland   February 03, 2018

My heartfelt condolences to the Halle family for your loss. Cherish the memories shared through the years. May the God of comfort sustain you through this difficult time Psalm 145:14,18

Posted by Mel Singleton - Atlanta, GA   February 03, 2018

I was sad to hear about the passing Of John Young. I was always so proud of the fact that my dad, Ralph M. Walker Jr. (1930-1998) knew John at Georgia Tech, where he also studied Aerospace Engineering. RIP.

Posted by Libby Walker Anderson - Arlington, TX   February 02, 2018

My sincere condolences to the Young family. May our God give you peace in this time of grief. (Numbers 6:24-26)

Posted by - FL   January 31, 2018

Rarely do we know a man so accomplished! When I was a kid, Captain Young was my personal hero, inspiring me to look up to the sky and beyond. Godspeed, Johnny are forever Young.

Posted by Cole Ruddick - Denver, CO   January 23, 2018

A hero. An inspiration. A man in full. Well lived, sir, and rest in peace.
Eric Ryan

Posted by A friend   January 23, 2018

I would like to express my deepest condolences to the family for their loss of a man who put his mark in history. May you find comfort and help in God during this time of sorrow.

Posted by - Bear, DE   January 22, 2018

I never met John Young, but from everything I read about his accomplishments, he was always the consumate professional and gentleman. When he spoke, people listened because it was going to be the unvarnished truth...whether you liked it or not.

John Young's life was a life well lived and we are all benefiting from his time with us. What a ride!!

God bless, Sir.

Posted by Peter McEvoy - Phoenix, AZ   January 20, 2018

Rest well sir.

Posted by William Hunter - Upper Darby, PA   January 16, 2018

John Young-A great American. Rest In Peace. Thoughts and prayers to the Young Family.

Posted by Thomas Winkler - St. Petersburg, FL   January 13, 2018

I was only watching the first Space Shuttle flight documentary just the other day.
I have always admired the space program and it inspired me to get into flying.
You are amongst the stars now John.
Wish I could have met you, along with the other awesome individuals you were lucky enough to call colleagues.
Thank you for your inspiration.

Posted by Paul Rees - Manchester   January 12, 2018

Susy and family, my Mom and stepfather had the pleasure of knowing you both as neighbors so many years ago now, Now my stepfather has passed and Mom is beyond understanding and not far behind. I remember fondly their stories and the wonderful things they had to say about you. When my own child began working at NASA, it was reassuring to find the years had not changed Johnny at all. No ego, only kindness. He was such an incredibly well rounded individual who read widely and could talk on any subject with anyone. He never allowed anyone or anything to silence him from doing what was right and important. Our country has lost an incredible, humble hero but I know he was much prouder to be known as an adoring husband, loving dad, proud grandpa and yes, cat lover. No words can express the depth of loss for such a wonderful man. His service to our country can never be measured but the times he missed with you to made our country, our space program and this world a better place we're a gift to us all. Thank you for sharing him with us.

Posted by Anon from El Lago - Houston, TX   January 12, 2018

Susy, our deepest and most heartfelt condolences for the loss of your beloved husband. Johnny was a legend in his own time. We hope that by knowing he was treasured by so many and the contributions he gave to us all that it will ease the loss you now endure.

Posted by Steven and Karen Nace - SCOTTSDALE, AZ - friend   January 11, 2018

Your contribution to the space program and all mankind will never be equaled and your tenacity for the safety of astronauts will forever endure. Unquestionably, your book Forever Young explains so much that most of us never knew, not even those of us that worked at NASA. You will surely be missed by everyone who watched in awe of your endeavors and had the privilege of working with you. To the Stars and Beyond Johnny, RIP.

Posted by Steven and Karen Nace - SCOTTSDALE, AZ - friend   January 11, 2018

John Young, it was an honor to help train you and Bob Crippen for your first Shuttle flight.

Posted by David Fuson - Houston, TX   January 11, 2018

My heartfelt sympathy to the family on the passing of your love one please accept my heartfelt sympathy for your loss.

Posted by A friend   January 11, 2018

Nothing made my heart race more at work than "Hey Yusef, the old man wants to see you over in the SMS tomorrow..."

Only in a country like ours could a kid who grew up poor in the Brooklyn projects could work and get to a job that allowed him to work with a real-life American hero. I was in awe of him. And I learned so much from him. Right now, I am sure he is telling the Almighty that death is a "complex technical matter that I am willing to discuss with anyone at any time."

Rest easy Sir!

Posted by Yusef Johnson - Rockledge, FL   January 11, 2018

I met John Young at several NASA conferences about 20 years ago. A very nice man!

