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Late surveyor hailed as champion for community

Youngman was serving fourth term

POSTED: June 24, 2009 4:00 a.m.
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Friends and family are mourning the loss of Frederick “Fred” C. Youngman, Dawson County’s surveyor, who died June 17.

  

Youngman, 67, had lived in Dawson County for the past 21 years after moving from Forsyth County.

  

Stepson Bo Wilson described Youngman as a strong individual who enjoyed politics and was very patriotic.

  

“He was vocal on many issues concerning the county,” Wilson said. “He stood up for what he thought was right and what he thought was in the best interest of this community.”

  

Wilson said his stepfather was a veteran of the U.S. Navy who was proud of his country and having served it. His funeral Saturday was conducted with full military honors. Interment followed in Liberty Baptist Church Cemetery.

  

“He was a great husband to my mom and helped raise my sisters and I from a young age,” Wilson said. “He was there for us, accepted us as his own. We were just like any other family.”

  

County Manager Kevin Tanner, who had known Youngman for about 20 years, described him as “always a champion for Dawson County.”

  

“He was a great businessman and community activist that will be missed very much by his family, as well as citizens of our community,” Tanner said.

  

Jennifer Burt, probate court judge, had also known Youngman for about two decades.

  

“He was such a wonderful man who was always very involved in the county,” she said. “He was known by many people in the county and will be someone who is going to be deeply missed.”

  

Youngman was in his fourth term as county surveyor, an elected position. He had been a certified land surveyor for more than 30 years, many of which he owned and operated Youngman Surveying.

  

Mike Berg, chairman of the county commission, said Youngman provided trusted opinions and perspectives on various subjects.

  

“He gave the commission valuable information and advice from a professional standpoint and engineering perspective,” Berg said.

  

Other survivors include his wife, Linda Youngman of Dawsonville; children, Fred K. Youngman of Flowery Branch, Tom and Sharon Youngman of Tallahassee, Fla., David and Jennifer Youngman of Dunwoody, Jaime and Jason Harper of Cumming, Bo Wilson of Dawsonville and Gina Wilson of Dahlonega; and 10 grandchildren.

 

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