Westside Obituaries
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Jimmy F. "BoDunk" Yantis
November 13, 1946 - October 8, 2002



Former Taft resident, Jimmy F. Yantis, ended his battle with cancer and went home to be with the Lord on October 8, 2002. Jimmy was born on November 13, 1946 in Wichita, Texas and passed away in Temple, Texas. Jimmy was a loving son, husband and father. He enjoyed life to it's fullest and was a friend to all he came in contact with.

His survivors include; his mother Mary Beckum of Littlefield, Texas; his brother Donnie Beckum of Green Rapids, Wyoming; his sister JoAnn Clark of Ada, Oklahoma; his wife and best friend of 23 years Sally Yantis of Rusk, Texas; and his children: William and Julie Knight, Kevin Lewis, Bobby and Janette Lewis all of Madisonville, Texas; Carlus and JoDee Lewis of Taft, California; Verna and Wayne Jackson of Conroe, Texas; Vonda and Jason Calhoun of Fresno, California; and Mary Elizabeth and Leroy Brown of Midland, Texas; 17 grandchildren and numerous cousins nieces, nephews and friends.

A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, October 25, 2002 at 6:00 p.m. at the Gateway Temple Church at 604 Main Street, Maricopa, California with pator C. Tommy McWhorter officiating.
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Carolyn B. Yates
May 23, 1946 - January 16, 2007



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Monday, at 3:30 p.m., for Carolyn B. Yates, 60. Mrs. Yates was born in Bakersfield on May 23, 1946 and passed away on January 16, 2007 from injuries sustained in an auto accident.

She was raised in Tupman and atteneded Taft Union High School. From 1970 to 1981 she and her family lived in Anaheim and returned to Bakersfield in 1981. Mrs. Yates was a member of Jehovah's Witnesses.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Charlie and Lorene Smith and by her sister, Linda. Her survivors include her husband of 43 years, Gordon Yates of Bakersfield; her sons and their wives, Dwayne and Domonie Yates of Bakersfield, Deon and Wendy Yates of Escalon and Daniel and Alise Yates of Buttonwillow; her grandchildren, Gordy, Kyle, Nathan, Brittney and Kara; her sisters, Edna Parish of Bakersfield, Edith Smith of Taft, Nora Stine of Bakersfield and Susan Shepherd of Arkansas and many friends. Mrs. Yates will be remembered as a woman whose children were her life.

Friends are invited to pay their respects on Sunday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and again on Monday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Laura Loretta Yates
March 2, 1964 - November 2, 2011



Laura Loretta Yates was born on March 2, 1964 in Modesto, California to Orbin and Joan Yates. She went to rest with our Father on November 2, 2011. Laura's vibrant smile and infectious laugh will be missed by everyone that was lucky enough to have met her. Laura was a dedicated employee for Oxy and its contractors for 20 years. Laura loved to vacation and spend time with those that mattered most. She was always planning the next concert, vacation getaway or trip to the lake or beach. There was nothing that Laura loved more than being "Nana" to her three grandchildren.

Laura will be missed beyond measure by her parents, Orvin and Joan Yates; her children, Carolyn Fillmore and her wife, Shana Christian, Stephanie Fillmore, Ryan Fillmore and David Yates; her grandchildren, Rylee Karis Beaty, 7, Wyatt Cody Gann, 5, and Addison Laura Beaty, 4; her sisters and best friends, Barbara Mora and her husband Frank and JoAnn Anderson and her husband Don; her nieces and nephews, Tiffany Rhodart and her husband Kevin, Holly Villatoro and her husband William, Jessica Pulido and her husband, Holly Peterson, Jerry Liebenow and his wife, Jessica, Airica Weatherly and her husband, Todd, Destiny Anderson,Robin Anderson, McKell Anderson, Alise Fillmore and Madison Fillmore; her stepchildren, Matt Fillmore and his wife, Amber, Daniel Lemmons and Haley Fillmore; and her very close-knitted family and friends.

We will be celebrating and remembering Laura's life on Thursday, November 10, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at the Westside District Cemetery followed by a reception. There are no visitation hours scheduled and the arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. www.EricksonAndBrown.com
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Ruth Laverne Yates
October 22, 1942 - August 21, 2011



Ruth Laverne Yates (1942 - 2011), age 68. Ruth Yates was born in Clarendon, Arkansas, October 22, 1942 to Martha and Henry Jordan, and went home to be with our Lord Jesus Christ on August 21, 2011 after a 4 month battle with cancer.

