PROCTOR, Vt. — David Spencer Yates passed away unexpectedly Friday, Oct. 31, 2008 of respiratory failure.
Born Feb. 7, 1931 in Englewood, N.J., he was the son of Sheldon Smith and Edith (Cutter) Yates. He was a graduate of Deerfield Academy, class of 1949, attended the University of Virginia and served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War.
An enthusiastic family man, birder, naturalist and historian, he cheerfully gave his time to many different organizations, most recently St. Dominic’s Church of Proctor and Rutland County Audubon Society. With his family he enjoyed many activities over the years, including golf, skiing, canoeing and hockey.
As a world traveler he visited South and Central America, Europe and New Zealand. Much of his creative energy went into building and managing the Whiteface Mountain KOA campground near Lake Placid in the 1970s.
He is survived by a daughter, Mary E. Yates and her partner Bill Rusch of Bristol, Vt.; two sons: D. Spencer Yates, Jr. and John S. Yates of Proctor, Vt.; three grandchildren: Elise, Carson and June; his brother Robert S. and his wife Margaret Yates of New Canaan, Conn.; and numerous in-laws, nieces and nephews.
David was predeceased by his wife of 40 years, Janice Lanzillo Yates, in 2003.
A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 8 at St. Dominic’s Church in Proctor, Vt. Following the service, family and friends will gather at 11:30 a.m. at the Union Church reception hall in Proctor for calling hours, a buffet lunch and a memorial celebration of David’s life. All are welcome to share their fondest memories of David at this time.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Rutland County Audubon Society for the preservation and upkeep of the West Rutland Marsh Boardwalk, one of many projects he spearheaded with the society. Checks made out to RCAS can be sent to John Yates, 28 Olympus Road, Proctor, VT 05765.