Bill young’s first family emerges to tell their story electricity vocabulary words

Terry Young said he relished the opportunity to share such a moment with his father. The two had been out of touch for more than a year after Bill Young divorced his wife of 36 years — Terry’s mother — and married his former secretary eight days later.

After Bill Young died Oct. 18 at 82, he was given a funeral befitting a legend. Speakers — including House Speaker John Boehner and high-ranking military officials — praised his skills at crafting legislation and advocating for his constituents.

"I would also like to say that he also has three other children who are adults," Robert Young announced. He gave their names — Pam, Terry, Kimber — and said that they are "not really speakers" and that he "didn’t want to put them on the spot."

By the 1980s Young was a beloved politician known for bringing millions of dollars into the Tampa Bay area and ardently supporting the military. He was well on his way to becoming one of the most powerful and respected politicians in Tampa Bay history.

"It all happened really fast, all the records were sealed and the wife he divorced wouldn’t talk about it," said Robert Barnes, who was covering politics for the Times then, and now writes about the U.S. Supreme Court for the Washington Post.

"I was on the editorial board in 1984, not covering Young per se, but I remember that we were quite aware of what was going on and that it was scarcely if at all alluded to in print," said former Times journalist Martin Dyckman. "Those of us at the Times weren’t comfortable exploiting a politician’s private life so long as it didn’t cross with his work."

"We are not political," their document begins. "We are not looking for media attention or publicity and we never did. It’s just that if you read the news about his life you would think that he moved to Florida … then married Bev and had three children. We believe the 36 years with Marian were the richest and most productive part of his life."

The family spent extended vacations at the home every summer. Often joined by extended family or friends, they water-skied on the lake in the afternoons and listened to Bill and Terry play guitar in the evenings. They took hundreds of photos over the years as the kids grew bigger.

Beverly Young said her husband underwent multiple surgeries, including heart bypass surgery in 1996, without hearing from Terry Young or his sisters. Over the years the congressman also had surgery for a slipped disc, a kidney stone and gallbladder removal.

"They are going to use the media to try to get back at me," she said. "It’s been 30 years and it’s a joke. He had nothing to do with them and he wanted nothing to do with them after he tried in the beginning. He would tell me to tell you they are not his family."

Asked whether any photos of Young’s first family were included in the photo montage at his funeral, Mrs. Young replied: "Hell, no. Why would I do that? Why should they be? They played no part in his life whatsoever. Consider that courtesy of me."

" … It’s sad, that after thirty years (Marian Young) still can’t accept the fact that he never loved her. … She attempted to make him stay in a loveless marriage by having her children, but once they were out of his home and grown adults he wanted to experience real love, life and happiness. And that’s what we did. We did it when, where and how we wanted to."

Young was admitted Oct. 4 to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. According to initial reports, Young’s pain from a lingering back injury had become unbearable. After he was admitted, Mrs. Young said she discovered blood on a tissue she held to his mouth after he coughed during breakfast, causing her to summon doctors.

But there was more to the story, which would become clear three weeks later. In a Nov. 8 interview, Beverly Young told the Times that a broken hip and fractured pelvis, sustained in a fall in their rented Arlington, Va., home — not just the back pain he had struggled with for decades — had landed him in Walter Reed in the first place.

On at least that sentiment, the congressman’s first three children had a surprising ally at the service. Robert Young, Beverly’s son by a previous marriage whom the congressman adopted, stunned nearly everyone when he mentioned the first family.

She acknowledged another incentive for remaining unmarried — the $2,000-a-month lifetime alimony negotiated by Charles Ehrlich and Bill Young’s lawyer in exchange for her silence (an arrangement that Beverly Young confirmed in an interview with the Times).

Marian Young stayed out of the public eye, surfacing in 2008 to donate $2,300 to the campaign of Max Linn, a Democrat who was running against her ex-husband. (Linn, who lost, was her financial adviser.) She still lives in the Madeira Beach condominium she shared with the congressman.