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Keith Paul Young Jr.

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Keith Paul Young Jr.

YOUNG, Jr., KEITH PAUL – Keith was born February 18, 1958, in Dallas, Texas to Jere Snider Young and Keith Young, Sr. He died unexpectedly in an accident on September 9, 2016.

Keith attended Highland Park schools, St. Mark’s School of Texas, and Stanford University, where he graduated with honors in 1980. At Stanford, he earned the James Birdsall Weter Prize for Outstanding History Honors Thesis.

He returned to Dallas and married the love of his life, Mary McEntire. Together, they raised their two extraordinary and beloved children, Martha McEntire Young and Keith Paul Young, III.

Keith founded Apartment Protection Services and later sold the company to Centex. He returned to the family car business, becoming the dealer for Young Chevrolet, and later founding Young Hyundai of Rockwall. Awarded the Chevrolet Dealer of the Year award by General Motors, he truly appreciated and was dedicated to his wonderful employees. Keith also was active in the community, co-chairing a capital campaign for the Shelton School and serving on the board of Educational Opportunities, Inc. A founding member of the Dallas Rowing Club, he took great pleasure in boats of all kinds, from windsurfers (one of which he built in his garage as a teenager), to sailboats, to wooden motorboats, to racing shells. He loved to listen to classical music while taking an early-morning row on Bachman Lake. Not surprisingly, he also loved cars – from the 1936 Ford that he drove to high school to amateur racing cars that he later drove in competitions throughout the country. He also earned his pilot’s license and enjoyed the thrill of flying a tail-dragger. One of his greatest adventures was completing the Peking to Paris road rally in 2013 with his then-83-year-old father. In their 1940 Suburban, Keith drove 7,600 miles across Asia and Europe, even camping out in sandstorms in the Gobi Desert. Exceedingly well read, he was also an enthusiast of all kinds of music, from folk to Bossa Nova to opera. He loved to travel with his family, and he treasured any time he could spend with them: sharing Sunday-night Mexican-food dinners, going to SMU football games with his son, teaching his daughter to sail, and taking long winter walks on the beautiful beaches of Cape Cod with his best friend, his devoted wife. But these activities do not convey the breadth and depth of Keith Young. To his family and friends, he was an anchor – someone steady, solid, and utterly trustworthy. He was the person whom you could always rely on for calm and wise counsel and assistance. He also was a lot of fun. There was no gap between who Keith appeared to be and who he was: a gentleman and a gentle man. He was a treasure – a dear, handsome, funny, smart, generous, thoughtful, and kind man who was deeply loved by so many people. Words cannot begin to express the unbelievable pain of his loss.

Keith was preceded in death by his mother, Jere Young, and his sister, Kathe Griggs.

He is survived by his wife, Mary, and children, Martha and Keith; his father and stepmother, Keith and Anne Young; sister and brother-in-law, Nancy and Joe Dorociak; sister-in-law, Lynn Vogt; brother-in-law, Bart McEntire and wife, Paddy; brother-in-law, Sawnie McEntire and wife, Debbie; and countless nieces and nephews, cousins, and friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy, the Muscular Dystrophy Association, or Scottish Rite Hospital.

Helen Bearden

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Helen Jean Bearden


Helen Jean Bearden

Long-time White Rock United Methodist choir member Helen Jean Bearden, 88, passed away Saturday, Aug. 27, in Dallas, near her home at White Rock Lake.

Helen is survived by her brother Karl and his wife Betty Anderson of Highland Park; daughter Cynthia Ann Bearden Lucke of Arizona; and son Brian Bearden of Plano, Texas; along with nieces Cathy Anderson Taylor of Plano, Becky Anderson Bailey of Plano; Sharon Anderson of Dallas; nephews Bobby Anderson of Breckenridge, Texas; and Charlie Anderson of Dallas. She treasured her grandchildren Joshua Lucke of Dallas, Tristen Lucke of Arizona; Madison and Hannah Bearden of Plano; and three great grandchildren, Marcus, Leeloo and Kalel Lucke.

She is preceded in death by her parents Earle K. Anderson and Helen Emrie Anderson of University Park; her brother Robert “Bob” Anderson of Breckenridge, Texas; and William “Bill” Bearden of Dallas.

