In Loving Memory of Carson Isaiah Young

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I know this blog platform has become the source of technology advice, lessons learned and general guidance for many professionals around the world. As such, I don’t often write about non-technology topics or share my personal journey, but I am hoping you will be understanding after reading of the tragedy and sorrow in my family this last week and the hope we have for our future.

On the morning of Monday 4-14-14 God brought an angel into our lives and family, Carson Isaiah Young. Carson brought joy, hope, happiness and a new level of love to all of us.

On the morning of Monday 4-4-16, Jesus carried him home to be with Him forever. My wife Stephanie, six year old daughter Jade, and almost five year old son Addison, appreciate all your thoughts and prayers as we walk through what’s next on our journey. We don’t know why things happen the way they do, but we are fully trusting our heavenly Father as He weaves a beautiful tapestry through our lives.

Our family has a peace that surpasses all understanding, and we pray the same for you and your loved ones through whatever life brings your way.

When peace, like a river, attendeth my way
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say,
It is well, it is well with my soul.

This song tells the story of Horatio Spafford who wrote the words to this inspiring hymn. He was not new to tragedy in his life. He had lost his only son to an illness and lost all of his real estate investments in the Great Chicago Fire. In 1873, his family was going to sail to Europe for a much-needed vacation. He was delayed by business but sent his wife and four daughters on ahead. The ship sank in 12 minutes. His wife was among the survivors. His four daughters were not.

He immediately set sail to bring his wife home and while sailing near the place of the shipwreck he wrote this inspiring hymn. This video provides a wonderful recap of the story while listening to the hymn.

In loving memory of our precious baby boy, who loved our times as a family at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, we want to honor him with a generous donation to the foundation.

The aquarium is in the process of building a new Ocean Education and Leadership Center, and we have a unique opportunity to have a plaque dedicated in his name.

Our family vacations at the aquarium once a year and this will be a special way for Dane, Stephanie, Jade and Addison to remember his innocence as a fun-loving child who adored the sea.

We request that you consider making a contribution to this GoFundMe campaign instead of sending flowers or other gifts. We will be sending all contributions directly to the aquarium in Carson’s name. More details can be found by clicking here.

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  1. RCamposRCampos04-14-2016

    First time on your blog and I am just moved by your courage and faith. As a father of 3 boys I cant imagine it so my heart goes out to you and your family.

  2. Jason E. SmithJason E. Smith04-13-2016

    Dane, I was sorry to hear about this last week and you’ve been in my prayers. You and your wife’s strength is a testament to your faith. I admire you for it. – Jason

  3. John CareyJohn Carey04-12-2016

    There are no words. You and your family are in my thoughts.

  4. DJ EshelmanDJ Eshelman04-11-2016

    Man, I’m so sorry for your loss but love the perspective.
    I actually sang that song two weeks ago for my church. Means a lot to me too, but I can’t say I fully understand what you guys are going thru; can’t imagine it. But I’m glad that you have this ‘blessed assurance’ that God can even when most of us can’t.
    I know many don’t understand what I’m talking about, and that’s okay… I’m not sure any of us really do. I’ll be praying for you and your family, none the less.

  5. Scott CochranScott Cochran04-11-2016

    Young Family,

    I am so sorry for your loss. You and Carson are in our thoughts…

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