Darrell L. Yonts


(Feb. 1, 2004)

Funeral services for Basin resident, Darrell Leon Yonts, 82, will be conducted Friday, Feb. 6 at 10 a.m. at the First Southern Baptist Church in Powell. Mr. Yonts died Sunday, Feb. 1 at the Wyoming Retirement Center in Basin.

Pastor Pete Kuhn and Pastor Allen Pomeroy will officiate at services and burial in Crown Hill Cemetery.

He was born Sept. 7, 1921, in Sherlock, Kan., the son of Claude E. and Olla O. (Brown) Yonts. He received his schooling in Kansas and Wyoming. He came to Wyoming in the early 1930s and lived in the Whistle Creek area, Powell, Lovell and finally Basin.

He served as a Seabee in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He worked for a seismic crew for many years all over Wyoming, Montana and Canada, and then worked at the Wyoming Highway Department for many years until he retired from the work force.

He enjoyed creating with his hands and built a speed boat and many pieces of furniture. He was also an avid fly fisherman.

He was a member of the Grace Southern Baptist Church of Greybull.

Survivors include four children, Doyle R. Yonts of Basin, Doreen C. Hanich of Tonto Basin, Ariz., Dennis L. Yonts of Billings, Mont., and Sandra J. Wirth of Ferron, Utah; 12 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Kenneth D. Yonts; two brothers and his wife, Dorothy, on Sept. 7, 2000.

Atwood Family Funeral Directors, Basin, is in charge of arrangements.