She was born in Chicago, moved to and grew up in University Park and graduated from Highland Park High School and Southern Methodist University, where she was a Tri-Delta. She loved helping others and worked into her late 80s in medical offices in Dallas at the old Medical Arts Hospital and Baylor Dallas with Dr. David Young. Her favorite times involved being with friends and family at the lake, cheering on her Dallas Cowboys, Dallas Mavericks, Texas Rangers, and SMU Mustangs, and singing as an Alto in the choir at White Rock United Methodist Church. She has been a member of the church choir since 1968 upon moving back to Dallas after living a few years in Colorado and California. She cherished being a member of Wilshire Baptist’s 100-voice New Song community choir, which has members from 15 churches.

Funeral services were held Sept. 3 at White Rock United Methodist Church, with a reception following. Pastor Mitchell Boone officiated the ceremony. A scholarship fund for Children’s Chorus students has been established in her name to give the gift of music and donations can be made to the Children’s Chorus of Collin County, 7801 Alma Dr. STE 105-166, Plano TX 75025.

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Santa to be at NorthPark Black Friday



Santa Claus is coming to Dallas. NorthPark Center is holding its annual Salvation Army Angel Tree Celebration on Black Friday, Nov. 27.

The celebration will kick off the center's 50th holiday season at 10:30 a.m. Santa will select the first Angel for a child in need in North Texas.

Texas Ballet Theater will perform The Nutcracker and there will be a character meet-and-greet after the performance. Festivities will be held on the first floor between Nordstrom and Macy's.

Kylie Weintraub & Alan Hise

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High School sweethearts, Kylie Ann Weintraub and Alan Jacob Hise, were united in marriage on August 1, 2015 at The Club at Crested Butte in Crested Butte, Colo. Family friend, Judge Jack Jones Jr., officiated the ceremony. After the couple exchanged rings and recited their vows, Kylie surprised Alan with an Aggie ring. Following the ceremony guests enjoyed a buffet dinner, preceded by cocktails on the patio, also at The Club at Crested Butte, overlooking the scenic Rocky Mountains. Dance music was provided by the Moses Jones Band from Denver. The bride and groom took to the dance floor for their first dance together for Dean Martin's "Ain't That A Kick In The Head." The couple’s send off was in the father of the bride’s 1933 maroon Ford Tudor Deluxe.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Guy Weintraub of University Park. She is the granddaughter of Cordelia V. Stovall of Dallas and the late Tom Stovall, and the late Mr. and Mrs. Sam Weintraub. The groom is the son of Dr. and Mrs. Joseph Hise of University Park. He is the grandson of Mary Frances Hise of Lubbock, Texas and the late Henry Hise and the late Hubert Van de Vyver and the late Bernice Pszcskowski.

The bride was given in marriage by her parents and escorted down the aisle on the arm of her father. For her wedding the bride selected a structured, ivory satin, trumpet-style gown. She completed her look with an heirloom Belgian lace veil, passed down from bride to bride on the groom's mother's side of the family and worn by the groom's mother, Beth Hise, on her wedding day. Assisting the bride as maid of honor was Alex McGowen. Her bridesmaids included Hannah Hofweber, Aryn Akin, Kendall Palmer, Emily Hammack, and Megan Roepe. Craig McLaughlin, guitarist, and Lizzie Plotkin, violinist, both from Crested Butte, provided music for the ceremony.

Attending the groom as best men were his brothers, Luke Hise and Greg Hise. Groomsmen included Vance Weintraub, Barret Howell, Chad Wheiles, Rusty Bratton, and Andrew Elliott. Ushers were Zach Fichtenbaum, Jordan Raney, and Jordan McGowen.

The bride is a 2008 graduate of Highland Park High School. She received a Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting with business honors from Texas A&M University, where she also later received a Masters in finance. Kylie is a Certified Public Accountant who is now employed as a senior audit associate at KPMG.

The groom is also a 2008 graduate of Highland Park High School. He received a Bachelor of Science in economics from Texas A&M University. He is currently continuing his studies as a fourth year medical student at Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine.

Following their wedding trip to Bali, Indonesia, the couple have made their home in Dallas.

Congrats to 2015 AFE Recipients


Humanities/History AFE recipients Cynthia Salzman Mondell and Allen Mondell

Humanities/History AFE recipients Cynthia Salzman Mondell and Allen Mondell

The Dallas Historical Society announced the 2015 Awards for Excellence in Community Service.

The recipients will be honored at the 34th annual AFE luncheon Nov. 19 in the Fairmont Hotel. Tickets are available now.

“This event recognizes those who have contributed their time, talent and resources to make history in their respective areas, and we look forward to celebrating their achievements,” said Kit Sawers, event chair.