She came to California when she was 6 years old. She married at a young age and dedicated her life to raising her four daughters. Nothing made her happier than spending time with her family.

She loved being outdoors, including walks around the lake with friends, watching birds, theater and shopping. She loved to travel, and she was ready to try anything her daughters put her up to. She was a very loving, caring, unselfish, kind, happy, feisty, fun person to be around.

Ruth loved and trusted God, she was strong in her Christian faith. Always neat, she is probably helping the angels organize heaven. She brought joy and love to every person she met. She will always be remembered by her love, friendship, compassion, beautiful spirit and smile.

She is survived by; Her 4 daughters: Angela Yates (Bakersfield, California), Melanie Dees (Cummings, Georgia), Lisa Latham (Seaside, California), and Mandy Yates (Bakersfield, California), nine grandchildren, two great grandchildren, many other extended family members, and countless friends.

Proceeded in death by her parents, brother, husband, and 1 grandchild.
Arrangements are as follows:
Services will be held at Westside Memorial Services Funeral Home, Taft, California.
Viewing: Thursday, August 25th, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Celebration of Life Memorial Service: Friday, August 26th, 11:00 a.m.
"Those we love are with the Lord,
And the Lord has promised to be with us.
If they are with Him, and He is with us...
They cannot be far away."
- Peter Marshall
Till we meet again. From Your Loving Family
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Sara Yates
March 8, 1980 - July 10, 2003



No services are scheduled for Bakersfield resdient, Sara Yates. Sara passed away on July 10, 2003 at the age of 23.

Sara was last employed as a secretary at an accounting firm. She is survived by her parents Frederick and Rosemary Yates of Geneso, New York and by several other firends and family members in the New York area.

All funeral services are under the direction of West Side Family Mortuary. (661) 763-1594.
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Edith Irene Yeates
July 12, 1940 - December 27, 2008



Edith Irene Yeates passed away on December 27, 2008 at the age of 68. She was born and raised in Taft to Chester and Betty O'Brien.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George Yeates; father, Chester O'Brien, Sr.: and brother, Chester O'Brien Jr. She is survived by her mother, Betty O'Brien; two sons and their wives, Wesley and Shelly Wolfe and Joseph and Regina Oliver; her grandchildren, Jessi and Brad Wheeler, Sonny and Andrew Henning and Brittany Evans; her aunt, Katheryn Pacheco and boys; close friends, Richard Taylor, Sue Colvin, Cynthia Vaughn, Wilma Cross and King and employees of True Value.
She was a loving and caring mother, daughter and grandmother, a business woman that helped the community, the owner of Yeates Safety Valve and a long time employee of True Value, where she made many many friends. We will all miss and love her dearly.
A graveside funeral service was held on Friday, January 2, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. in the West Side District Cemetery. Rev. Tom White, pastor of Cuyama Assemly of God, officiated. Visitation was held on Thursday, January 1, 2009, at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Dale Ervin Yeargan
December 13, 1925 - November 25, 2010



Dale Ervin Yeargan was born on December 13, 1925, in Compton, California, to Ervin and Lorene Yeargan, Dale graduated from Excelsior High School class of 1943. Soon after Dale enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserves, Navy,and Marine Reserves and served his country proudly in WWII and the Korean War. In 1946 he married LaVida Cox and had 2 children. They later divorced in 1966. He then met and married Barbara Plumley in June of 1967 and had 3 children. Dale and Barbara were residents of the Lake Isabella area, Taft and later resided in Bakersfield, Dale was employed with Kern County Supervisor of Prison Road Camps, Sheriff Rescue Posse, and Lake Patrol. He was also a Kern County Judge in Lake Isabella and surrounding areas, where he was known as the "Beer Can Judge". Finally, he was area park supervisor at Buena Vista Lakes until his retirement in 1977. Dale did odd jobs to help support his growing family. He truly didn't retire until 1987. Dale was the 32nd degree mason, a member of Lodge #827 Kern River Valley, Royal Arch, Shiner's Club, Lion's Club Kern River Valley and VFW Kern River Valley.

