Donnie Ray Yates, 89, passed away Friday, October 13, 2023. He is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Marlen; his children, Danny Yates and wife, Beverly, Cam Yates, James Yates and partner, David Jones, and Tina Craig; three grandchildren, Roszlyn, Jessica, and Wyatt; and three great-grandchildren, Roxie, Weezie, and Waylon. He is also survived by his brothers, Dick Yates and Bill Yates; his sisters, Raeana Wadhams and husband, John and Sharon Miller and husband, Jim; numerous nieces and nephews; and many, many friends.
Donnie grew up in Hasty, Colorado. He graduated from Colorado State University where he received an agricultural degree, was an all-around cowboy and President of the rodeo club. He served our country in the United States Army during the Korean War. Donnie was an amazing husband, father, and grandfather and loved his family dearly. Mr. Yates retired from The Farm Bureau Insurance Co. after 35 years. He enjoyed golfing, roping, and gardening. Donnie was an avid reader, was a fan of the Cowboy Channel and especially enjoyed his 5 o'clock cocktail. In April of 2023 he was inducted into the Cowboy Wall of Fame at Colorado State University. He will be greatly missed.
A celebration of Donnie’s life will be held Sunday, November 19, 2023, 2:00 p.m., at Cowboy Hall, 1040 Arena Rd., Bosque Farms, NM.