H1N1 flu virus contributes to popular pastor’s death

By Jessica King

Family and friends will gather at Mountain View Community Church this weekend to celebrate the life of Senior Pastor Charles Youngkin.

Known as Charlie, the vibrant 60-year-old’s sudden death Feb. 12 is being attributed, in part, to the H1N1 flu

Pastor Charles Youngkin


“He was just an amazing, amazing man … passionate and intentional,” said Youngkin’s wife of 36 years, Elaine.

An avid golf and tennis player who exercised every day and loved to play the guitar and sing, Youngkin experienced a dramatic downturn in his health earlier this month. He preached on a Sunday and began presenting flu-like symptoms later that evening. The next day, Elaine took him to a doctor, who immediately sent Youngkin to the hospital. He was released three days later only to be readmitted the following Monday. He never returned home after that.

Youngkin’s immune system was compromised by chronic lucidic leukemia, a condition he was diagnosed with during a routine blood test about five years ago, though he presented no symptoms. His recent bout with the flu rapidly turned into acute pneumonia, which ultimately took the father of three and grandfather of eight’s life.

And what a life it was, according to Eric Clarke, Mountain View’s executive pastor.

Less than 24 hours after Youngkin’s passing, about 500 people flocked to the church for a remembrance gathering, where Youngkin’s humor and energy were talked about more than anything else, said Clarke.

“Pastor Charlie would tell you that he was just about a couple of things,” said Clarke. “One of those being to be a servant of Christ and the other one being to help men and women be disciples of Christ.”

But, said Clarke, Youngkin was also about one of the most energetic and fun-loving people you could ever meet.

Youngkin came to Mountain View five-and-a-half years ago from a church in Carlsbad. Among the programs at Mountain View that he was most passionate about was the men’s ministry.

“He focused on helping men to be better husbands, better fathers and better members of society,” said Clarke. “That was really important to him.”

Born on July 1, 1953, in Upper Darby, Penn., Youngkin found his faith at the tender age of 19 while in the Air Force. In his self-penned biography posted on Mountain View’s website, Youngkin described how he was both drawn and driven to Christ out of a fear of dying and an emptiness in his life that he could not fill with anyone or anything he found in this world.

Youngkin’s then-fear of death stemmed from the passing of his father when Youngkin was only 10 years old.

He had big questions about life and death that little boys are not suppose to have to think about and they followed him until a pastor in North Carolina introduced him to Christ as a young man, recalled Elaine.

“He found purpose and meaning and it never waned one bit,” she said. “He used to always say you’re not prepared to live unless you’re prepared to die, and he was.”

Youngkin worked as a crew chief on F-4 aircraft while in the Air Force before earning a bachelor’s degree in biblical studies and a Masters of Divinity degree. At the time of his death, he was working toward a doctorate in seminary.

Before coming to Mountain View, Youngkin was a founding pastor at Morgan Hill Bible Church in northern California, where he served for 21 years before moving on to Carlsbad Community Church for four years and then Mountain View in July 2008.

Youngkin was preceded in death by his parents, Charles Youngkin and Mary Quinn Youngkin. In addition to his wife, Youngkin is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law: Joshua and Annette Youngkin of Seattle, Wash.; Ben and Caitie Youngkin of Arroyo Grande; and C.J. and Summer Youngkin of Lee’s Summit, Mo.

Eight grandchildren and four siblings, Paul, Christopher, Joe and Kathleen, also survive Youngkin.

A memorial service will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at Mountain View Community Church, 1191 Meadowlark Way. Flowers will be accepted, along with monetary donations in Youngkin’s honor to the church’s compassion fund.

Youngkin will be buried at Miramar National Cemetery.

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4 Comments for “H1N1 flu virus contributes to popular pastor’s death”

  1. Julie Sullan

    Charlie Youngkin was an amazing man with a true passion for the King of Kings. That passion for Christ, and the joy in which he lived was a true testimony that God is good. We were lucky to have him here in Ramona.

  2. Renate Becker

    He was the best pastor I ever had and his passion for Jesus just radiated from him,

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  4. Bob Germano

    Charlie was firstly your friend, then your pastor. He had a kind way of teaching with no "higher than thou" attitude. He loved life, people, and God.

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