David Simmons Young

Mar 3 1951
Feb 21 2020
68 Years
Indianapolis, Indiana

David Simmons Young , 68, passed away Friday, February 21, 2020, after bravely battling several lengthy illnesses.

He leaves behind his wife of 34 years Joellyn (Cox) Young; sons Daniel Young and Jonathan Young, two brothers William Young and wife Judy, Morey Young and wife Cathy, sister Sally (Young) D’Antonio, nephews William Young, Steven Young, Shannon Young and Jeremy Young and niece Lori Young and many great-nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents Morey Young, Helen (Lilly) Young and brother-in-law Richie D’Antonio.

Born and raised in Parksburg, Pennsylvania, David graduated from Octorara High School, received his Bachelor of Music degree from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and a Master’s Degree in Sacred Choral Music from Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, Indiana.

After graduating from Temple, David lived in New York City and spent many years on the road playing piano with various traveling Broadway shows, and as music director for regional theatres up and down the east coast.

David had a deep faith and wherever he was in the country, he found a church home. He served as Choral and Music director for churches in Pennsylvania, New York, Florida, Michigan and most recently, in Indiana at Christ the Savior Lutheran Church, New Hope Presbyterian Church, and St Louis de Montfort Catholic Church in Fishers. It was during his time in Fishers that he created and directed the Hamilton County Choral Society and worked in conjunction with local musicians and orchestral organizations to create beautiful community concerts for the people of Hamilton County and surrounding areas.

Perhaps his proudest accomplishment was the opening of The Artists’ Studio, a training facility for young artists as well as a place for youth and adult performers to share their gifts with the community. He greatly valued working with all the artists, young and old and avidly followed their careers even after the studio closed. David was an outstanding musical director and pianist and a patient, supportive, encouraging teacher to both his voice and piano students. With a quick wit, infectious laugh, occasional bawdy comment and a Coke always in the pit, he gathered some of the areas’ finest musicians to play along with him for over 500 performances in that space alone.

Lastly, David was a humble and grateful friend of Bill W’s for 26 years.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, March 6, 2020 with visitation from 11:00 – 12:30 and a memorial service from 12:30 – 1:00 at Indiana Funeral Care, 8151 Allisonville Road, Indianapolis, Indiana 46250.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the charity of your choice in his name.

Service Date: 
Mar 6 2020 - 12:30pm
Service Location: 
Indiana Funeral Care Indianapolis, Indiana


Dave (Youngie) made the trip to my brother-in-law's funeral (Steve Wolfe) and Steve would have been so honored to know he was there!  His son accompanied him, and what a fine man he has raised!  Much love to his family and friends!  He will be greatly missed!!   Love to you all,  The Wolfe family of Parkesburg (Paul & Doris, Steve, Doug, Mick, Brian)

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Another member of OHS 69 gone. RIP my friend. Condolences to his family.



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Rest in peace my friend...prayers for your family. Keep the music going up there till we all meet again!

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Youngie I will always remember our trips to Bobo Hoffman' Mansion and the good times from kindergarden up. Prayers to your family RIP old friend.

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Dear David, Every morning of our senior year you'd pile into my 55 Ford for our ride to OHS. God forbid we ride the bus. Your energy was, for me, disquieting at that hour of the day. The joy was infectious though, for on arrival my bemoaning was salved by your finger popping, tap dance like figeting. It was almost as though we were happy to be going to school. I am certain that when you got "home" that God was as glad to see you as we were to have been in your company. You will be missed. With love and gratitude, Hagan

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Old Friend...I was so sorry to hear of David's passing...I remember hanging out at his house...singing songs around the piano...he had a great personality...and could light up a room...my sincere condolences to the whole family...RIP my Friend

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