Jay Yarbrough was born in Fresno, CA on Sept. 3, 1948 and passed away at his Hollister home on Feb. 9, after a short battle with cancer. He was a gentle man with a wicked sense of humor, which made him a pleasure to be around. He was a heavy equipment mechanic until his retirement and was a member of the International Union of Operating Engineers. Even after retirement he tinkered with his motorcycles and vehicles. Years ago he enjoyed taking his boat out with his son, Michael, to Monterey Bay to go deep sea diving, always taking beautiful pictures and exploring the bay. He loved the outdoors and often went hunting and fishing with his close friend Steve Franco and was a lifetime member of the NRA and Rocky Mtn. Elk Foundation and the CA Rifle and Pistol Association. He also was a member of the National Association for Amateur Radio. He loved talking to truckers and people traveling the roads, often directing lost travelers. He also enjoyed podcasting on the radio often times talking to people around the country and the world. He and his wife, Harriet, enjoyed traveling and going on cruises with friends.
He was a long standing member of the Mound Lodge #166 IOOF and Rebekah Lodge #29 and had been the Noble Grand, secretary and treasurer. His love of the lodge and community activities made it easy for Jay and Harriet to devote a lot of time at the lodge.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Eola Yarbrough, son, Michael Yarbrough Sr., brother, John Yarbrough and wife Harriet Hegg Yarbrough.
He is survived by his grandsons, Michael Yarbrough Jr, Matthew Yarbrough and former daughter in law, Neiche Yarbrough Castelo as well as nephews, Chris (Mindy) Yarbrough, Johnny Yarbrough and many great nieces and nephews. Also his cousin, Marilyn Anderson and relatives and very close friends, Steve and Karen Franco, Middie Bell and Rose Ortiz.
Jay was a special kind of family man and friend to many and is loved and will be missed by us all.
There will be a private family burial at the IOOF Cemetery in Hollister but there will be a celebration of life at a later date.
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