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Marc saw her through the long healing process, and on Oc- tober 1, 2000, they were married. Not long after they married, the couple began fishing together again, making adjustments for San- dy’s needs. It wasn’t long until they decided to fish a tournament, put on by Walton’s Pond in San Leandro, Calif. “I really enjoyed compet- ing again,” Young said. “We did well enough to get our first plaque together, I wanted to do it more.” “May good fortune be with you, may your guiding light be strong, build a stairway to heaven with a prince or a vagabond. And may you never love in vain, and in my heart you will remain Forever Young, Forever Young, Forever Young, Forever Young, Forever Young, Forever Young.” By the year 2005, the couple had earned Angler of the Year titles in the local Hook, Line and Sinker Series as well as the National Bass West tournaments on the Delta. “Marc has taught me everything I know about fishing, and we work well together in the boat,” she said. “Our partnership works because Marc is patient, and we work together.” His patience included retrofitting their Champion boat so that his wife can comfortably and safely fish. “He outfitted a special chair that swivels, yet has a locking mechanism,” she said. It basically operates like an office chair, and it allows me to fish from the back deck.” Staying put is not the only consideration, because of her inju- ries, Young’s body cannot self regulate, so if she get too hot, or too cold, she would not be able to tell. “I have to think about what the conditions are, and make the adjustments I need to stay comfort- able,” she said. “I have a 12 volt fan set up for when I need it; Marc has also set the boat up with my own battery so that I can run my equipment with- out draining the trolling or cranking batteries. When it’s cold, I wear

a Rocky Mountain vest that has thermal heat pads for keeping me warm.” “And when you finally fly away, I’ll be hoping that I served you well, for all the wisdom of a lifetime, No one can ever tell.” Young lists her favorite technique as drop shotting, and she has caught a personal best six-pound largemouth bass in a tournament. Along with their Angler of the Year titles listed earlier, they have also racked up and impressive list of tournament finishes. Included in those finishes are a half dozen wins, and several top 10 finishes. Not one to take it easy, Young still works for her sponsors as hard as she did when she was racing on the Jet Ski circuit. “Red Line Oil was my main sponsor when I raced, and they have stood behind me through the injury, and now behind Marc and me in our fishing,” Young revealed. “I have been with Red Line for 17 years, our Champion is wrapped in Red Line graphics, and we have other companies who stand ready to help us too. Nichols Lures, Bob’s Marine in Modesto, California Navionics, and most recently Power- Pole. All of these companies help us tremendously; we wouldn’t be able to do this without their help.” “But whatever road you choose, I’m right behind you, win or lose, Forever Young, Forever Young, Forever Young, Forever Young, For- ever Young, Forever Young, Forever Young, Forever Young.” No matter the cost, Marc and Sandy Young continue to work together to share what they love doing, fishing. The two of them embody sacrifice, dedication, patience and joy. In doing so, they become examples of all of those attributes and of determination to everyone who comes across their path. With all of the trials, they continue to go through life as if they were to be forever young, and they have a way of doing the same for everyone who comes to know them as well. BW

by Dan O’Sullivan

November/December 2009