Dan Mason Yates, age 66, of Mt. Vernon passed away on October 4, 2019 in Bend. His funeral service was held on October 8, 2019 at Driskill Memorial Chapel in John Day. Interment was at Canyon City Cemetery.
Dan was born on September 25, 1953 in Albuquerque, New Mexico to Thomas Mason Yates and Alene Anne Horton Yates. He attended Los Lunas High School and graduated in 1971. On February 9, 1974, he married Sandra Jean Dodd in Mena, Arkansas. This marriage later ended in divorce. He married Kathy Thomas in October 2002 in Arkansas, a union which also ended in divorce. Dan did road maintenance and was a heavy equipment operator for the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department. He was proud to have served them for 25 years until his retirement in 2017. He enjoyed wood working, hunting, fishing, Harley Davidson, carpentry and spending time with his family.
Survivors include his children, Millie Yates of Bryant, Arkansas; Mandy Hicks (Del); Jacob Yates; and Becky Yates all of Hot Springs, Arkansas; sister, Tollene Russell (Gerald) of Mt. Vernon, Oregon; brother, Harold Yates (Lois) of Concordia, Missouri; six grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Alene Yates; and granddaughter, Madison Mae Martin.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Program through Driskill Memorial Chapel, 241 S. Canyon Blvd., John Day, Oregon 97845.