Posted by Mark Witten - Tucson, AZ   January 11, 2018

John Young was one of the finest and the best astronauts with whom I ever worked in the Apollo and Shuttle programs. We all will miss him for both his excellence as a pilot and his tremendous sense of humor when things went wrong.

Posted by Thomas Wilson - Houston, TX   January 11, 2018

My Florida Tech buddies and I met both John, and Bob Crippen at the Cape - for the first time back in 86. They were both so cool to hang out with and talk to. Certainly, John Young was a hero to all us young guys and girls when we went to see him and chat abit. He always took the time to make us feel welcome, and answer all our questions (even ones he heard asked of him countless times before). My freshman class at Buckeye South High School in Yorkville Ohio watched the first Space Shuttle flight with John Young & Robert Crippen - on TV in our classroom. He inspired me to also want to try to become an astronaut. John Young was the ultimate astronaut - a fearless stuntman avenger - a real superhero!

Our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.

GT Aukerman & family
Florida Institute of Technology
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical

Posted by GT Aukerman - Malibu, CA   January 10, 2018

Please accept my condolences in the loss of John Young. I followed his missions, and enjoyed watching him walk and ride around on the lunar surface. He is an American Hero, and is now among the stars forever.
RIP John Young
Ray Thomas
Orono, Maine

Posted by A friend   January 10, 2018

John Young became a legend in my generation, and his legacy will remain for generations to come. His spirit of exploration of space will continue to inspire and challenge other dreamers to move forward and beyond Earth to pioneer and explore new worlds. Thank you John Young for your service and great contributions to our country and the exploration of space.

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God Bless/RIP. A heartfelt Thank YOU, Astronaut John Young for your service... And Semper Fi..SIR.

Posted by Herb Guyer-Sharfenaker USMCR - Columbus, OH   January 10, 2018

Condolences to Susy and family during this difficult time.
I was gifted to meet and know Susy. Later with husband and stepson, met John at a holiday home gathering. The memory is priceless and treasured. Houston has been very good to me and learning more about NASA has been an adventure in itself. With admiration and humility I write this. My husband and I are saddened by the news.
History was made with this wonderful man. Love U Susy

Posted by Rossi Goin - Houston, TX   January 10, 2018

I believe it was such a God-given miracle that you lived through all those space flights, Mr. John Young!
May your contributions to NASA be admired and remembered ten years from now and beyond!

Posted by Michael Boyd - Norfolk, VA   January 09, 2018

Legendary icon indeed. Because of the space program we reap benefits today. May God be with your family.

Posted by R. W. - Lawrenceville, GA   January 09, 2018

Thanks, John......hero during my childhood....mario Cerrato (Turin , Italy)

Posted by Mario Cerrato - Turin   January 09, 2018

What an amazing man! The world is and should feel such an incredible loss!
To Suzy and the family, please know we are thinking of you and praying and wishing you our
most heartfelt condolences.

Posted by Pam and Ike Miller - Seabrook, TX - Friend   January 09, 2018

Astronaut John Young was the first astronaut I met and worked with at NASA/JSC. It was a super honor to work with him. He was an astronaut's astronaut that's for sure. In April 2013, I was sadly leaving NASA, but before I left, I took a memory walk thru mission control. While there and much to my surprise going upstairs in the elevator, when the elevator doors opened; I saw John Young, by himself, standing under the mission control sign. It had been a long time since I had last seen him. I was surprised and happy, this was a great moment for me to say hello one final time. I can proudly say it was the greatest of honors to know him. Job well done, rest in peace.

Posted by Noland Talley - Friendswood, TX   January 09, 2018

I was blessed to have had the acquaintance of my astronaut hero, John Young, during the many years he frequented the Orbiter Processing Facilities at KSC. I remember him as a kind-hearted human being and I pray God's blessings for his family.

Posted by Richard Martin - Cocoa Beach, FL   January 09, 2018

Thanks to Astronaut John Young for all his contributions to the development of Space Exploration. All my admiration and respect for his dedication and bravery in his risky missions to the Space. God bless him in the dimension where he is now .

Posted by Luzmila Torrellas - Houston, TX   January 08, 2018

John has been my hero for such a long time. I only hope that, with time, the present hurt and loss his family is feeling now is replaced by the realization of the blessing of having known and loved one of the most remarkable men of our time. John Young, you will be missed.

Posted by Steve Walls - Nassau Bay, TX   January 08, 2018

Whatever future we have ahead of us in space, I know we will see further as we stand on the shoulders of giants like John Young. As an engineer/astronaut who more often looked forward than back, I like to think that's the kind of tribute he might enjoy. He was a great servant to his country as a Naval aviator and a great servant to humanity as a pioneering astronaut, and it is my prayer that he has been warmly welcomed to eternity by the good Lord having completed his earthly work. Thank you for the years of inspiration and wonder, Captain Young. To his family and friends, my sincerest condolences. May he be celebrated. Ad Astra...

