One of Laguna Beach's most prominent citizens, David Young, has died of natural causes. He had celebrated his 96th birthday this spring on May 3rd. In addition to his stature in Laguna's business community, Young was also an outspoken advocate for the local arts scene, and Laguna's Festival of Arts, in particular.
Until his retirement, he was the driving force behind the family's construction business, Young Building Corp., which was responsible for the construction of such well-known Laguna landmarks as the Wells Fargo and Bank of America buildings. Among his many honors, David Young was a recipient of the designation as Builder of the Year from the National Association of Home Builders. Upon his retirement, he turned over operation of the company to his son Robin Young and grandson Michael Young, who represents the fourth and fifth generations of Youngs to have worked in the family business, begun by Young's grandfather in 1884.