Don "Coach" Yates

Written by Cole Williams on . Posted in Obituaries

"Coach" Don Yates, 68 years young, stepped out of illness and pain into Eternal Life in Heaven on March 12, 2014.

He was born September 12, 1945, in Dallas, Texas, and lived in the Buckner Baptist Children's Home from the age of seven until he turned 17. Don proudly served his country in the U. S. Air Force during the Vietnam War, was a member of the American Legion, and the Veterans of Foreign War. He was one of the founding members of the LSU Baseball Team Coaches Committee, and an avid LSU fan. He is survived by his loving wife of 37 years, Karen Kelly Yates; daughter's, Kelly Yates of Baton Rouge and Amy Yates Sutton and husband Scott of Shreveport ; son, Brad Yates and wife Carrie of Dallas, Texas; grandchildren, Dameon Yates, Emma Yates, Tommy Insley, Brooke Sutton and Bryce Sutton; brother's; Jack and wife Tina of Murfreesboro, AR., Michael Arp and wife Rose' of Reno, Nevada, Tim Arp of Dallas, Texas; sister, Billie Rodgers of Athens, Texas; brother-in-law, Tommy Kelly of Minden, LA.; mothers-in-law, Nedra T. Kelly of Minden, LA., and Rachel Lopez of Port Allen, LA.; numerous nieces and nephews; and his daily caregivers, Freya Swann and Jackie Garrett. He was preceded in death by his father, J.W. Yates; mother, Betty Briggs; and sister, Anita Yates. Honorary MVP's are the Hays Builders Championship Ball Team. Many thanks to the staff at Baton Rouge General ICU for their care and support. We would also like to thank all of Don's doctors for the excellent care and for the staff and nurses at Superior Home Care. A Celebration of Life will was held at Jefferson United Methodist Church on Saturday, March 15, 2014, at 12:00 p.m., officiated by Pastor Michi Head. Memorial donations can be made to Jefferson United Methodist Church, 10328 Jefferson Highway, Baton Rouge, where Don was a member, or to the LSU Tiger Athletic Foundation. Please visit to sign the online guestbook

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