Posted by Jim Frangione - Fair Lawn, NJ   January 08, 2018

John Young was one of my heroes for his bravery; his patriotism; his concern for crew safety; and his heroic missions including Apollo 10 and Apollo 16. May we honor his memory by continuing to explore the moon!

May our Lord Jesus comfort the family during this difficult time in their lives.

Posted by Dave Sawhill - Pasadena, TX   January 08, 2018

May the Young family find peace and comfort in the God of tender mercies. (2 Cor. 1:3)

Posted by D Cover - FL   January 08, 2018

A true American hero & icon. A pleasure to have worked the NASA Space Shuttle Program with you. Godspeed John Young.

Posted by Charles Ritriv - Houston, TX   January 08, 2018

If anyone ever asks me the question "Who is or was the world's greatest pilot" ? I'll say " John Young" that's who!!
Mark Z-MAN Ziemba
Dudley, MA

Posted by Mark Ziemba - Dudley, MA   January 08, 2018

I grew up watching Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, and the shuttle programs. John Young was one of my childhood heros. he will be missed, but his mark on the world is indelible.
Godspeed John Young

Posted by Chris Perryman - Iselin, NJ   January 08, 2018

Godspeed, John Young. Thanks for being an inspiration to so many people. My condolences to the Young family. RIP.

Posted by Steven Edwards - Logan, UT   January 08, 2018

We would like to offer our heartfelt condolences. In just a little while all the pain and sorrow that we feel from the death our loved ones will cease and be replaced with Joy, because the former things have passed away. My deepest and sincere condolences to your families and friends.

Posted by - NY   January 08, 2018

NASA wanted the best of the best of the best then they got someone better- John Young

Posted by Brock Mullis - Butler, MO   January 08, 2018

God speed, John Young. May you remain the hero are, forever.

Posted by Clarence Heim - Killeen, TX   January 08, 2018

Back in 2001-2003 we took and used the basis for the Apollo safety program when I was part of the team charged with the responsibility to create the BC faller (British Columbia logging) training standard. The Apollo program was simple but so effective and without ever having put it into words before, I realized at the time that this was how I had been taught right at the start from my dad to be a safe faller.

The program was based on recognizing, evaluating and most importantly, controlling the hazard. Simple but effective if followed and every section of the training text was prefaced with these three points regardless of the subject matter.

The BC Faller Training Standard, WorkSafe BC and the BC Forest Safety Council all owe a debt of gratitude to John Young.


Posted by A friend   January 08, 2018

My deepest condolences to Captain Young's family and friends. The world has lost a brave hero and we will never forget his contributions to human exploration. As an aerospace engineering student at Georgia Tech he was an inspiration to me and many others. One one of my proudest moments was shaking his hand on the day I received my degree in 2003.

Godspeed Captain.

Posted by Christos Tsonis - Chicago, IL   January 08, 2018

May God comfort the family during this time of sadness and loss.

Posted by A friend   January 08, 2018

My deepest sympathy to the Young family. He was an American hero with determination and selfless dedication to the Space Program with an eye toward all the future possibilities of space travel and exploration. May the peace from God, who is the creator of the universe, comfort you during this difficult time.

Posted by A friend   January 08, 2018

May the family find peace and comfort in knowing all sickness, all pain and death will one day be gone for this has been promised.

Posted by A friend   January 08, 2018

My condolences to the family and friends of John Young for your loss. May you continue to be blessed with his memory and legacy and may your hearts be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times you shared together (Daniel 12:13) ~ Linda, Queens, NY

Posted by A friend   January 08, 2018

May the words Jesus spoke at John 6:44
bring Johns family and friends comfort
at this most difficult time.

Posted by Darlene H - OH   January 08, 2018

Vaya con Dios John! May you Rest In Peace! Real hero and inspiration ! He was the greatest pilot I ever saw!

Our condolences from Monterrey Mexico

Posted by Ovidio Elizondo - San Pedro Garza García    January 07, 2018

Well done, John! Your dedication and service to this country is what helped make this country great. Happy trails in the hereafter.

Posted by Bob N - Raleigh, NC   January 07, 2018

Sincere condolences to the family for your great loss. May the God of all comfort sustain each of you during your time of grief.

Posted by Juanita - Cleveland   January 07, 2018


Rest in Peace

Posted by Scott Chamberland - Saint Agatha, ME   January 07, 2018

" Like the moon it will be firmly established forever, as a faithful witness in the sky."-Psalms 89:37.
Ms. Morgan

Posted by A friend   January 07, 2018

one of the coolest astronauts we ever had rip john young

Posted by J Rowan - The Plains, OH   January 07, 2018


Fair winds and following seas sailor.

