DARREN DOUGLAS YATES
March 8, 1967 – February 21, 2021
It is with sadness and joy that we announce the passing of our brother and friend Darren Douglas Yates. Darren passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 21, 2021 at his home in Blairmore, Alberta. He was 53.
Darren was the youngest child of Reginald Allan Yates and Patricia Anne (Née: Jones). Reg and Anne emigrated from their home of Wales in 1966 settling in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Less than a year later they welcomed their third child, Darren Douglas into the world on March 8, 1967. Darren has the privilege of being known now and ever more as the first Yates ever to be born in our new adopted homeland of Canada. Debbie and Dean were thrilled to have a new brother and playmate. In search of new and better employment opportunities, Reg and Anne soon relocated their growing family to the Crowsnest Pass in 1972; Darren has been a resident of the Pass ever since.
Darren is survived by his children and grandchildren; as well as his sister Debbie Davis-Ward (Dean) of Coleman; and his brother Dean Yates (Derra) from Spruce Grove, Alberta. He has numerous nieces, nephews and extended family members in Canada as well as the UK.
As a boy Darren had a great love of animals, enjoying all of his dogs and ponies. He shared his love for his pets with all his friends. He loved playing hockey at the local rinks, as well as the streets in front of his home and when he could, he was known to play a modified version of the game inside the family “trailer” on the hallway floors. He was huge fan of Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins; he was known to drop everything to watch “Sid the Kid”! Later in life Darren enjoyed music, cars and great times with all of his friends.
Darren was a kind and gentle soul; he would give his last dime to help a friend in need. Darren struggled with his personal health, which burdened him and left him unable to enjoy many things later in life. He will be missed by many, but we are confident he is enjoying the company of his parents and family at this time. An intimate gathering will be held for him with his family prior to cremation.
In lieu of cards and flowers, the family has asked that a donation be made in Darren’s name to either the Alberta Mental Health Foundation (6th floor, 9942-108 Street, Edmonton, AlbertaT5K 2J5), or the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Alberta (P.O. Box 5738 Stn. South Cro, Beaumont, Alberta T4X 1L2). Condolences may be registered at www.fantinsfuneralchapel.ca.
Fantin’s Funeral Chapel entrusted with the arrangements. (403) 562-8555
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