Alvin Michael Yost
December 16, 1929 - July 06, 2011
Alvin Michael Yost
December 16, 1929 - July 06, 2011
Alvin M. Yost Al Yost, beloved husband, father and grandfather, passed away at 9:00pm July 6th finally losing his battle after 5 years to bladder cancer. He was 81.
Al is survived by his wife of 57 years, Stella; his son Mike; daughters Terry Luck, Margie Mantell, Julie Neiswonger, Mary Schumacher; and eleven 11 grandchildren.
Al was a good man, great leader and a greater father. He was the Patriarch of the Yost family. He was an avid and active athlete playing basketball and baseball in his younger years, and a scratch golfer. He maintained a single digit handicap well into his 60’s.
Al’s tour of duty for the US Marines ran from 1946 to 1949. He attended McAllister College and graduated from the Univ of Minnesota in 1957 with a degree in Education and a Math minor.
During his USMC Tour in CA he met Stella. They were married in 1954 and returned to Minnesota to finish Al’s education. He worked in Minnesota as a teacher and basketball coach winning the Twin Cities AAU Championship in the Mid-50’s and playing scratch golf in the summer.
In 1958 Al and Stella returned to CA for good. With 2 children already, Al and Stella began their family journey. Today there are 6 children, 11 grandchildren, many sons- and daughters-in-law and a tremendous legacy.
Al worked in CA in Technical Sales for over 30 years and then at age 61 went back to education teaching Math in Junior High for another 13 years, finally retiring fully at 74.
He will be sorely missed by those who knew him and loved him. He was a man of great faith and gave that gift to his family. His legacy and faith will help support the family during the grieving period and afterwards to heal from the tremendous loss.
Rosary on Wednesday night July 13th at 7:00pm
25301 Alicia Parkway
Laguna Hills, CA 92653
Funeral Mass on Thursday, July 14th at 10:00am
St. John the Baptist Catholic Church
1015 Baker Street Costa Mesa, CA 92626
In lieu of flowers the Yost family recommends donations be sent in the name of Al Yost to:
The USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center
1441 Eastlake Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90033
Phone: 323 865-3000
6 responses to Alvin Michael Yost
Michael A. Yost says:
July 9, 2012
For those interested following is my Eulogy of this great man.
Eulogy for Al Yost
I am 56 years old and I am not ready for this day or this Eulogy. I will always need my Dad, Al Yost!
To paraphrase Marc Antony, Senator of Rome delivering the eulogy for Caesar:
“We have come to bury Al Yost, AND to praise him.”
For Al was a good man, great leader and a greater father. He was the Patriarch of our family. He was my mentor, leader, teacher, coach, consultant and my confidant. He was everything to me. He and my Mother are the reason I was able to achieve what I have in life. I owe everything to him and to her.
Despite not having a model to emulate, he became the great father we love and respect. His own father died when he was 8 or 9 so he was left to model after people in his life that represented the qualities he learned from his great faith in God.
As a young man he was an avid and active athlete he played basketball, baseball and golf. At 17 he joined the Marines because it was the “best outfit.” Due to his age his missed WWII by one year beginning in 1946. He ended his tour of duty 3 years later, missing the Korean War of 1950. During his USMC Tour in CA he met my Mother Stella and after military discharge he returned from Minnesota to Marry her and went back to finish his college education. He played baseball then moved to golf after he hurt his pitching arm while attending McAllister College. He graduated from the Univ of Minnesota with a degree in Education and a minor in Math.
He worked in Minnesota as a teacher and basketball coach winning the Twin Cities AAU Championship in the Mid-50’s and playing scratch golf in the summer.
Returning back to CA for good in 1958 with 2 children already, Al and Stella began their family journey. Today there are 6 children, 11 grand children many sons and daughter in-laws and a tremendous legacy.
Al worked in CA in Technical Aerospace Sales for over 30 years and then at age 61 went back to education teaching Math in Junior High for another 13 years, finally retiring fully at age 74.
During our family life at home, all 6 of us kids relied on him for he was the Family Leader. He was a disciplinarian when we were younger and as we grew into adolescence we saw the true man. When we were older and made mistakes he treated us with love and helped us through offering encouragement and the best advice. It was when these things happened to all of us we could see his exceptional judgment. He was in it for the “long haul.” He taught us to be independent, to make our own way, responsible and accept the consequences of our actions.
But through it all he always treated us like the adults we would become, stressing faith, education, a college degree and working hard. Since he was the only one in his extended Minnesota family to graduate from college, he was going to pass that instruction and expectation on to all the Yost children. The result today is college degrees for all his children and several of his grand children.
But even with all Al’s talents, he did not excel in everything. And if you have ever heard him tell a joke, you know what I mean. He loved to tell all kinds of jokes, mostly lawyer ones, and did so often but the truth is he just wasn’t any good at it. If fact some of his jokes were so bad, poorly delivered, that on many occasions they could just “suck the air” out of the room. However he did reel off a good one now and again, about 1 every 1 or 2 years. His best for me was the joke he told at my wedding for Cindy and I. It is on film and I am still laughing at it and anyone who was there would say the same. He was good under pressure in all things sports, business and delivered a funny well timed joke in his only time in front of the camera.
Today I view my Dad, Al Yost, the same as I did in my late teens, early 20’s. As I said earlier, he was all those things to me and he was my father. What a bonus! He was/ is still the family Patriarch. The loss is huge for all of us, me especially.
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