Thank you for your service to this nation.

Posted by Harry Simpson - Buckeye, AZ   January 07, 2018


My deepest condolences to my namesake John Young`s Family, Colleagues, and friends upon John`s passing.He was a true American Hero and Pioneer! The Highway named after him in Florida is a lasting tribute to his legacy!
John A. Young
Cromwell, Ct

Posted by John A. Young - Cromwell, CT   January 07, 2018


Posted by Peter Joyce - NY   January 07, 2018

Supporting John in training for the first Shuttle flight is a valued experience enjoyed by the whole team at the WETF. We all share in the sorrow of his loss.

Posted by Marv Novak - Seabrook, TX   January 07, 2018


Dear young Family Rory and I wish to extend our condolences's of John Young/Family.he'll surely be missed very much.luv,faith/rory

Posted by faith/rory tobin/dockett - newton centre/brighton, MA   January 07, 2018

Fair winds and following seas to Astronaut John Young, a genuine American hero. Rest in peace Captain.

Posted by P Joyce - NY   January 07, 2018

My sincerest sympathies to the Young family for the loss of John. May God's Word strengthen you during this time of mourning. (Isa. 41:10,13)

Posted by T C - GA   January 07, 2018

It was a pleasure working with you.

Posted by Henry Harris - Titusville, FL   January 07, 2018

What an amazing leader in our space program. Fly on past the speed of sound. You lived your dream.

Posted by Keith David - Benton, LA   January 07, 2018

The essence of bravery and courage. Thank you for all you did for our space program. Rest in peace. My sympathy to your family.

Posted by Ron Meushaw - DE   January 07, 2018

Mr Young, growing up in Guyana, South America I was forever impressed with your enthusiasm, vision, fierceness in pushing the "American brand,"along with your determination. The will forever be grateful.
Thanks for a selfless life.

Posted by Brian Claxton - Brooklyn, NY   January 07, 2018

God bless you Mr.Young for everything you did for your country and mankind.

Posted by Bill Holstein - Westminster, CA   January 06, 2018

Miss you. No more clearances to 18000. Cleared straight to eternity. God will see you now. Maybe our dream of a better space will be someday.

Posted by Ralph D. Burnside - Hill AFB, UT   January 06, 2018

Such a tribute to a remarkable man who stood up for what is right in his profession. At this difficult time please find comfort in the God of all comfort. Many condolences to the Young family.

Posted by A friend   January 06, 2018

John and my late husband, Roger Burke (who was an instructor in flight simulation for many years) were good friends who respected the expertise of each other. Had the privilege of meeting John several times, alongside my husband, over the years. Enjoyed listening to their conversations. Rest in peace, John.

Posted by Elma Burke - Alvin, TX   January 06, 2018

John Young is forever among the stars.

Posted by Mick Ogulewicz - Greer, SC   January 06, 2018

May the God of all peace bring comfort to the young family and friends at this difficult time.

Posted by Carlotta    January 06, 2018

A true spacefarer who exuded confidence and comaraderie, you will always be remembered. We will miss your cool, calm and collected approach towards everything life had to offer. God Speed and God Bless you and your family, John.

Posted by Scott Jon - Cocoa Beach, FL - coworker   January 06, 2018

Thank you JOHN YOUNG for your bravery, wisdom, foresight and courage. May you rest in heavenly peace. My prayers to your family and friends.

Posted by Daphne Grier - Atlanta, GA   January 06, 2018

Moon man walk

Posted by Richard Herrick - Anaheim, CA   January 06, 2018

Captain Young's accomplishments and contributions in the space industry were truly superlative. All performed over a period that spanned decades, and on numerous platforms. Venerable, versatile, and durable, he was a standout in a field of standouts.

John Young was the quintessential space pioneer, and an American Hero.

Posted by A friend   January 06, 2018

An outstanding individual! Always wished I could have met him personally.

Posted by Jess Hull - Post Falls, ID   January 06, 2018

What an amazing career in the space program John had achieved and honored for his many contributions. What a privilege it must have been to be able to see Gods wondrous works of the earth from space and see how Job 26:7 was fulfilled as the earth hangs upon nothing! May all seek comfort in knowing that he will return to the days of his youth as promised at Job 33:25 and he will live up to his name being forever young.

Posted by L Wu - Chicago   January 06, 2018

He achieved many successes in life he will be missed by all.

Posted by Terry Smith - FL   January 06, 2018

Someone once asked John Young if he was nervous before a launch. He replied "If you're NOT nervous, you don't know what's going on." You can't say it any better than that.

Posted by Astrofan    January 06, 2018

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