Lehman H. Young Sr.
printing company founder
Lehman H. Young Sr., 96, who had owned and operated a printing business in Fairfax City since 1936, died March 6 at Inova Fair Oaks Hospital. He had pneumonia.
The death was confirmed by his daughter Deborah Young.
Mr. Young, a Fairfax City resident, was a grand marshal of the City of Fairfax Independence Day Parade in 2001. It capped civic involvement dating to the start of his business, the Virginia Press.
Mr. Young helped start the Central Fairfax Chamber of Commerce, served on the building committees of the Fairfax United Methodist Church and the American Legion and became a volunteer firefighter.
He was a past treasurer of the Country Club of Fairfax, and his other memberships included Optimist International and the Rotary Club. He was a Democratic Party official in the county.
Lehman Harvey Young was born in what was the Town of Fairfax and raised on his family’s farm nearby. He was president of a model airplane club in his youth and gained a commercial pilot’s license as a young man.
After graduating in 1935 from Fairfax High School, he started his press business and also was a Linotype operator at The Washington Post.
He said he flew to Washington every day — from the old Beacon Field near his home to what is now Reagan National Airport — and then caught a bus to work. In a Post article at the time, he complained that city traffic and few parking spaces made it just as economical as driving into the District.
During World War II, he joined the Navy and became a pilot trainer. He remained in the Navy Reserve until retiring in the 1960s at the rank of lieutenant. He attended George Washington University.
His marriages to Marie Randolph and Margaret Thompson ended in divorce. His third wife, Mary Desenberg Young, died Feb. 11 after 35 years of marriage.
Survivors include three children from his first marriage, Deborah Young of Arlington, Pamela Walker of Newnan, Ga., and Lehman H. Young Jr. of Casanova, Va.; two stepchildren, Carolyn Allen of Norfolk, Va., and Jennifer Boyenga of Kilmarnock, Va.; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
— Adam Bernstein