Congratulations to the recipients (for full bios visit the Dallas Historical Society website):

  • Sports Leadership: Tim Brown
  • Arts Leadership: Giselle Antoni
  • Business: Richard Eiseman, Jr.
  • Creative Arts: Bill Booziotis
  • Education: Margaret Wildenthal
  • Health/Sciences-Medicine: Robert W. Haley, M.D.
  • Humanities: Dr. Ronald E. Jones
  • Humanities/History: Cynthia Salzman Mondell and Allen Mondell
  • Philanthropy: Gerald Ford
  • Volunteer Community Leadership: Vikki J. Martin and the Ferguson Road Initiative
  • Jubilee History Makers: Matrice and Ron Kirk


Brooke Johnson & Andrew Conant

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(Photo: Sarah Kate)

(Photo: Sarah Kate, Photographer)

Brooke Rae Denise Johnson and Andrew Kimball Conant were united in marriage May 9, 2015 at Royal Lane Baptist Church. Scott Kedersha, marriage pastor at Watermark Church, officiated their ceremony. A seated dinner and dancing followed at the Dallas Scottish Rite Museum.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Randall Dennis Johnson of Montgomery, Texas. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Leroy Johnson of Phelan, Calif. and the late Rev. and Mrs. Raymond Mitchell of Houston. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. George Kimball Conant III of University Park. He is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Elwood Jenkins of Santa Rosa, Calif. and the late Mr. and Mrs. George Kimball Conant Jr. of St. Louis.

The bride wore an exquisite ivory Allure ball gown featuring a sweetheart bodice encrusted with Swarovski crystals and lace appliqué with a crystal belt accenting the waistline. Brooke carried a cross crocheted by her great, great grandmother, Ruby Day Blankenship, along with a picture of her grandmother Edith Marie Mitchell.

Assisting the bride as matron of honor was Madeline Rose Fetterly and as maid of honor, Caitlin Leigh Irvin. Bridesmaids included Lindsay Conant Betancourt, Sarah Ryerson Conant, Brittany Marie Elizabeth Dean, Shae Michelle Kyling, and Allison Marie Lauderdale. The flower girls were Savanna Grace Elizabeth Dean and Sutton Gray Kyling. Music was provided by Nicole Daniel with piano/vocals and Sam Mendez with guitar/vocals.

Attending the groom as best man was Samuel Patrick Maher. His groomsmen included Sol Jose Betancourt, David Watson Frick, Alan Scott Littenberg, Andrew William Moyer, Brett Conner Thompson, and Parker Scott Woodruff. Anthony Darrell Landry was usher and the ring bearers were Hunter Wayne Dean and Beckham Tomas Kyling.

The bride is a graduate of Kingwood High School. She graduated magna cum laude from Texas Christian University, with a Bachelor of Science in nursing. Brooke is an RN in the NICU at Seton Northwest in Austin, Texas.

The groom is a graduate of Highland Park High School. He graduated cum laude from Texas Christian University, with a Bachelor of Business Administration. Andrew is currently a full time student at The University of Texas McCombs School of Business. He was formerly with American Airlines.

Following their wedding trip to Bora Bora, the couple have made Austin their home.



branchwebThe Honorable and Mrs. Daniel H. Branch of University Park are pleased to formally announce the engagement, late last year, of their son, Daniel H. Branch Jr., to Heather Elizabeth Young, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Van G. Young of New Canaan, Connecticut.

Miss Young is a 2005 graduate of New Canaan High School.  She received her Bachelor of Science in economics and a minor in art history from Vanderbilt University in 2009 and currently manages the southwest sales for New York based publishing titles with WNP Media in Dallas.

Mr. Branch grew up in University Park and is a 2005 graduate of the St. Mark's School of Texas.  He graduated from Vanderbilt University in 2009, receiving a Bachelor of Science in history and economics.  He is employed as an acquisitions and asset management professional within the real estate group of Crow Holdings Capital in Dallas.

A September 2015 wedding is planned in Naples, Florida.

Byron Egan Named UP Citizen of the Year


Byron Egan

Byron Egan

Byron Egan has been named University Park’s 2015 Citizen of the Year.

Egan, who graduated from HPHS and then UT Austin, worked with his wife, Nancy Egan, to turn a book bank into the University Park Public Library in 2013.

He is now a partner of Jackson Walker LLP in Dallas and chair of the Executive Council of the M&A Committee of the American Bar Association.

After riding in the Park Cities Fourth of July parade, he will be recognized during a ceremony at the Goar Park gazebo.