Dale is preceded in death by his parents, Ervin and Lorene Yeargan; LaVida Cox Yeargan Romero. He is survived by his beloved wife of 43 years, Barbara Yeargan; sons, Chris Dale Yeargan and wife, Sparkle of North Dakota; Russell Alan Yeargan and wife, Sherri of Sacramento, and Dale Yeargan Jr. of Bakersfield; daughters, Charisse Sarandria and Tina Sporer and husband, Ken, both of Bakersfield; 11 grandchildren; and 8 great- grandchildren.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, December 2, 2010, from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m with a graveside service on Friday, December 3, 2010, at 2:00 p.m., at Greenlawn Memorial Park, 3700 River Blvd. thank you to Optimal Hospice and the Kern Valley Masons for all your care and support.
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Billy Joe Yeary
October 20, 1936 - January 1, 2014



Long-time resident of Taft and Bakersfield, Billy Joe Yeary passed from this life to an even greater one with loved family and friends on New Year's evening following a brief, but aggressive bout with cancer.

Billy grew up in Taft, and was transferred with his family from Bakersfield to Plano, Texas, in 1972. He worked for Atlantic Richfield Company (ARCO Oil and Gas) his entire career. Billy is preceded in death by his Father and Mother, Joe and Faye Yeary.

He is survived by a son and daughter, Rev. Steven Yeary (Mardi) of Bakersfield, California and Jan Yeary of Plano, Texas. He is also survived by his three, much-loved grandchildren, Lauren Tisinger (Nick), Tiffany Brady (Kevin and little Olin), and Joel Yeary, all residing in Bakersfield, California.

A graveside ceremony will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 6th at the West Side Cemetery District in Taft, California. In lieu of flowers, thankful words to those you love are requested.
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Alva Maxine (Myers) Yeley
October 11, 1926 - June 16, 2012



Alva Maxine (Myers) Yeley was born in Oklahoma on October 11, 1926 to Joe Taylor Myers and Mame Helen Myers. Her life in the early years could best be described as what was seen in the movie, "Grapes of Wrath." In her early years, she, along with her eleven siblings moved wherever they could find work, Alva was child number six. While working on a farm in Arizona, she met Willie William Yeley who was also working there along with his family. It was love at first sight and in the summer of 1943, they were married. God gave them 66 years before Willie went to be with the Lord. Soon after they were married, the couple moved to Porterville, California to work on a cotton farm.

There, her first child, a baby girl they called Willie Jo was born. (Currently Wilie Jo and her husband Gary Cates retired to Georgia to be closer to their children.) In 1948, Alva and Willie moved again, this time to Santa Maria, California where Willie started working in the oil fields. There Alva gave birth to first son, Louis. Now Dr. Louis W. Yeley, Pastor of Gospel Lighthouse in Arcata, California. (Louis and his wife Donna have three grown children and ten grandchildren.) Very soon after the birth of Louis, Willie was transferred to Ventura, California where Alva gave birth to there second son, Jack D. Yeley of Hanford, California, Jack and his wife Janet (now deceased) have two grown sons and one grandson. In 1954, Willie and Alva were transferred to Taft, California to work for Getty Oil. While living in Taft, Alva finished her education for high school. In 1962, Alva started working as a nurses aid at the local hospital. In 1968, the hospital offered an L.V.N. Alva took the class and received her L.V.N. license. Alva continued to work for the hospital until she was forced to retire from a back injury in 1972.

Alva will tell you that the best years of her life were when she worked at Taft hospital. It was this job that gave her true purpose in life. Helping others has always been her gift. "In the 60's, working in a hospital meant you did everything and I do mean everything!" Times were truly different back then. The ambulance service was a fast station wagon, the ambulance attendant was a high school boys first job and of course he had to be over the age of 16 to drive the ambulance. The emergency room was staffed with whoever was not busy some where else in the hospital. The doctor on call for emergency was the one that answered the telephone. In the 60's, the nurse was the lifeline for keeping people alive until the doctor arrived. One nurse would hold the phone, until the doctor what the other nurse saw and the doctor would tell the nurse on the phone to instruct the nurse working on the patient what to do. Alva worked hard to change this. Alva was a forerunner in emergency room care. It was in her heart to have the emergency room staffed with those who knew more than just how to stop bleeding, but also how to stop pain and keep people alive until the doctor got there. Alva helped raise the standard of care from the emergency room to the surgery room, from surgery to recovery and recovery room to hospital room. She fought to see that all those working in patient care would have proper training and education. Alva, now 85 years of age, is still a nurse at heart. She still wants to help. The field of medicine has greatly changed through the years, but Alva says that the needs of the people still remain the same. "Everyone needs someone who will take time for them."
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Carolyn Lee (Bodewig) Yoakum
August 29, 1958 - March 7, 2011



