The Collection of George Young
Young passed away on August 1st, 2005 at the age of 93 in Yuma, Arizona.
George grew up around
Boise, Idaho and graduated from Leadville High School in 1929.
Soon after, on the 4th of July, 1934, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and
continued until retirement in 1964. George
progressed to the rank of Senior Master Sergeant which his how he got his
nickname “Sarge”. His main job
in the Army was as a cook where he developed special skills of baking.
Another interest during that time was collecting sea shells.
I had the opportunity to see some of the beautiful specimens that he
collected while stationed at Okinawa.
one of George's favorite
activities was collecting fluorescent rocks and minerals.
Below are some photos of his cabinets as well as some individual large
A Cabinet with Arizona Fluorescents
A Cabinet with Franklin Fluorescents
George's most prized piece, a superb example of Benitoite
One of the many slabs of petrified wood that also happens to be fluorescent
A magnificent specimen of Calcite from Charles B. Ward Fluorescent Minerals
A large and impressive piece from the Purple Passion Mine given to George by Bill Gardner
A large piece with Esperite, Hardystonite, Willemite and Calcite
A classic example of Willemite and Calcite from the Edison Tunnel
Yellow Wollastonite in red Calcite from Sterling Hill
An excellent combination of Clinohedrite, Hardystonite, Willemite and Calcite
An attractive combination of yellow Norbergite and blue Diopside
Calcite and Barite from Franklin, rather than Sterling Hill