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April 25, 2024

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Remembering Chad Young

For nearly 25 years, our Managing and Entertainment Editor worked selflessly toward providing the BEST Things to Do family calendar in town and more. Honor him by reading tributes from the community.

He grew up in small-town Illinois, just across the river from Saint Louis. He relished growing up in the 70s, loved the music of the 80s, had a very special place in his heart for his mother as well as Amy Grant, Dolly Parton and all-things-Golden Girls. And the guy just loved, loved, loved the theater. He had an impressive collection of classic Jim Henson Muppets, he could bake cupcakes to rival Gigi’s and we never met a baby who couldn’t fall asleep on his chest. Chad graduated with honors from Belmont University with a journalism degree, and helped to deliver award-winning content here for 25 years.
    Chad was Nashville Parent’s long-time Things to Do editor extraordinaire. He was an avid volunteer, a lover of service, and 100 percent committed to his work in the community on behalf of the Nashville Parent audience. He LOVED partnering with colleagues from various attractions and destinations in the area, and he owned a work ethic like no other. In fact, Chad Young was a one and only. Chad passed away from complications related to diabetes on May 10, 2020 and we’ll not be over it any time soon, possibly never. 

Please help us honor Chad's memory by reading the words of many in the community who had the pleasure of working with him. We can all be more like Chad by learning from him now. Long live Chad Young!  


“I’m so sorry to hear about this. I loved working with Chad – he was always excited to learn what Nashville Public Library was doing, and share the value that we bring to Nashville with as many people as he could. We’ll miss him terribly.”
— Ed Brown
Nashville Public Library


“I have been working in the museum field for 21 years and there is not a time that I remember that doesn’t have Chad in it!  He has been in my email inbox for decades, encouraging and promoting us all and helping us to engage our audiences!  He was so dedicated and hardworking and  will be dearly missed.”

 — Jenny Lamb
Historic Sam Davis Home


“Chad was without a doubt one of my favorite journalists to work with – he was always approachable, always eager to help and his enthusiasm for his work was both palpable and contagious. Chad’s passing is a tremendous loss for an entire community that is a better place today thanks in part to his influence and contributions over the past two-plus decades. I am so thankful for having known Chad Young and eternally grateful – as are all of my colleagues at the Nashville Symphony – for the passion he had in supporting and promoting our

— Dave Felipe
Nashville Symphony


“Chad’s passion for the arts and Nashville’s arts organizations could be felt in every word, story, and review he wrote for Nashville Parent. His insightful and curious writing regularly brought important attention to Nashville’s artists and our broad creative community, and we at Tennessee Performing Arts Center are grateful to have known him and worked with him for so many years. Chad’s enthusiasm and support for TPAC’s programming, in particular our Broadway at TPAC series, was immense, and he was a regular fixture on opening night. Always ready with questions about the production, the cast – even the touring industry itself – Chad was also dedicated to building excitement about the arts among new generations. He will be deeply  missed.”

— Tony Marks
Tennessee Performing Arts Center


“In my 20 plus years at the Zoo, I’ve worked with many journalists. Some were outstanding and some needed their hands held. Chad was solid. Always a step or two ahead with his hand on the pulse of family life in Middle Tennessee.”

— Jim Bartoo
Nashville Zoo


“Everything I can think to say about him falls short of our true estimation of his character, work ethic and personality.  Our world is a little dimmer
with his passing.

— Mary Catherine Mousourakis
Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary


“I am so sad to hear this terrible news. I worked with Chad for many years and he was always so warm, friendly, and helpful. One of my favorite memories of him was when he came out to our park to do a story on zip lining. He wasn’t sure he was actually going to zip line but after watching others decided to do it. He said he was scared to death of heights and let out a scream as he zipped across. After finishing the first zip line he was ready for more.
He will be missed.”

— Jennifer
Adventure Works


“I am so saddened hearing this sad news.  I had no idea. Chad was always terrific to work with.  A major loss.  Prayers to Chad and those who were lucky to have known him.
— Jeff Zimmer
Gaylord Hotels


“Chad was one of our Kidsville program’s biggest supporters. He spent many years generously helping us grow the program by promoting it to Nashville parents. Chad was a wonderful partner to so many family-friendly organizations. He will be greatly missed.”

 — John Tumminello
Centennial Park Conservancy



About the Author

Susan Swindell Day

Susan Day is the editor in chief for this award-winning publication and all-things Nashville Parent digital creative. She's also an Equity actress, screenwriter and a mom of four amazing kids.