On Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020, Dr. Robert Preston Young, loving and beloved husband and father, passed away after a valiant six year battle with lung cancer. He was 75. He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Carol Young; and his two children, Byron and Theodore; and his brother, Jim Young.
Robert was born on Aug. 27, 1945 in Rhode Island, to Ruth and Earl “Brad” Young. As the son of a young Naval officer he lived his life moving frequently as his father’s career took the family to many parts of the country. Eventually they settled in Atlanta, where he finished high school and attended university at Georgia Tech. He followed that with medical school at Tulane University.
He served his country during the Vietnam War as an Army doctor stationed in Thailand. He returned stateside in 1973 to complete his medical education at Tulane where he finished his ophthalmology residency in 1976.
Touched by his tropical experience in Thailand and in search of a home, Bob discovered Kona, Hawaii. The small town, close-knit community, and aloha spirit called to him. He joined the medical staff at the newly built Kona Hospital, and shortly after founded his medical practice, the Eye Center of Hawaii. He made Kona his home for the next 36 years.
He loved traveling the world and had an adventuring spirit and curious mind. His experiences in life seemed endless. Pilot, mountaineer, filmmaker, veteran, surgeon, scuba diver, blues guitarist. He was a terrible fisherman, but he never stopped trying. At everything else, he excelled.
In 2012, Bob retired to Coronado, where he continued to enjoy the small-town, island lifestyle that he loved, and allowed him to be close to family and big-city activities. He was often seen riding his bike around the island.
His life and work touched many people. Friends, staff, patients, and peers will remember his thoughtfulness and warmth.
A celebration of his life will be held at a later date.