September 2, 1924 ~ April 28, 2008
Melvin B. Yates, Jr.
September 2, 1924
April 28, 2008
Mel, age 83, passed away on April 28th. He was born in Billings, Montana on September 2nd, 1924. He grew up in Billings as an avid outdoorsman and Eagle Scout. Mel was a varsity letterman and member of the State Champion football team at Billings Senior High. He served in World War II from 1943 to 1945 as a member of the US Army, participating in the European Theater of Operations with the U.S. Third Army.
When he returned from the war, Mel met and married Pat Rambold in Billings while completing his degree in mechanical engineering at Montana State. They moved to California in 1953, and settled in Torrance. Mel's and Pat's lives were full, as they participated in youth activities of their six sons, in particular little league where he coached all of his son's teams. Mel enjoyed golfing and was a devoted follower of both the Dodgers and USC Trojans.
As a founding member of St. Lawrence Martyr, Mel was one of the campaign chairmen for the first church. Mel was also a lifetime member and past president of the Rivera Sportsman's Club.
Mel's professional career included engineering and management positions at Douglas Aircraft, McCulloch Motors, Mattel Toys, and the Southern California Gas Company where he retired in 1987. Mel liked people and sincerely felt that people are generally good.
Mel is survived by his loving wife Pat of 60 years. He leaves behind his six loving sons, John (Nan), Richard (Louisa), Jim, Dan, Tom, and Kevin (Stormi), and grandsons, Ryan and Rowdy. Mel was preceded in death by his parents Melvin and Marcella, and his brother Chuck.
We love you Mel, Dad, and Grandpa!
Services will be held on Friday, May 2nd at St. Lawrence Martyr Church at 1:00 pm.
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