November 8, 1947 ~ May 25, 2013
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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