Troy DeLane Yeatts, 44, died Thursday, May 2, at Hospice House in Hughson.
Born in San Jose on Oct. 12, 1968, he was diagnosed in 1979 with a brain tumor with a four-month prognosis. He became a member of the UCSF experimental group, determined to pursue his goals, which included baseball, soccer, and boy scouts, becoming an Eagle Scout in 1986.
He graduated from Foothill High School, Pleasanton, in 1986, where he competed and traveled with the marching and jazz bands. Mr. Yeatts became room service manager at the Sheraton Hotel while attending Las Positas College, transferring to Fresno State University, he worked on campus, was involved with Campus Crusade for Christ, and graduated in 1994 with a B.A. in Liberal Studies, with computer emphasis. He loved math, numbers and playing golf. He continued his involvement with Boy Scout Troop 916 and Adult Singles at VCC in Dublin, until moving to Oakdale with his parents in 2000.
His recent years became living “the cost of the cure,” but never forgetting to say “thank you,” in all circumstances. He will be greatly missed by his family and the many whose lives he touched with his captivating personality.
Survivors include his parents, Ben and Karen Yeatts of Oakdale; his sister, Tawny Hardy of Oakdale; niece Kelsey Knollmueller of Augsburg College, Minneapolis, MN.; niece and nephew Lacey and Luke Hardy; aunts Melette Maypark (Doug) of San Jose, and Bonnie Yeatts, of Colorado; uncles George (Sandi) Yeatts, and Don (Sue) Kaess of Colorado; cousins, Brandon (Nicole) Maypark of Reno NV, and Amber (Al) Maypark Lopez, Visalia, who stood by him to the very end, and an additional nine out-of- state cousins.
Also surviving are great uncle Sweck Jeske (95), of Colorado, and great aunts Erika Voss (101) living on her own in Crescent City, and Dorothy Caughman, of Colorado.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Evelyn and Guy Padoven, Roy and Mabel Yeats; an uncle, Toby Yeatts, and great uncle Leslie Caughman.
A joyful Celebration of Life will be held Friday, May 31 at 2 p.m., Cornerstone Fellowship Church, 348 North Canyons Pkwy., Livermore. Reception to follow, serving “Troy’s favorite carte.”
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: Hospice House, Troy Yeatts Bench Fund, 4368 Spyres Way, Modesto, CA 95356, or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148; Email: email@example.com.
The Oakdale (Calif.) Leader
May 15, 2013