A memorial funeral service will be held in the Gateway Temple Church located at 604 Main Street, Maricopa, California 93252 (661) 769-9599, on Friday, March 18, 2011 at 3:00 p.m. for Carolyn Lee (Bodewig) Yoakum. Rev. Tommy McWhorter will officiate at the service. Carolyn was born in California on August 29, 1958 and passed away in Los Angeles on March 7, 2011. She came to Taft in 1984 and had moved away a few times and returned to Taft a few times. Carolyn loved to stay busy cooking, doing crafts, riding quads, camping swimming, praying, driving, listening to music,and meeting new people.

Carolyn is survived by her mother, Meredith Walton of Bakersfield; her son, Shane Bodewig of Bakersfield; her daughter, Shannon Osborn of Taft; her son, Wayne Yoakum, Jr. of Taft; and by her daughter, Raschel Yoakum of Lake Isabella, California. She will be missed by her family and friends.
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Wayne "Junior" L. Yoakum
December 11, 1978 - July 3, 2011



Wayne "Junior" L. Yoakum,32 was born in Orange County, California and passed away on July 3, 2011.

He is survived by his wife Kasey, 6 children; Breanna, Bethany, Emily, Abigail, Cain and Chaz, his father Wayne Yoakum, grandparents, Janie Roderick, Meredith Walton, and Marvin Bodewig, 1 brother, Shane Bodewig and 2 sisters, Shannon Osborn and Raschel Yoakum. Junior was preceded in death by his Mother, Carolyn (Bodewig) Yoakum.

A visitation to pay your last respects to Junior will be held at Hillcrest Mortuary, 9101 Kern Canyon Road, Bakersfield, on Friday, July 8, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. A Memorial Service-Celebration of Life will be held at the Gateway Temple, 604 Main in Maricopa on Saturday July 16th, at 2:00 p.m. Arrangements entrusted to Hillcrest Memorial Park and Mortuary 366-5766.
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Leroy Yochum
October 17, 1936 - July 17, 2002



Memorial funeral services will be held in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel on Tuesday evening at 7:00 p.m. for Taft resident, Leroy Yochum, 65. Rev. David Daniels, pastor of Calvary Temple Assembly of God, will officiate at the services.

Mr. Yochum was born on October 17, 1936 and passed away on July 17, 2002. Mr. Yochum had been raised and educated in Delano and graduated from Delano High School. After high school graduation he joined the U.S. Air Force and served two terms of enlistment. Mr. Yochum moved to Taft in 1962. He was employed at Pioneer Mercantile here in Taft for over 30 years and he later worked at J&S Auto Parts for several years. Mr. Yochum was a former member of the Taft Elks Lodge, the Taft Moose Lodge and the Taft Kiwanis Club.

His survivors include his wife Mary Yochum of Taft, his children and their spouses, Pattie and Doug Bagwell of Coarsegold, Sarah Louise and Michael Southard and Robby Yochum of Taft; his brother Gerald Yochum of Taft; his sister, Lavern Cranford of Bakersfield; his seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

There are no visitation hours scheduled and the services are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Jim Yorba
November 16, 1934 - May 30, 2006



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Tuesday, June 6, 2006 at 10:00 a.m. for longtime Taft resident, Jim Yorba,71, Rev. Tom White pastor of Cuyama Assembly of God will officiate at the service.

Mr. Yorba was born in Greenfield on November 16, 1934 and passed away in Los Angeles on May 30, 2006. He worked for Getty/Texaco for 40 years and retired nine years ago. Mr. Yorba was a member of the Masonic Lodge and also the Moose Lodge for many years. He and his wife owned and operated the Westside Office Supply Inc. for many years. Mr. Yorba is well known for the number of years and the children he has coach for the Westside Little League.

