Tulsa Rig Iron VP, co-owner Troy Young dies in boating accident

It is with a very heavy heart that we inform you that Tulsa Rig Iron Vice President and co-owner Troy Young passed away in a tragic boating accident over the Memorial Day weekend.

Troy Young
Troy Young

Troy, along with his brother Trevor, were heavily involved in the family business beginning at an early age. In the early 1970s, their father JD Young owned and operated Triangle Supplies in Lafayette Louisiana, which supplied pumps to the offshore oil & gas market. In the early 1980s, a second Triangle facility was opened in Tulsa Oklahoma.

JD was instrumental in the early development of HDD equipment technology. When the HDD process started gaining traction in 1987, the company relocated to Kiefer Oklahoma, just outside of Tulsa. Many early emerging HDD contractors were located in Tulsa, so relocating the company headquarters was a great move.

Originally consisting of several divisions, Tulsa Rig Iron provided many products and services to the HDD Market. The core divisions at that time were Hydro-Power Systems, Tulsa Trenchless, and Tulsa Triplex. The company’s early product/services designs were packaged drilling mud recycling systems, triplex mud pumps, and mini thru maxi sized HDD drill rigs. The early 1990s through the early 2000s saw Tulsa Rig Iron as a major player in the HDD product market.

In 2004, JD Young passed away unexpectedly. Sons Trevor and Troy stepped up at that time as President and Vice President, respectively. After a complete business analysis, the decision was made to shutter the outlying divisions and focus their vision solely on designing and manufacturing world class mud cleaning systems and triplex mud pumps.

In the years since, Trevor and Troy have grown the company into a first class drilling equipment manufacturer respected and known worldwide.

Troy was well known for his love of classic cars, specifically 1955 Chevys. Much of his spare time was spent building and tinkering with his pride and joy car collection.  

Troy is survived by his wife; Becky, his daughter Ashlyn, twin sons Colin and Cory, brother Trevor (Sherry) Young, mother Sondra, along with a host of loving family. He is preceded in death by his father, JD Young.

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