Ronald Yates was born in Coleman, TX on February 28, 1945 and passed away in Auburn, CA on April 21. He was 71 years old.
Ron was a proud U.S. Marine, serving four years of active duty from 1964-1968.
Ron worked as a Deputy Sheriff for Contra Costa County in California where he was affectionately known as "Rowdy." When Ron retired in 2011, he was the longest-working deputy with 44 years of service.
Ron loved coaching East Vallejo Little League, and many young ballplayers are forever grateful to have been mentored by Mr. Yates. Ron enjoyed model railroading as well as studying the historical and technical aspects of the railway. This complimented his love of Texas, and he spent many summers with his family driving to Texas following his favorite train routes.
Preceded in death by his father William D. Yates, Ron is survived by his mother Dorothy H. Yates (Holtz), sister Naomi Hansen (Gene), son Scott Yates (Nicole), granddaughter Sara, and daughter Denise Yates (Rob Mednick).
Ron's ashes will be scattered in Coleman during the Holtz family reunion June 23-26, 2016. Later there will also be a Marine Corps burial ceremony at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon, California. [Coleman Chronicle & Democrat -Voice, Coleman, Texas]
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