Dr. Lewis A. Yocum, 65, of Manhattan Beach passed away at home on May 25, 2013 with his family by his side. He was born November 8, 1947 in Chicago, the eldest son of Dr. Donald Yocum and Virginia (Ratz) Yocum. Lew received his medical degree from the University of Illinois and completed his residency at Northwestern University in Chicago, moving to Los Angeles in 1977 for a sports medicine fellowship with the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopedic Clinic. Thus began his accomplished sports medicine career and affiliation with the Los Angeles Angels and Major League Baseball that continued for the next 36 years. Dr. Yocum gave every patient his undivided attention, whether a major league player or a little league player. Dr. Yocum is held in the greatest affection and respect by his colleagues and friends. He is remembered for his compassion, integrity and sense of humor and will be enormously missed by his family and all who knew and loved him. Lew was a devoted husband and beloved father. He was very proud of his son Donald and his daughter Laura. He was especially delighted with the arrival of his first grandchild, Britt, in February 2012. She touched his heart and was a special joy and inspiration during his recent illness. Dr. Yocum is survived by his wife of 32 years, Beth; son Donald and daughter-in-law Shannon, of Redondo Beach; daughter Laura, of Manhattan Beach; granddaughter Britt; sister, Gail Yocum, of Chicago; sister-in-law, Mary Yocum, of Chicago; many nieces and nephews and other family and friends. He was predeceased by his parents and his brother Barry. Funeral Mass will be Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 10 a.m. at American Martyrs Church, 624 - 15th Street, Manhattan Beach. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Saint Sebastian Sports Project, PO Box 1711, Manhattan Beach, CA 90267.

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  1. My condolences to the Yocum Family. I am sorry to read about the loss of your dear loved one. I am sure Lewis was loved by all of you! How comforting in knowing Almighty God has not only the power but also the desire to resurrect our loved ones. Jesus himself said: “Do not marvel at this, because the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out.” John 5:28,29. God also promises to end sickness, pain, suffering and death. (Revelation 21:4). May you find comfort in these promises. For more information on the hope for those we have lost in death go to jw.org.

  2. To Dr. Yocum and his family,
    I want to thank you so much for everything you have done for my family and I. Every time that I came to you with an injury or problem you treated me like I was your number one priority at that moment and that made me feel so much better. I know my parents couldn’t be more appreciative of all that you’ve done for me and I know that you will be missed greatly.

    Kevin Grove

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