Former Union Pacific CEO Jim Young has died following a fight with pancreatic cancer.
The 61-year-old man died at his Omaha home according to Union Pacific officials. Young led the Omaha-based railroad for seven years until 2012, when he announced his battle with cancer. He then continued to serve as non-executive chairman.
Following the announcement of Young's death, Gov. Dave Heineman said, "Jim Young was a good friend, a great American and an outstanding business leader. Sally and I extend our thoughts and prayers to Shirley and the Young family. He will be missed."
Other state leaders offered their condolences as well over the weekend.
Rep. Adrian Smith said, "Jim Young was a great leader, not only for Union Pacific and the railroad industry, but also for Nebraska. He will be remembered for his humble leadership, generosity, and his commitment to his family."
"Steph and I were saddened to hear of the passing of Jim Young," added Sen. Mike Johanns. "Jim was not only a tremendous leader at Union Pacific, but he was also a great leader in his community. His devotion to his work and his commitment to his hometown and state are remarkable and inspiring. He will truly be missed. Shirley and the entire Young family are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time."
Finally, Sen. Deb Fischer offered, "The passing of Jim Young is a tremendous loss not just for Union Pacific, which he ably led for so many years, but for the entire state of Nebraska. A lifelong Omahan, Jim's leadership extended beyond the boardroom and impacted his community for the better. Bruce and I send our condolences and prayers to Shirley and the Young family."
Young graduated from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He married his college sweetheart, Shirley. Young is survived by his wife, three children and two grandchildren.