Terrence James “T.J.” Young, age 32, left our presence on the 8th day of August 2021 at his home in Miles City, Montana.
T.J. was born on February 9, 1989 in Tucson, Arizona to Tamara and Terry Young. At the age of one, he moved to Miles City, Montana with his family where he would grow up and live the remainder of his life. T.J. played baseball as a child along with being a multiple state champion wrestler while he participated in the sport until he became old enough to compete in his true passion, demolition derby’s. He acquired many trophy’s by beating the best drivers in the area and placing 1st at many hard-fought derbies. T.J. won the most events and heats out of all the family and friends who raced with his uncle Tom and the Brew Crew. He loved his family and the bonding that came with building a car and all the support he received from them and the crowd. T.J. was a straightforward and quick-witted individual which made him very likeable, creating many great relationships with many people. Although he was large in height and build, he was known to be a big teddy bear with a heart big enough to match his stature. As a young adult he would often wear the color yellow which coined him the nickname “Cheese” that stuck with him to this day. Ironically T.J.’s long time dog, Brody was scheduled to be euthanized the day after he departed us and will be cremated and placed with T.J. in his urn to be together again.
His siblings Sandra and Brian were blessed to share the experience of T.J. being an uncle to baby Mya, Alexander, and Brynlei who he could always instantly make light up in their presents. He was the coolest uncle in their eyes, and he showed them immense love. He was especially close to his cousin, Robert Boager who assisted T.J. for many years building derby cars. Naturally, Robert’s son Treyton Boager would become as close to T.J. through the same process and shared loved for demolition derbies. Of course, without his father, his coach, his rock, his favorite pitman, the satisfaction T.J. achieved wouldn’t have been the way he experienced it without “trying to win for dad”. Sometimes T.J. and his mother didn’t always see eye to eye (she’s only 5’1”), T.J. knew he could always depend on her loved throughout his life and comfort you can only receive from your mom. T.J. leaves behind so many family members and friends who all carry special moments and memories throughout his life. Unfortunately, T.J. will remain “forever young” while we continue on in a world where he will be missed tremendously. We were all fortunate to have been gifted his time and energy, no matter the amount we were able to enjoy.
T.J. is survived by his father Terry Young, his mother Tamara Young, a son, Joshua Wood who lives with his mother in Oregon. T.J. has two brothers, Joseph Young and Brian Gray and a sister, Sandra Young. He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Phyllis Young, great grandmother, Hillary Hartzel, and an uncle Tom Young.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, August 13, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. at Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home in Miles City. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting: www.stevensonandsons.com