Mr. Yorba as preceded in death by his parents Art and Maggie Yorba and by his brother, Freddie Yorba. His survivors include his wife of 52 years, Yvonne Yorba of Taft; his son, Jim Yorba and his wife, Angie and Randy Yorba all of Taft and Tyler Hickernell and his wife of Star, Idaho; his grandchildren, Matthew and Candice Yorba; his step grandchildren, Isaac and Luis, his sisters Evelyn Harding and Dorothy Lopez; his niece Nancy Maier of Taft; and by several nieces and nephews.

Those who wish to pay their respect may do so on Monday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson and Brown Funeral Home.
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Yvonne "Von" Yorba
July 3, 1937 - January 31, 2011



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Wednesday, February 9, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. for Taft resident. Yvonne "Von" Yorba, 73. Rev. Tom White, pastor of Cuyama Assembly of God, will officiate at the service.

Mrs. Yorba was born in Dustin Acres on July 3, 1937 and passed away in Taft on January 31, 2011. She graduated from Taft Union High School and was a longtime member of the Native Daughters of California. Mrs. Yorba was the owner and operator of the Westside Office Supply located on Center Street.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Odas and Opal Bess; her husband James L. Yorba; her son, Randy Yorba and her two sisters, Janet Hickernell and Sheila Bess. Mrs. Yorba is survived by her son and his wife, Jim and Angie Yorba; her grandchildren, Candace and her husband, Enrique, Matt, Brandon, Tori and Ashley; her great grandchildren, Isacc, Luis and Rose; her nephew and his wife, Tyler and Alora HIckernell; her niece, Nancy Hickernell and a very special and close family friend, Wilma Romane.

Friends are invited to pay their respects on Tuesday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. www.EricksonAndBrown.com
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Ellen Gertrude Blue Young (Gogle)
April 4, 1919 - July 27, 2007



Gertrude Young of Bakersfield passed away on July 27, 2007 at Evergreen Healthcare.

Gertrude was born in Taft, California to Ellen and Stephen Blue on April 4, 1919. She had three brothers Francis, Floyd and Vernon. She attended Taft Schools and graduated from Taft High School. She married Hershel Young and had four children, Sarah, Willard, and twins Jerry and Judy, 8 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.

Gretrude worked hard all of her life raising her family and cleaning houses in Taft, and then moving to Texas in 1975. There she worked at Wyatt's Cafeteria and later transfered to Bakersfield to work at the Wyatt's Cafeteria in the Valley Plaza as the "Salad lady" until her retirement. Since retiring, many people greeted her remembering her from Wyatt's.

She was a faithful member of the Church of Christ her entire life. She also loved the church and the singing. Her family brought her much joy and loved her very much. She was always there for them. A visit with Gogle's was always greeted with a smile, a hug, and some of the best home cooking. She was famous for her annual gift of homemade banana nut bread to everyone she knew.

Gertrude was preceded in death by her husband Hershel, and sons Willard and Jerry. She is survived by her daughters Sarah Keel and Judy Wright; 8 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren; their spouses and all who loved her.

A viewing will be held on Wednesday, August 1st, 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at Hillcrest Mortuary. Funeral services will be held on Thursday August 2nd, 10:00 a.m. at Hillcrest Memoral Chapel. Ellen Gertrude Young (Gogle) April 4, 1919 - July 27, 2007.
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James (Jay) Allen Young
March 29, 1946 - July 10, 2002



Memorial services will be held at Hilcrest Memorial Park and Mortuary in Bakersfield at 9:00 a.m. Saturday July 13, 2002 for James (Jay) Allan Young, who crossed the 'great divide' July 10, 2002 after a brief and courageous fight with cancer.

