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Bradley T. Yetter

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Bradley was born on Oct. 15th, 1965 in San Jose, CA. After graduating high school in Santa Cruz, he was excited about his future with the U.S. Navy. He was stationed out of San Diego and served on the LHA-1 Amphibious Assault Ship the USS Tarawa. Brad's life changed and he grew in many ways during his time in the Navy. Even after becoming an amputee and receiving his honorable discharge, Brad tried very hard to remain enlisted.

Brad had a great sense of humor with an infectious laughter. Although some antics were not always fondly received, we all knew of his tremendous heart and huge passion for life. Brad always wanted to give, of himself, his money, personal items or whatever. He so enjoyed his family and friends, always going above & beyond. He wanted you to know how much he loved and appreciated you, wanting you happy and protected. Being outdoors, whether climbing & trimming trees, fishing, driving tractors, water skiing or going down water slides, he always found the joy in the challenge. And then there were his beloved pets; well pretty much any animal, he just loved and played with them all. However, there was a special part of Brad that we couldn't always share in except for calling "Bradley help" or Brad come & fix this *#*! thing" etc. it was those darn COMPUTERS. He loved anything he could do with computers; buying, building, fixing or testing, but especially gaming. As a lifetime international gamer, focusing on high level competition was his true passion. One of his all time favorites was "World of WarCraft", he was lucky to have a great circle of cyber friends to share this with. Some, including their families, became truly dear to him. They will miss him just as we do. For the love & laughter they shared, the family is sincerely grateful.

Sadly, our beloved Bradley passed on April 18, 2008, at the Palo Alto Veterans hospital. He courageously endured a 2 year battle with an extremely aggressive form of Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Brad dealt with a multitude of medications, hospitalizations, procedures, including a bone marrow transplant, and ever changing side effects. He was the epitome of a fighter, determined to beat the disease. His body may have had to succumb but his spirit never did! Brad was survived by his parents; Steve & Roberta Yetter, sister & husband; Bonnie & Scott Perry, brothers; Billy & Steven Yetter and many other loving family and friends.

There will be two celebration/memorial services. The first, for all those who loved and cared for him, will be on Fri., May 2nd at 12: oo pm in the Rose Garden @ Palo Alto's VA Hospital, 3801 Miranda Ave. The 2nd service on Sun., May 4th at 2: oo pm in Santa Cruz, at the New Life Center, located at

707 Fair Ave. at the corner of Fair & Delaware. In lieu of flowers, Brad would have appreciated a donation sent to: Veterans Affairs Hospital "" General Fund, designated to "2A" towards new equipment, 3801 Miranda Ave., Palo Alto, CA 94304

The Yetter family will be forever grateful to all who gave so much of themselves in caring for Brad and our family.

Published in Santa Cruz Sentinel on Apr. 30, 2008
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