Delbert C. Yates, 79

Delbert C. Yates, 79, of Kamiah passed away on Thursday, December 9, 2021, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Cottonwood surrounded by his family.

Delbert was born on November 2, 1942, to Kenneth and Phyllis Cargill Yates in Grangeville, Idaho. He grew up at the family place at Winona and attended Kamiah schools. He graduated from Kamiah High School in 1961. He was a 4-year letterman in football at Kamiah and also played basketball and ran track.

He married Barbara Daugherty on June 15, 1963, and they settled in Kamiah.

Delbert was a lineman from 1969 to 1983. In that job, he worked in many places in the Pacific Northwest, enjoying his time working on the towers that came off Dworshak Dam. He started Yates Glass as a part time job, moving it to full time from 1989 to 2010. He had many other jobs, including working in the woods, driving school bus and scaling logs. Delbert was a jack of all trades and a master of many.

Since 1975 he managed the family ranch. One prideful project at the ranch was building the family cabin with Barbara and his John Deere tractor.

He was incredibly involved in his community as a charter member of the Kamiah Lions Club, a lifetime member of the Kamiah Chamber of Commerce, former member of the CVRA, involved in the Kamiah Gun Club, had his pilot’s license and belonged to the Kam-Koo Flying Club, he was a member of Lewis County Search and Rescue as well as a former Kamiah Highway District commissioner.

His passions were trap shooting, collecting Winchester guns and attending gun shows. He enjoyed attending all his grandkids’ sporting events.

Delbert is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Barbara at the family home, daughter Shellie Yates of Puyallup, WA, and her children Taryn (Chris) and Will (Autumn), Todd Yates of Kamiah and his children Ty (Jessica) and Dylan (Alyssa), and daughter Kellie Hunt and husband Jesse of Kamiah and their daughters Kaylee (Colton) and Kelsee, three great grandchildren Arielle Bockman, Lexi and Cooper Yates and his brother Herman Yates and wife Shirlene of Kamiah.

Delbert is preceded in death by his parents, in-laws Fred and Mable Daugherty, and a very special nephew Rick Peterson.

His memorial service will be held at 2:30 pm on Saturday, December 18, 2021, at St. Catherine’s Catholic Church located at 407 7th St, in Kamiah. A dinner will follow, and all are welcome. Arrangements are under the direction of Blackmer Funeral Home of Grangeville. Send condolences to the family to

Anyone wishing to make a memorial donation can do so at the Shriners Hospital for Children, P.O. Box 1525, Ranson, WV 25438

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  • Doug and Charlotte Higgins says:

    So sorry. Prayers for all of the family.

  • Fred Van Guilder says:

    My condolences to Barbara and all family members. Delberts memory will live on through all his children and grandchildren.

  • Yvonne and Andy Jones says:

    So sorry for your loss. Are prayers are with you at this time.

  • Di Wilsey Geer says:

    Hugs and prayers for the large circle of the Yates family and friends.

  • Ruby Spriggle says:

    So sorry for your loss, but we know he’s waiting for you in a much better place. Love to all.

  • Lois Sutton says:

    We are so sorry to hear this. Our hearts go out to all of you.

  • Jaenne M Brownlee says:

    Have been praying for you all and am sorry for your loss.

  • Dave and Amy Woods says:

    Our deepest sympathies go out to you and your family Barbara. Sorry to hear of Delbert’s passing.

  • John McNeil says:

    Margie n I are so sorry to hear this, we’ve been good friends for so many years n always got to visit during BBQ days, he will be missed by everyone in the greater Kamiah area!

  • CONNIE Hobart says:

    So sorry to read of Delbert’s passing. This is such a hard time. I’m thinking of all of you. Hard to believe he was 79. Bob & I always thought of both of you as “the kids”…..{I’m 81……lol}

  • Venus Pearl says:

    My sincere condolences.

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