SPRING BRANCH, Texas - Robert E. "Bob" Yates Jr. passed away April 16, 2013, at his home in Spring Branch, Texas.
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He was born Nov. 20, 1938, in East Montpelier, Vt., to parents Robert E. Yates Sr. and Beatrice (Broe) Yates.
Bob was a graduate of Montpelier High School, class of 1956. He later graduated from Syracuse University in 1960, playing on the 1959 collegiate national championship Orangemen football team. Bob was named First Team All-American in recognition of his gritty play. Following the Orangemen's 23-14 victory in the 1960 Cotton Bowl, Yates was married to first wife Sarah (Morrison) Yates on Jan. 2, 1960. Yates played pro ball for the then-AFL Boston Patriots from 1960 to 1965.
Following his professional career, he coached and taught at the high school and collegiate levels. In 1979, he returned to his native Vermont to coach the Burlington High School Seahorse football team, which he transformed from a winless program to a state title runner-up in 1987. This past fall, Bob was inducted into the Vermont Sports Hall of Fame's inaugural class.
He is predeceased by his parents, Robert E. Yates Sr., Beatrice (Broe) Yates; and brother Mike Yates. He is survived by the three sons of his first marriage: Scott Yates (wife Sharon), of Austin, Texas, Tim Yates, of Verdi, Nev., Steve Yates (wife Jessika), of Monkton, Vt.; sister Nancy Anderson, of Berlin, Vt.; brother Paul Anderson, of Antrim, N.H.; second wife Fay Farrar Yates; stepdaughters Rena Baisden and Ruth Kupcha. He is also survived by grandchildren Tory Yates, of Colorado Springs, Colo., Conor Yates, of Austin, Texas, and Orion Yates, of Monkton, Vt.
A Vermont remembrance service will be held at The Old Meeting House in East Montpelier Center at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 18, 2013. The Old Meeting House is located at 1620 Center Road, East Montpelier, Vt. Following the service, the family will receive friends in the parsonage. Interment will be at the Doty Cemetery in East Montpelier.
Published in Times Argus on May 15, 2013