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Jack H. Yeatts, Jr.

February 8, 1950 — March 15, 2024

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Jack H. Yeatts passed away on March 15, 2024. He is preceded in death by his daughter, Jacqueline Yeatts, and survived by his wife, Rose Yeatts; daughter, Carole Yeatts-Evans; grandson, Jaxon Enriquez; and son-in-law, Jason Evans. Jack was born and raised in Caswell County, North Carolina. He was rooted in his upbringing and never forgot where he was from, often telling stories about his early days on the farm. Jack joined the U.S. Air Force in 1971 at the age of 20. He began his career as a Ground Radio Technician repairing and installing ground communication devices for the Department of Defense. His first duty station was at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Montana. He deployed from Malmstrom AFB to Vietnam and served his country during the Vietnam War. Jack was later stationed at Bergstrom Air Force Base in Austin, TX, where he met the love of his life, Ms. Rosa Caudillo. They were married and began their exciting journey in the military together. Their next duty station was in Lisbon, Portugal, where their appreciation for other cultures and food began. They traveled throughout Europe, visiting multiple countries and eventually starting their family with the birth of their daughter, Carole, in Madrid, Spain. Upon their return stateside, Jack applied for and was accepted into the Air Force's Bootstrap program, which allowed him to attend North Carolina State University and earn a degree in Electrical Engineering and a military officer commission.

 

Jack's first assignment, as a newly pinned Second Lieutenant, was at the Air Force Research Lab at Kirtland AFB, New Mexico. The Air Force later moved the Yeatts family to Los Angeles AFB, California, where he worked for what is now known as the Space Systems Command. After 24 years of service, Jack retired from the military and began working as a Senior Project Engineer for Aerospace Corporation in 1994. He was assigned to their offices in Northern Virginia in 2010 and later retired from Aerospace Corporation in 2016. For many years, Jack lived professionally and was dedicated to national security, a point of pride for his family.

 

In 2023, Jack and Rose moved to Layton, Utah, where he would spend his final months with his loving family by his side. Dedication and devotion to one another remained the compass that guided Jack and Rose through 49 years of marriage, their journey serving as an example of joy and commitment throughout a lifetime. Jack's most revered qualities are his sterling character and love for his family. He meant what he said and did what he said, and our nation is better for it. His love, sacrifice, and devotion to his family are unmatched. His mentorship to those around him was exemplified in how he conducted his own life. Jack chose to live a life of character by living with purpose, strength, and understanding. He would often challenge those around him to seek the truth in their beliefs or opinions and not sheepishly accept a statement as a fact. On many occasions, these discussions involved encyclopedias and, later, a multitude of websites to support a thesis of thought. We now go forth in life, having learned many lessons from Jack. Those lessons ensure that our character stays intact, that our integrity is at the forefront of our being, that we should always be true to ourselves, and that we should live honestly. To say that Jack will be missed is quite an understatement. Those fortunate to know him will miss the daily moments of guidance and long moments sitting outside on the porch, absorbing the knowledge and experience from a lifetime of learning.  

 

Jack's favorite movie was Patton. General George S. Patton once stated, "It is foolish to mourn the men who died. Rather, we should thank God that such men lived." Thank God Jack lived. We cannot measure what he has done for this country in his military and civilian life. He has kept us safe from those who would wish otherwise. Jack H. Yeatts, you are greatly missed!


In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the American Cancer Society.

Arrangements entrusted to Lindquist’s Layton Mortuary, 1867 N. Fairfield Rd., Layton, Utah.

 

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