Viewing will be Friday evening, July 12, 2002 from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Jay is survived by his wife Mary Jo who teaches at Conley in Taft, his mother Ruth Tyor of Denver, and his Uncle Earl Young of Aurora Colorado.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the American Mouontain Men Land Fund, in care of Randy Bublitz 5447 Princeton Drive, Santa Maria, California 93455. Reception to follow at 1008 Rockwood Ave., off Manor, past China Grade Loop.
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Jerry Ray Young
November 27, 1948 – March 8, 2003



Jerry was born in Taft, California, on November 27, 1948, along with his twin sister, Gertrude Young. He grew up in Taft Schools and attended Taft College. Jerry was a great track athlete, excelling in the high jump. He loved to work on bicycles and had a knack for perfection in everything he touched. He was a shy man whose sense of humor was special. His last year was spent improving his work skills at Employer’s Training Resource with the kind aid of Lisa Craig. He especially enjoyed his math classes. His work training with Jim Jimenez and the maintenance crew at the courthouse was a job he cherished. He also enjoyed family friends at Tegeler House and sharing laughter with his grandchildren. This was a special time for Jerry, and our family wants to thank all of those who gave him the opportunity and friendship and let you know how much Jerry appreciated you. He was walking tall with a smile on his face.

Jerry is survived by his mother, Gertrude Young; son, Eddie Hopper and wife, Denita; sister Sarah Keel; brother Willard Young; twin sister, Judy Wright and her husband Dave; grandchildren, Eddie, Summer, Austin and Winter and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Herschel Young. We will miss you dearly our brother.

Graveside services will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, March 17, 2003, at Hillcrest Memorial Park on Kern Canyon Road. After entering gate, turn right and follow road to gravesite on right. A dinner will be held at a family home after the services to share memories of Jerry.
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John L. Young
JUly 29, 1949 - November 30, 2012



John L. Young, 63, died Friday, November 30th, 2012 in his home with loving family by his side. He leaves his wife of 20 years Judy Young; his son, Tony Young daughter in law Suzanne of San Diego, California, his daughter, Melissa Young of Taft, California; step-daughters, Chris Martinez, Karen Tadd Rodriguez, Colleen Tadd of Santa Maria, Cailfornia; his brother Mike Young and sister, Debbie Barnes of Taft, California, 11 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild, several nieces and nephews, cousins and close friends.

John the proud son of Lucky and Laura Young was born in Coalinga, California and raised a few miles away in Avenal, California before moving to Taft, California at the beginning of his senior year in high school. John graduated in 1967 from Taft Union High School and joined the United States Air Force, John, proudly served his country for 8 years earning the rank of Staff Sargent. After serving in the USAF, John worked for Chevron USA and Treat-o-Lite. John also attended Taft College where earned his AA degree in Business.

John finished his working career in the Auto Retail Business where he excelled and earned several awards for his outstanding business and work ethic. John had a passion for golf. He played almost daily before his illness and you could often find him playing golf with friends and sometimes marshaling at Black Lake Golf Club before becoming a member of the Santa Maria County Club.

John played in many charity golf tournaments but absolutely loved playing in the annual "Par Chasers Classic" where he was able to spend time with several lifelong friends. John loved spending time with his family where many incredible memories were made. From fishing with his daughter Melissa, playing golf with son Tony and brother Mike.

Thanksgiving meals and family reunions, sport games for grandchildren, country club dates and nightly talks with his wife Judy. John loved being with his family and he will be greatly missed! A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, December 8th a the Chapel of Dudley Hoffman Mortuary in Santa Maria, California.
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Kathleen "Kathy" Young
November 23, 1968 - November 26, 2001



Private family services will be held for Kathleen "Kathy" Young, 33. Bishop Don Reese of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, St. David, Arizona Ward will officiate and burial will be in the West Side District Cemetery. Mrs. Young was born in Taft on Novewmber 23, 1968 and passed away at her residence on November 26, 2001. She was raised and educated in Taft and graduated from Taft Union High School.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Anna May Reese, in November of 2000. Mrs. Young is survived by her husband, Cory Young; her children, C.J. Young, Caleb Young and Kylie Young and by her father, Keith Reese all of Taft.

No visitation hours are scheduled and the services are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Luther L. "Lucky" Young
September 13, 1928 - November 12, 1997



Funeral services will be held in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel on Tuesday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. for Taft resident, Lucky L. "Lucky" Young, 69. Lucky's grandson, Rev. Robert "Tony" young and Rev. Sam White will officiate at the services and burial will follow in the West Side District Cemetery.

