Steve Young started serving the Tri-Cities as a member of the Kennewick City Council in 2008. Then in 2009, he began his run as Kennewick's Mayor for four consecutive terms. He was still with the city council and was planning to run for Mayor again, when he lost his battle with cancer yesterday evening.

The city said,

It is with heavy hearts and sadness that we announce Councilman Steve Young passed away today due to complications from a recent illness. The entire City of Kennewick family mourns this loss and we extend our deepest sympathies to Steve Young’s family."

The city provided this list of service roles Mayor Young helped with:

  • Mayor of City of Kennewick 1-2009 to 2018 (2nd longest serving Mayor)
  • Kennewick City Councilman 12-2008 to present
  • Chairman of the Planning Commission
  • Chairman of the Civil Service Commission
  • Kennewick Public Facilities District board member
  • Chairman of the Council Budget and Administration Committee
  • TRIDEC Executive Board
  • U.S. Manhattan project Park Advisory Committee
  • Tri-Cities Visitor and Convention Bureau
  • Regional Public Facilities District - Joint City of Kennewick & Port of Kennewick
  • Joint Coliseum Advisory Committee
  • Fireman’s’ Pension Board
  • LEOFF Disability Board
  • Vice Chairman of the Hanford Communities
  • Vice Chairman of Energy Communities Alliance
  • State Council of Aging appointed 2011 by Governor Gregoire
  • Represented the Association of Washington Cities
  • Personally sponsored an award to recognize young people community service volunteerism
  • Community Care Program
  • Served on KGH Foundation
  • Planning partner for KGH transition to Trios
  • Construction coordinator for current Visitor and Convention Bureau building
  • Driving force for Southridge development
  • Contributor to Coats for Kids, various food drives and veterans’ event
  • Volunteer constructor for Bikes for Tykes sponsored by Local 598
  • Contributor for Tri-City Americans’ hockey childrens’ fund raising, teddy bear toss