September 24, 1949 - August 28, 2021
Thomas Earl Yates , 71 of Yermo, California died expectantly of natural causes on August 28, 2021. Tom was born to Earl and Mary “Joyce” Yates on September 24, 1949 in Bellflower, California. He grew up in Adelanto, California with his younger brothers Terry, John, and Tracy. The family regularly went camping and fishing with grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. Throughout junior high and high school, he played the saxophone, guitar, banjo, and even sang. He played softball, wrestled, ran track and cross country. He even jumped hurdles. (He talked about having to alternate the jumping leg because his legs were so short). He started working for Santa Fe Railroad after high school and retired 42 years later. While there, he was a janitor, railroad clerk, ticket clerk, yard master, train master, and carman. He was married three times, first and last to Joy. “Joybells” as he affectionately called her. They shared 53 years together. He was the proud father of four kids, Melinda, Jennifer, Tammy and Tommy Jr. Other jobs and interests include being a firefighter, EMT, Engineer, Fire Chief, CPR instructor, Driver’s Ed instructor, Mechanic, Deacon, Sunday School Teacher, Youth Leader, Camp Counselor, Camp Cook, and Church Song Leader. He sold Tupperware, Amway and Herbalife. He was the family barber, a softball pitcher, weight lifter, cave explorer, hiker, biker, cabinet maker (he made the cabinets in their kitchen), He loved 4 wheel driving. He mastered the art of duct tape and bailing wire repair. Tom Yates was a rescuer, counselor, mentor, listener and a great hugger. He was a Son, brother, cousin, nephew, husband, father, uncle, grandpa, great grandpa, and a friend to everyone.
Thomas Earl Yates , 71 of Yermo, California died expectantly of natural causes on August 28, 2021. Tom was born to Earl and Mary “Joyce” Yates on September 24, 1949 in Bellflower, California. He grew up in Adelanto, California with... View Obituary & Service Information
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