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Police Sgt. Jaime Jay Young

February 10, 1978 – February 25, 2024

Jaime “JJ” Young, 46, passed away on February 25th, 2024, at his residence in Kernersville, NC, surrounded by his loving family. He was born February 10, 1978, in Fort Plain, NY to Leo and Lois Young who preceded him in death. Jaime is survived by the love of his life, Amy Beth Young, whom he married in 2012, his children, Gracie James Young (8), and Maverick Wyatt Young (7). His sisters, Robin Higgins (Eric), children Garrett and Ryan Goettel, Stacy Hastings (Steve), children Christa Tevepaugh, Patrick and Eric Hastings, sister-in-law Sharon Clarke (Dominic), in-laws Edward Dembrosky Jr. and Joann Dembrosky, and 7 cousins.

As part of Jaime’s MPA program he was asked to write his obituary. His family has incorporated it throughout. It’s tough to find a starting point when it comes to Jaime. The loss of his father at a very young age affected him for many years, however, his mother and his sisters did an outstanding job raising him to be the man everyone that met him came to love. Jaime loved sports and played just about every sport you can imagine, especially soccer. He also loved helping his neighbors and you could often find him mowing or shoveling snow for them. Jaime graduated from Fort Plain High School and LeMoyne College in Syracuse, NY where he received his undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice and Psychology. His dream was to be in the FBI; however, his path took a different turn. After college, Jaime managed a very successful restaurant, the Blue Water Grill in Baldwinsville, NY. He had numerous regulars and was well known for his homemade “Cosmopolitan”. After wanting more normal hours and the opportunity to start a family, Jaime received a special delivery from UPS and the opportunity to join their sales division. Jaime spent 8 years there receiving multiple promotions. It was during this time he met the love of his life, Amy. In 2008, it was fate that brought them together at NASCAR in Watkins Glen, and Jaime always teased Amy that he had to track her down that night. Jaime and Amy were married 12 years.

Jaime and Amy decided to move to North Carolina to be closer to family. It was shortly after that move that Amy suggested Jaime do something he always aspired to do; start a career in law enforcement. Jaime went to training and came out at the top of his class. He decided to work at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro. Jaime said that he once was a college student that made mistakes, he wanted to help and guide others and do his best to keep them safe and out of trouble. Jaime went above and beyond to set a good example for those around him; at the age of 42 he went back to college for his Master of Public Administration degree. Jaime can  graduate in May with his MPA from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Jaime enjoyed a long but not long enough illustrious career at UNCG. During his career with the UNCG Police Department, Jaime served as a patrol officer, criminal investigator, behavioral assessment team member, accreditation manager, and patrol sergeant. In 2019, Jaime received Officer of the Year at the UNCG Police Department and in 2020, he was recognized as the UNC System Officer of the Year for outstanding and exceptional service. Jaime was a friendly, compassionate and driven law enforcement professional who had an immense impact on the department and the university. He will always be remembered on campus for his warm smile and genuinely caring spirit.

While Jaime loved where he worked and what he did, his children were his everything.

Jaime went to his children’s schools on Professional Day and discussed with the class about being a police officer and a public servant. Jaime was a coach for Gracie and Maverick’s T-ball teams. Jaime and his family are members of the Main Street Methodist Church in Kernersville.

Jaime’s Celebration of Life service will be at the Main Street Methodist Church, 306 South Main Street in Kernersville at 2:00 pm on Thursday, March 7th. Burial will follow at the church cemetery next door. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Jaime Young’s gofundme for Gracie and Mavericks college education, American Colon Cancer Society, or Liberty Homecare & Hospice Services.

Online condolences may be made through Triad Cremation & Funeral Service’s website