Mr. Young was born in Coleman, Texas on September 13, 1928 and passed away in a Bakersfield hospital on November 12, 1997. He had lived in Taft for the last 24 years. Mr. Young was employed as a truck driver for Chevron USA and retired in 1976 at which time he purchased and operated the Gateway Liquour Store in Maricopa. Six years later he sold the liquor store and purchased and operated Jo's Restaurant until he retired in 1995. He loved to bowl and enjoyed classic cars and trucks. Mr. Young was a member of the First Baptist Church in Avenal.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Laura Young, in January of 1989 and by four brothers. His survivors include his children and their spouses, Johnny and Judy Young on Santa Maria, Debbie Barnes and Mike and Sheila Young all of Taft; his brothers and their spouses, Tex and Edie Young of Avenal and Robert and Patricia Young of Morgan Hill; his grandchildren, Tony Young, Melissa Young,Timothy Wilson, Sarah Woods, Kiersten Young and Byron Young; his great grandchildren, Amy Cook, T.J. Wilson and Alexis Young and a special companion, Sarah Strickland of Lompoc.

Friends may call at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home on Monday from 11:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and again on Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. to service time to pay their respects.
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Robert E. Young
May 15, 1941 - December 11, 2004



Robert E. Young passed away Saturday, December 11, 2004. He died peacefully at home surrounded by his loving and devoted family after a courageous battle with cancer. He was 63 years old.

Robert was born in Crawford, Texas to Will and Vada Young on May 15, 1941 after which the entire family moved to Avenal, California. He graduated from Avenal High School and moved to San Jose in 1962. He and his wife moved the family to Morgan Hill in 1983. He had a long, rewarding career in the insurance industry for both CSAA and USAA Insurance, culminating his career as a Regional Manager until his retirement in 1999.

He returned to work as the manager of Olson Brothers Body Shop in Milpitas for 3 years until his fight against cancer forced him to focus on his health.

The beloved husband to Patricia P. Young for 30 years. Until her unexpected passing on September 24, 2004. Loving father to Lisa Aragon and husband John of San Jose/Morgan Hill; Kendall Young and wife Stephanie of Sammamish, Washington; Ann Berry of Morgan Hill; and Wendy Wootton and husband Tod of Santa Clara. Loving Papa to five grandchildren - Joseph Aragon, Starlyn and McKenna Berry, Collin Young and Krista Wootton. Loving brother to Roy "Tex" Young and is preceded in death by 5 other brothers Edward, Leroy "Lucky", Howard "Neil", Paul and Burl. Loving Uncle to many nieces and nephews. Dear friend to his "Weigand Brothers" and many more.

Besides spending time with his loving wife, both at home and traveling to their Hawaii and Lake Tahoe condos, Robert enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing, football, reading WWII and Sci-Fi novels, watching old John Wayne movies, and spoiling his family with is special recipes for chocolate cake and stroganoff. He spent time as Master of the Coyote Grange, helped organize several local golf tournaments and was a proud member of the NRA. A remembrance in honor of Rob's life will take place at the Coyote Grange in Morgan Hill, California on Friday, December 17th, 2004 at 1:00 p.m.

The family asks that any donations be made to the Hospice Program at Santa Teresa Kaiser in San Jose, California.
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Thomas E. "Buster" Young, 81
November 19, 1919 - August 23, 2001



Memorial services will be held in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel on Wednesday morning at 10:00 a.m. for longtime West Side resident. Thomas E. "Buster" Young, 81. Buster, as he was known to family and friends, was born in Yuma, Arizona on November 19, 1919 and passed away in Taft on August 23, 2001.

Buster served with distinction in WWII in the North African/European Campaign receiving the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Presidential Unit Citation and others.

He was predeceased by his wife, Erline and second wife, Diane.

He is survived by his son, Trice Harvey and daughter-in-law, Jacqueline; grandchildren, Trice Nicholas Harvey, Dinah Marquez, Mike Harvey and Sharon Harvey; great grand children, TJ and Taryn Harvey, Andrea Marquez and William and Sarah Harvey; his sisters, Virg Hill and Bertha Lemley and their families.

Buster was well known on the local parade circuit for many years with his horse and cart. He was quite proud of the many trophies he won throughout the Kern County communities. He was well loved and will be missed. There are no visitation hours scheduled land the services are under the direction of the Erickson and Brown Funeral Home.
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