June 29, 1925 - March 19, 2013
David E. Yaeger, 87, died peacefully after battling several months of complications from Parkinson's Disease.
He was a wonderful, caring man, with a heart of gold. He worked hard every day and was a shining example of selfless dedication to a job that needed to be done. He had a witty sense of humor and never failed to have an appropriate quote of wisdom for each situation.
He was born in Berkeley and lived his entire life in California - the past 40 years in Vallejo.
At the age of 18 he became a Merchant Mariner, supplying U.S. Navy
ships during WWII
. Decades later, he was proud to receive the honor of being recognized as a war veteran. He was a pipe Insulator in Shop 64 at Mare Island Naval Shipyard from 1974 to his retirement in 1981.
He had a wide range of knowledge and interests, owing to the fact that he read extensively and had traveled all over the world. He loved the many trips to visit relatives in TX, WA, NV, Canada, and all over California. He was a member of the Sister City Association, Friendship Force, Good Sam, Pleasure-Way RV, and Blue Rock Springs Golf Clubs, Elks Lodge
, and was a founding member of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of North Bay.
David is survived by his wife of 44 years, Elaine (nee: Flannigan) of Vallejo; sons, John (Marla), of Ottawa, Canada and Rick of Reno, NV; daughter, Pamela (Rogers) Williams, of Monterey; brother, Rodney (Hilda) of Vallejo; eight grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; six nieces and five nephews and their families. He was also dearly loved by his three step-children, Cheryl Swanson, Vallejo, Laurel (Jack) Ward, Santa Maria, CA, and Randy Swanson, OK; with three additional grandchildren and two great-grandchildren who have life-long memories of him as their "Papa". Others who will feel this loss deeply include Dave's brothers-in-law, Nathan McFarland and Gary Flannigan, many additional relations through marriage, and the friends he and his wife shared for decades. Dave will truly be missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him well.
David was preceded in death by his sister, Hertha (Nathan) McFarland, of Chico; brother, Paul Houston, of Vallejo, and son, David L. Yaeger, of Texas. He will be buried at Sunset View Cemetery in El Cerrito, next to his older brother, George, Jr., who died at age seven.
A remembrance ceremony will be held at New Hope Fellowship Church, 418 West 7th St., Chico, CA on March 23 at 2 p.m.