Bruce De Young

St. George, UT- Bruce De Young, age 70, returned to his Heavenly Father peacefully on May 9, 2019 with family by his side while he held the hand of his sweetheart. After years of pain and suffering due to exposure to Agent Orange, he is finally at rest. He was born in Evanston, WY on February 3, 1949 to Carl and Aloha Welker De Young. He married the love of his life Jacquie (Smith) on March 15, 1969, and they were sealed on December 13, 1969 in the Oakland LDS Temple.

Bruce grew up in Ogden, Utah with his three sisters. He was full of life, energy, and excitement and as a child could often be found in the top of a tree. He was always a hard worker and got his first job at 10 years old in a grocery store. He later graduated from Wilcox High School in Santa Clara, CA. Just days after his graduation, in 1967, he enlisted in the Marine Corps and left home to serve his country.

During the 13 months he spent in Vietnam as part of the 3rd Recon Division, he had many near-death experiences that would shape the rest of his life. He earned a Bronze Star as part of his service there and was also exposed to Agent Orange which would claim his life 50 years later. In total, Bruce spent 12 years as a Marine, and left with the rank of Gunnery Sergeant. He served 13 additional years as a Green Beret in the 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne). He retired from the Army as a Master Sergeant. He was deployed many times in the service of his country. His family is proud of his sacrifice and dedication. Bruce is a true hero in their eyes.
A week after he returned from Vietnam, he married his high school sweetheart, Jacquie. Together, they raised 4 children. He was a good and kind husband and father. Always willing to share a story, he will be remembered by many for his tales of adventure, bravery, and humorous antics. He was a mountain man, runner, golfer, hunter, fisherman, scuba diver, skier, and rock climber. He used any excuse he could to spend time in the great outdoors and passed the love of nature onto his children and grandchildren. He was an example of persistence and dedication to whatever adventure, hobby, or cause caught his interest, truly living life to the fullest.

After 25 years of military service, it only seemed natural for him to start a detective agency. Nine years later, at the age of 53, he devoted himself to a new passion and graduated from BYU with a BS in Elementary Education. As a teacher, he was passionate about mentoring his students and in particular loved teaching science. He enjoyed his years teaching at Bloomington Hills Elementary, Desert Hills Middle School, and Sunrise Ridge Intermediate.
Bruce had a deep testimony of Jesus Christ and was a strong member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. In addition to many callings which included Stake Mission President, he spent time in service as a Bishop and Branch President. As a true follower of Christ, he was always willing to lend a hand, serve where needed, and help anyone in need.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Jacquie; his children Rick, Mindy (Mark) Silvia, Shelley (Ryan) Cottam and John (Alicia); 10 adoring grandchildren; and 3 sisters, Jan Skuppin, Sandra Johannessen, and Debbie Stickley. He is preceded in death by his loving parents, 3 brothers-in-law, and many beloved brothers in arms.

Funeral services will be held Friday, May 17, 2019 at 11 am in the Westridge Chapel, 415 Westridge Dr., St. George, Utah, with a viewing from 9:30-10:30 am. A viewing will also be held at Spilsbury Mortuary on Thursday, May 16, 2019 from 6-8 pm. Interment will take place in Tonaquint Cemetery, St. George, UT.

The family would like to extend special thanks and gratitude to the nurses and staff at the Southern Utah Veterans Home and CNS Hospice. You loved our Dad, and it means the world to us!

Arrangements are made under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 S. Bluff St., St. George, Utah, (435)673-2454. Friends and family are invited to sign Bruce’s online guest book at



6-8 pm

Second Visitation

9:30-10:30 am


11 am


Westridge Chapel
415 Westridge Dr.
St. George, UT


12 pm
Tonaquint Cemetery
1777 S. Dixie Dr.
St. George, UT

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6 Responses

  1. Bruce is such a great example of following our Savior. We love you and your family.

  2. My mother shared news of Bruce’s passing. May you find comfort in your memories and the love and support of family and friends during this difficult time. Based upon his exemplary record of service, it is evident that Mr. DeYoung was a remarkable man. May you further know that through his time and selflessness in recent years, in reaching out to our family, Mr. DeYoung was able to bring comfort to our family and we are grateful. With condolences, Erin Moreno, Massachusetts.

  3. Cousin Bruce was to coolest! We all knew he was the toughest guy ever because he was a GREEN BERET! Family is forever, and we will see him again. Love you guys.

  4. Bruce and I served together in the First Battalion, 19th Special Forces, Utah Army National Guard. He was a great friend, a great soldier and was and is, thought of highly by all who knew him. His love of God, Country, Family and fellow soldiers is unquestioned. His service in the US Marines and with the Special Forces was exemplary. He and I spent time visiting about our time in Viet Nam, he on the land and me on a US Navy submarine at sea. He is truly a special person and will be truly missed. God bless all of his family.

  5. Bruce was my first “boss”, when I joined the Special Forces. He was my mentor and guidance counselor. He encouraged me to go through SFAS and the SFQC. After he retired, I assisted him on a few cases with his Detective agency. Little did I know, I would end up retiring from the military 26 years later. This was because of Bruce’s influence on my life. He will be missed.

  6. I knew Bruce as a member of the 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne). I was always impressed with his professionalism, his great work ethic, his calm demeanor, and how he treated all persons with respect. Condolences to his family and friends. RIP Bruce, you’ve more than earned it. DOL.

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