Gillies Funeral Chapel


Joseph Lynn Yeates

May 20, 1946  ~  January 6, 2015

Viewing: Friday, January 9th, from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m. at Gillies Funeral Chapel, 634 East 200 South, Brigham City, UT. There will be no viewing at the church on Saturday.

Funeral services: Saturday, January 10, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at the Box Elder LDS Stake Center, 420 South 800 West, Brigham City, Utah

Interment: Millville City Cemetery, 250 East 100 North


BRIGHAM CITY - Our loving father, papa, great grandfather, brother, uncle and friend, Joseph Lynn Yeates, 68, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, January 6, 2015 from a heart attack at his home in Brigham City, Utah. He was born on May 20, 1946 in Logan, Utah, a son of Joseph Rutherford and Lucille Johnson Yeates. He graduated from Weber State University. He served in the US Army from 1968 to 1974 during the Vietnam Era. He also served an LDS Mission to Ireland. He married Roxie Ann Geisler, they were later divorced. Lynn married his soul mate Lynda Nelson on December 4, 1982 in Brigham City, Utah. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Ogden LDS Temple. He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints attending the Brigham City LDS 24th Ward. Lynn was currently serving as Box Elder County Sheriff. His law enforcement career spanned decades and included assignments on the ambulance crews, EMT, crime laboratory technician, patrol officer, detective, jail commander and the chief deputy sheriff. Lynn was also a Medical Examiner and taught classes in CPR and First Aid. Lynn loved serving the county, spending time with his grandkids and family. He also enjoyed vacationing on the Oregon Coast with his sweetheart, Lynda for the last 10 years. Surviving are his four children, Amber (John) Kuchinski; Sherry A. Sorenson; Robert C. (Debbie) Lee; Brandon K. (Michele) Lee; seven grandchildren; five great grandchildren; two siblings, Allie Bergman and Ralph Yeates. He was preceded in death by his parents and his eternal companion, Lynda N. Yeates. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the J. Lynn Yeates Account, Members First Credit Union, to be used for charitable causes in memory of Lynn and Lynda. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 10, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at the Box Elder LDS Stake Center, 420 South 800 West, Brigham City, Utah. Viewing will be held on Friday, January 9th, from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m. at Gillies Funeral Chapel, 634 East 200 South, Brigham City, UT. There will be no viewing at the church on Saturday. Interment will be in the Millville City Cemetery, 250 East 100 North.

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The Oneida County Sheriff's Office sends their condolences to the family of Sheriff Lynn Yeates, and also to the staff of the Box Elder County Sheriff's Office. Sheriff Yeates and his staff have been a great Law Enforcement partner. State lines meant nothing to Sheriff Yeates as he was always willing to assist anyone who asked for help. Sheriff Yeates led with integrity, compassion, common sense and cared deeply for his community and those he served and served with. He was a tremendous example to all who knew and worked with him and left a legacy that will not be forgotten.

Sheriff JP Semrad
Oneida County Sheriff
Malad, Idaho


We are so sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you. We cannot return home for the services, but we will be thinking of you. May God bless you as you bear this burden.

Elder and Sister Tomany


Personally, and on behalf of The Salt Lake Tribune, please accept our sympathies and prayers at this time of loss. I found Sheriff Yeates to be a pleasure to speak to, a professional yet compassionate man of the law. God bless your family.

Robert Mims


On behalf of Utah Search Dogs, our sincere condolences. Sheriff Yeates was very supportive of our organization and will be truly missed.

Nancy Hachmeister


From the Box Elder County Victim Services-
We would like to said that we are truly sorry for the lost of Lynn. He was a great man. But know there is another star in the heavens.

Julie Jacobsen





I am sad at the loss of a great man. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Susan Obray


From all of us at the Bear River Health Department. It was a pleasure to know and work with Sheriff Yeates over these many years. He was not only a great partner, but a great friend as well. We'll miss him dearly. God bless his family and the many who loved him. May they find comfort and peace during this difficult time.

