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Delmar D. Yoakum Obituary
May 10, 1936 - March 18, 2014 Delmar Dean Yoakum Delmar Dean Yoakum, age 77, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 18th, 2014 in Camarillo, California. He was born on May 10th, 1936 in Crawford, Nebraska and lived in Chadron, Nebraska with his mother Erma and his brother Bruce. He still had many family members living in Chadron whom he liked to go back and visit on a regular basis. He graduated from Chadron High School in 1954. He went on to receive a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington in 1958. He then went to Harvard University where he received a Master's Degree in Civil Engineering with an emphasis on Soil Mechanics. In 1971 he became the Chief Instrumentation Engineer at Tarbela Dam in Pakistan. It was then the largest earth and rock dam in the world. In 1974 he and his partners formed their own firm Geosoils, Inc. He successfully ran that firm until he retired in 2008. He was married to Judith Yoakum from 1977 until her death in 2010. He is survived by his daughters Stacy Wood and Tobi Schneider, as well as his step-son Glen Darcey. He is also survived by his sons-in-law Don Wood and Marty Schneider, his daughter-in-law Marilyn Darcey and his grandchildren; Paige Wood, David and Sarah Schneider, and Miles and Evan Darcey. He is also survived by his brother Bruce Yoakum, his sister-in-law Judy Yoakum and their 3 children, spouses and 8 grandchildren. He loved woodworking, traveling, skiing and boating. He also loved relaxing at his vacation home at Lake Nacimiento. He loved his family more than anything and spending time with them was his greatest joy. His children and grandchildren were the most important people in his life. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and brother. He always had a smile on his face and a kind word for everyone. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him. There will be a Celebration of his Life at his daughter Tobi Schneider's house in Camarillo, California on Saturday April 5th at 3:00p.m.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Mar. 29 to Mar. 31, 2014
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