Dennis Yerton

Dennis Duane Yerton

Tuesday, January 2nd, 1951 - Monday, March 2nd, 2020
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Dennis Duane Yerton, 69, of Salem, VA., formerly of Pagosa Springs, CO., for forty years, went to be with the Lord on Monday, March 2, 2020. He was born on Tuesday, January 2, 1951, in Glendale, CA., to the late John Henry Yerton and Dorothy Maxine Herzog Yerton. Dennis was an avid golfer and all-around sportsman. Along his journey of life, he became a private pilot, enjoyed hangliding, surfing, skiing, and most definitely golfing with his sons. Dennis was a loving father, a cherished son, an adored husband, a brother, friend, and mentor, but his greatest joy was being a “Bumpa” to his grandchildren. Serving as a board member of the Pagosa Springs Pregnancy Center and jail ministry in addition to his work as an Elder in the church, Dennis made a difference in the lives of countless people. With his infectious laugh and boundless generosity Dennis made an impact on all he knew. His integrity, strength of character and willingness to lead others through adversity were a window to the soul of a man whose heart belonged to Jesus. His greatest desire in life was to be with his savior. In this sorrowful moment, we can rest assured in the knowledge that he is indeed at home in the arms of his Lord. We take solace in the knowledge that our separation is temporary, and his legacy lives on in the hearts and minds of his children and grandchildren. Donec videamus invicem rursus Pater familias. (Until we see each other again Father).

He is preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Thomas and Carrie Yerton; maternal grandparents, Nicholas and Elizabeth Herzog.

Those who remain to cherish his memory include his wife, Paula Lynn Yerton; sons, John Yerton, Josh Yerton, and Jeremiah Yerton; daughter, Christina Berry; grandchildren, Lucas, Tessa, Sarah, Conner, and Ellie; siblings, Mike Yerton, Terry Yerton, Maria Dishongh, Rita Petit, and Teresa Yerton.

A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 7, 2020, at the John M. Oakey & Son Funeral Home in Salem, VA.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to in Dennis’s honor.

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  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, March 7th, 2020 | 6:00pm
    Saturday, March 7th, 2020 6:00pm
    John M. Oakey & Son Chapel
    305 Roanoke Boulevard
    Salem, Virginia 24153
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  • Interment

    John M Oakey & Son Crematory
    305 Roanoke Blvd
    Salem, VA 24153
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Bill Fadorick

Posted at 04:06pm
I am a neighbor of Dennis an Paula, and just found out about his passing. I was shocked and saddened to hear the news. My sincere and deepest sympathies go out to Paula and the family. Although I only knew Dennis from talking when we were both outside doing yard work, I'll always remember him cutting the trees down that separated our houses.

Timothy Herzog

Posted at 04:04pm
I am shocked and sadden of Dennis passing. The memories of he and I will live forever in my heart. Here are a few.
1. His brothers and I trying to wrestle him down to the grown . He was similar to Baby Huey, not the duck part but just his size. I think we were in our early teens. All he could do was toss us aside and laugh incessantly.
2 .Once upon a time in the early eighties, he stopped by to visit me in Fresno. He asked me if I have seen Raiders of the Lost Ark.
Since I did not and thought to myself what a dumb name for a movie. He proceeded to tell me every little detail so much that I really did not have to see it. But I did and it was quite a movie.
3. I remember riding in his 454 El Camino and his 50's Nomad/Stationwagon. Even went to Santa Anita Racetrack once upon a time. The outcome of that event was in no way, shape or form a successful one. It was for us but not for Dennis's dad or brother.
4. Then in a visit to Pagosa Springs, the Yerton boys decided to ride down the local river in rafts. Dennis do not get too far since the large boulders played havoc with his raft. It was a shallow area so he just walked to the side.
5. Also played golf with him and his sons at the local course. Even though I was embarrassed with my play, I enjoyed my time there immensely.
6. I will never forget when he visited me in Dublin (East Bay) .We went to a very large car show sponsored by Good Guys in Alameda County. After spending the afternoon in 103 degrees , Dennis wanted to visit the Golden Gate Bridge. So, made our way to the northern Richmond- San Rafael bridge and then headed south on HWY 1. Took a detour and tried to find Stinson Beach since I had never been there and maybe Dennis would like to see it as well. Got lost and ended up at Muir Woods. That in its self is another story. Drove over the Golden Gate Bridge and had dinner and watched the sun set over the ocean in Half Moon Bay.
7. The last time I saw Dennis was at Steven's (Cousin) house in Clovis. The stories and memories were in full swing. Little did I know that I would never see or hear him again. As i end these memorable stories, the tears are dripping upon my keyboard. My heavy heart is filled with sadness. The only way I can get though this sorrow is remembering that he was a man of faith and his legacy will be forever remembered by those who knew and loved him.

My condolences to Paula and your children. Also to the brothers and sisters he left behind.

Tim Herzog

Joseph Petitt

Posted at 05:44pm
Uncle Dennis and I both shared a passion for aviation, when I was young we visited shortly after he was unable to fly anymore, he gave me his old flight bag. I loved that messenger bag and used it for most of middle school, all of high school, and most of college. I recently had to retire it after many years of use. He knew I would love it and carry on his passion.

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Posted at 03:22pm
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Posted at 01:58pm
Playing adult basketball throughout the area in tournaments with family and friends. Infectious laugh for sure. My condolences to the family.

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