Daryl Rodney Yeates, loving father of 7, and husband to Kay Houghton Yeates, peacefully passed away in St. George Utah, on Friday, December 16, 2022 at the age of 81. Daryl was born on June 8, 1941 to Alexander Hargraves Yeates and Elsie Carlson, and was the youngest of four children. He had a magical childhood with his brother Lorin and sister Barbara.
Daryl had a great love for music, and took piano lessons at an early age. He inherited his grandfather (Israel Yeates’) B flat clarinet while in junior high school, and continued playing throughout high school. Daryl attended Ashley Elementary School, Smiley Junior High School and graduated from Denver East High School. Daryl spent many summers visiting his grandparents in Cache County and especially loved Logan Canyon where both the Carlson and Yeates Family reunions were held.
Daryl was very active in the Boy Scouting program which served as the foundation for his love of the outdoors, and continued throughout his life. He became an Eagle Scout at the age of 16 and served in the scouting program until late into his 70’s. In 1960, Daryl served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in the Northern States Mission headquartered in Chicago. His mission covered Illinois, Wisconsin and East Iowa. During his mission he was able to share his musical talent and served in a traveling group called “The Mormon Ten Melody Men,” and directed a youth chorus that was well known for singing “The Lord’s Prayer”. Daryl and Kay exchanged letters during his mission and shortly after his return, they were married in the Logan, Utah LDS Temple on December 27, 1962.
Daryl graduated from BYU in May 1969 with a degree in Physics and became employed by The State of Colorado Department of Transportation in Information Systems where he worked for over 30 years. In his career he was continually excited by the rapidly changing field of Information Technology.
The Rocky Mountains inspired Daryl to be an adventurer. His love affair with Colorado, Jeeping, Colorado History, Wildflowers (especially Columbines) and a deep connection with the outdoors was constant throughout his life. He enjoyed camping, hiking, skiing, jeeping, dirt biking, mountain biking and exploring many trails by bike, on foot and in his Jeep.
Daryl and Kay moved to St. George, Utah after his retirement from The Colorado Department of Transportation in 1998. Where his love of the outdoors continued and many adventures were experienced along with increased interest in photography, church history, temple work, and church service. Daryl enjoyed traveling to visit his children and grandchildren and looked forward to spending time in Avon, Vail and Breckenridge Colorado in the Summertime.
Daryl embraced his role as a father and grandfather. When you spent time with him, he made you feel as if you were the only one in the world and would immerse himself in your interests. His deep love for his Savior Jesus Christ was displayed by his example of unconditional love, service and integrity.
Daryl is survived by his seven children: Sean Yeates, Tawnya Yeates, Tiffany (Dave) Gust, Erika (Steve) Glatt, Ashley (Adam) Garside, Devin (Rachel) Yeates, Alexander (Lauren) Yeates. He had 21 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 7, 2023 at 11:00 am at the LDS Church building at 262 Canyon Road., Providence, Utah 84332. A viewing will be prior to services from 9:30 to 10:30am at the same location. The funeral service will be live-streamed, please click on the link below .
Interment will be in the Millville Nibley Cemetery at 310 East 100 North, Millville Utah.