Wesley Louis Yates

March 7, 1966 – June 22, 2012

Wesley Louis Yates, 46, of Rupert, Idaho, died Friday, June 22, 2012.

Wesley was born March 7, 1966, to Ralph and Alta (Dolly) Yates in Columbus, Mont. He joined two brothers and two sisters in their family. He grew up in Belfry, Challis, Salmon and in Riggins, Idaho, where he graduated with the class of 1984. He was raised on ranches and learned the value of hard work and a job well done.

Wesley Louis Yates

He loved the outdoors, spending time in the mountains and doing a lot of fishing. He enjoyed working in the woods, cutting trees for firewood and making log beds, tables, coat racks and picture frames. He recently claimed that, “he was born with a chainsaw in his hand.”

While living in Alaska in 1985 he met his future wife. Wesley and Dana were married on March 20, 1988 in Riggins. A son, Tyler, joined the family in 1991 and another son, Wyatt, was born in 1993. The family was sealed in the Idaho Falls Temple in 1995. A daughter Savannah completed the family in 1998.

Wesley and his family lived in Frannie for 15 years, where he was a bus driver for the schools. He enjoyed going on many school trips with his kids. He then lived in Arkansas for two years, before the opportunity came to return to Idaho to work at the Idaho Youth Ranch in Rupert. Wesley was a good man, kindhearted, and served his family and others, often putting himself secondary.

Wesley is survived by his wife, Dana, of Rupert; sons Tyler of Cody and Wyatt of Rupert; his daughter Savannah of Rupert and by all of “his” kids at the Idaho Youth Ranch; parents, Ralph and Alta (Dolly) Yates of Powell; brothers Joe (Janine) of Miles City, and Scott (Marianne) of Burley, Idaho; sisters Linda of Deaver and Lena (Kenny) Seng of Spanish Fork, Utah and many nieces, nephews and several great-nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents, brother Yancey Yates, nephew Trinity Tilley and best friend Rick Elton.

Any condolences can be sent to the family at 1275 North 400 East, Rupert, Idaho, 83350 or dyates35@ymail.com.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, June 26, at the Acequia LDS Church with Bishop Jeff Miller, officiating.  Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, June 29, 2012, at Riggins Cemetery in Riggins, Idaho.  Services are under the direction of Hansen Mortuary.


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