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Harry Douglas (O'Hara) Yates


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Harry Douglas (O'Hara) Yates Obituary
December 25, 1934 - January 31, 2017 Harry Douglas (O'Hara) Yates, 82, of Estacada, Oregon, passed on January 31, 2017 of prostate cancer. Born to Bert and Kitty O'Hara on December 25, 1934 in Los Angeles, California, and later adopted by Marcus L. Yates at age 13. Harry was a golf irrigation designer, a hydraulic and electrical engineer with course irrigation designs known around the world. Harry also had a great love and passion for music, playing piano, hunting & fishing, classic cars and motorcycles, inventing (holds U.S. patents), fabricating, brokering business deals, spirited discussions and debates, friends and family, Good & Plenty candy, and a film credit claim to fame for his bit part in the movie, "One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest." Harry was not a golfer, but loved the golf industry. He made and fostered many lifelong close friendships. Harry mentored, tutored, and supported thousands, both personally and professionally. Harry was truly a self-made man, fun loving, life of the party personality, loved a good joke, and always had a story. He is survived by his second wife Susan (Bolt) Yates of Estacada, son (and best friend), Douglas (Linda) Yates of North Hollywood, California, daughter Diana (Todd) Rodger of Chatsworth, California, sister, Peggy (Troy) Perdue of Silverton, Oregon, 3 grandchildren Michelle Bluemm Leahey, Nicole (Daniel) Quinonez, and Patrick (Sophia) Yates, 9 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his 3 parents, stepbrother Marc Yates and grandson, Kristopher Bluemm. His longtime and very dear close friend, David Rainville wrote this to say about Harry: So you want to know something about my friend Harry Yates...I've had the pleasure of knowing Harry for something like 55 years, so I think I know of what I speak. He's without a doubt one of the most honest, forthright and sincere friends I've ever known. His intellect is well above average along with many other talents. I've never known anyone who comes close to being as talented with a shotgun as Harry (I have to include his son, Doug, as being an equal). Who else do you know that was in a movie with no less than Jack Nicholson? I'll never forget his sitting down at our piano and cranking out a song. (I have trouble with chopsticks.) Have you ever designed an irrigation controller that was state of the art? Harry did. He's forgotten more about pump station controls than most designers ever knew. Have you ever restored an automobile to award winning acclaim? Harry did. I've sat around discussing life and all its tribulations with Harry many times. It's always an enlightening and learning experience. At my age, you've met a lot of people. Harry falls into a category all its own. There's no one like him, he's that special. So that, my friends, is a very limited account of Harry, it would take a book to reveal the total Harry and I feel it would make the "Best Seller" list if written. Most sincerely, David Rainville. Harry requested no services and was cremated, his ashes to be scattered.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Mar. 2 to Mar. 4, 2017
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