As he lies in state today, Yamaha Marine honors the late Congressman Don Young (R-Alaska), the longest serving member of Congress and dean of the House, for his unwavering commitment to conservation, the example he provided as a true servant of his constituents and the way he energized those he met.

“We are thankful for Congressman Young’s legacy of conservation, but he also inspired us to improve our level of service to customers in Alaska,” said Ben Speciale, President, Yamaha U.S. Marine Business Unit. “His comments about the need for products to be more easily serviced in remote locations in the state encouraged us to redouble our efforts to train technicians in Alaska.”

Young’s passion and commitment to his constituents was unmatched. With keen foresight into the future needs and opportunities of Alaskans, Young was a key proponent for accelerating Yamaha Marine’s technician training programs. Today there are more than 70 recent Yamaha graduate technicians in the state, including the next generation graduating from Yamaha Marine Technical School partner Prince William Sound College in Valdez. Additional technician training programs are underway.

Young served as chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee from 1995 to 2001 and then as the chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee from 2001-2007.