Vice mayor of Murfreesboro dies after long cancer battle

Courtesy: City of Murfreesboro

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WKRN) – Murfreesboro vice-mayor Doug Young passed away on Sunday after a long battle with cancer. He was 68.

“Murfreesboro has lost one of its greatest champions,” Mayor Shane McFarland said. “We will miss his leadership and dedication to our city council.”

The mayor went on to call Young “one of the most selfless people he has ever met.”

“Murfreesboro is a better place because of him and I am better for having known him. He will truly be missed,” McFarland said.

Young was elected to Murfreesboro City Council in 2002 and as vice mayor in 2014.

Since 1973, he has been the owner of City Tile and Floor Covering Company. He also served as a member of the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce, Main Street Board of Directors and the Blue Raider Athletic Association.

Young attended Hobgood Elementary School and graduated from Murfreesboro Central High School before earning a bachelor’s degree from Middle Tennessee State University in 1971.

He was also a lifelong member of First Presbyterian Church of Murfreesboro. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, three children and four grandchildren.

Mayor McFarland has ordered flags on city buildings to be lowered to half-staff this week in Young’s honor.