• "My sympathies go out to the Yeats family. I knew steve in..."
    - Ken Martin
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    - Andrew Phelps
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    - Mark Shaeffer
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    - Linda Cormack
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Steven A. Yeats, deceased January 4th, 2018 in Gainesville, Florida, was born to his parents Raymond N. and Marilyn D. Yeats in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was quickly followed by his two beloved sisters, Cathy E. and Lisa A. Yeats. Obliged to move from place to place due to Raymond's work, the Yeats family withstood the constant change by becoming exceptionally tight-knit. They eventually returned to Cincinnati where Steven and his sisters attended Anderson High School. In his young life, Steven enjoyed spending time with family and especially loved hunting, fishing, boating, and working on cars with his father.
After graduating high school in 1973, he left home to study Civil Engineering at Purdue University in Lafayette, Indiana. After graduating from Purdue, Steven attended the University of California at Berkley in pursuance of his Master's degree in Environmental Engineering, specializing in water treatment plant design. Steven was an exceptionally serious and diligent student. He dedicated himself to learning the fundamentals of math, science, and engineering and became an expert in his specialty. During his college career, Steven formed close ties with his Purdue roommate Paul, who would become another lifelong friend. Years later, after acquiring Master's Degrees and working for a time, the two friends would embark on an epic 14-month journey through Europe on bicycle. His family and friends back home would all benefit from the many stories and photos that returned with Steven from that trip.
In California, Steve found more great friends in Eric and Betty, with whom he boated, dived, camped and hiked all over the state. Steven loved California, but his work designing water treatment plants brought him to Gainesville in 1985, where he has remained since. He has worked as a licensed professional engineer at Jones Edmunds and Associates consulting firm for over 25 years. In 1987 he joined a recreational softball team, through which he met his future wife, Carol. They married in 1992 and later had two children, Ellen in 1995 and Eric in 1997. Steven was an excellent and loving father, and he instilled in his children an appreciation for the outdoors, good principles, and a love of learning. Over the course of their childhood, Ellen and Eric got to go on endless outdoor adventures with their Dad. Most notably, Steven brought his family to the Florida Keys every summer to enjoy diving, fishing, and camping there together. He also educated his children in how to be good neighbors and citizens through his constant example of service to those around him. He always emphasized the value of learning to his kids, and anyone he talked to knew he was especially proud of their academic accomplishments. He is survived by his two kids, his wife, his mother Marilyn, his two sisters Lisa and Cathy and many nieces, nephews, and cousins from all over the country.
The memorial for Steven will take place at Holy Faith Catholic Church at 9:30 AM on Thursday, January 11th 2018. All are welcome to join us in celebrating our dear Steve's life and legacy.
Services are in the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES, 311 South Main Street Gainesville, FL 32601.
[email protected] (352) 376-5361

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Milam Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc. of Gainesville
311 South Main Street
Gainesville, FL 32601-1803
(800) 433-5361
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Published in Gainesville Sun from Jan. 9 to Jan. 10, 2018
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