We got a nice note from Allen Mills of The Lost & Found this morning. He wanted to pass along some words of thanks to the many folks who expressed their grief over the untimely death of Dempsey Young on December 10, 2006, and share some news on the band’s first few shows without him.
Dempsey was the original and only mandolinist the band had ever known, and had been a member since 1973 when the band was formed.
“Dempsey’s wife Lynette and the Lost and Found family would like to thank everyone who came to the visitation and funeral. The condolences sent via our website, the newspaper, the calls, cards and flowers were all GREATLY appreciated. The memorial fund is growing and will support their children’s future and education.
Although it has been hard, the band has performed five show in January with Scott Napier helping out on mandolin. Scott played several years with Larry Sparks and is currently working with Marty Raybon, but had some time off. He did a fantastic job with us and we sincerely appreciate his help.
We also appreciate our fans’ and promoters’ support during this transition phase for the Lost and Found. Please continue to keep us in your prayers!”
The Dempsey Young Memorial Fund is still accepting donations, and Allen also wanted to thank the many members of the bluegrass community, both industry professionals and devoted fans, who have given generously for the benefit of Dempsey’s family.
Anyone who would like to make a contribution can send a check to:
c/o Franklin Community Bank
400 Old Franklin Turnpike, Suite 100
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151