Kevin Christensen


We send our love and wish all of you our sincere support in this time of sorrow for the loss of Lynn and Linda. We love your family and will miss you both!

Scott Monson


Our sympathy goes out to Lynn's family. I have know Lynn since 1980 and had the pleasure of working for him and with him at the Sheriffs Office. I have always considered him a very close friend. Box Elder County has lost a very good man.

Jeff and Megan Black


We were shocked to hear of Lynn's passing, so soon after Lynda's. Lynda and I (Carolyn) were students together in Perry from 1st to 5th Grade, then on through high school and beyond. Dean knew Lynn through his work for Box Elder County. Lynn was a man we felt could be 'trusted' to love and care for a friend as dear as Lynda. To their children and grandchildren, you have parents of whom you can always be proud, and who are loving you now and forever.

Dean and Carolyn Johnson Rock


As the former Sheriff of Tooele County, I grew to know Lynn from the time we were both jail commanders and continued our association through our terms as Sheriffs. Lynn was always a person I could turn to with questions. His knowledge of the western part of his county, and mine, was amazing. My wife Randi and I send our deepest sympathies to your family at this time. I know Lynn missed his lovely wife and is smiling at that reunion.

Frank Park


Sheriff Yeates was a great friend and always willing to offer his support,friendship, and expertise to the Bureau of EMS. I wish to send my condolences to his family. My thoughts and prayers are with you during these difficult times.

Tami Goodin


Sorry for your loss. He was a great man.

Mike and Deanna Kafton.


It was with great sadness that I read of Lynn's passing. I had the pleasure and opportunity to work with him for five years at Box Elder County SO. We worked together for 18 months on swing and graves and also taught together at the Indian Police Academy. Unfortunately I will not be able to attend his viewing or services due to an illness. I will keep the family in my prayers.

Terry McDade


To the family, friends and colleagues of Sheriff Yeates on behalf of the Town Council and Residents of the Town of Portage we extend our sincere sympathies. We appreciated Sheriff Yeates and all he did to provide protection and care for our community. He will be missed.

Opal Morrison - Town Council Member


I wish to express my extreme condolences to the family. I knew Lynn when we were teens and I ran around with his sister Allie. She was my best friend and her brothers were always good to me.

Judy Weston


I was sorry to here of lynn's passing. I was a neighbor of Lynn's until after high school. I was in basic training with Lynn. I am sorry for your loss. He is a good man.

Gary Mitchell


So sorry to hear about the loss of a very sweet man. He was a great teacher, mentor and friend to all. He was extremely gentle when it came to meeting the little kids and teaching them all he knew. There is a spot that no one else can fill with the gentle soul he had. Love and Hugs to his family.

Sherri and Mike Worl


Hello, I regret not knowing Lynn's family personally, but I wanted to let you know that Lynn and I departed the same day for the Irish Mission in August of 1965, almost 50 years ago. So I have good memories of spending some time with him on the Emerald Isle. Then about 25 years ago, I worked in the Box Elder County District Court as a court reporter, and we became reacquainted. We shared some good times. A couple of times, he took me and other co-workers on "patrols" out in the west desert. I remember he had a box of cherry chocolates and a bottle of Mountain Dew right next to him, and he was telling us about his ailing heart. We razzed him about his diet, but it sounds like he got along quite well until Lynda's illness. I am sorry for your loss of your mother as well. Did Lynn ever tell you about the crime of felonious mopery? He always made me laugh. Well, I wish you all the best as you move on without Lynn. You were blessed to have him in your lives.

Dean Olsen


Saddend by the loss of your father, you are in our thoughts and prayers

Rod and Betty Bywater


So sorry for our loss. He was a honorable man, a nice man and a great sheriff. I enjoyed working with him over the years. Sending my deepest sympathies to his friends and family.

Marcy Korgenski






















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