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James Ybarra Yanes

September 8, 1945 - August 21, 2014

James (Sonny) Ybarra Yanes, age 68, died

at University Medical Center in Tucson,

AZ, on Thursday, August 21, 2014.

Born September 8, 1945 in Douglas, AZ

lived in New Mexico, Utah, Colorado and

California before retiring in Tucson, AZ.

Sonny is survived by his wife Jean, two children: Dr. James

(Maureen) Yanes of…read more

James (Sonny) Ybarra Yanes, age 68, died

at University Medical Center in Tucson,

AZ, on Thursday, August 21, 2014.

Born September 8, 1945 in Douglas, AZ

lived in New Mexico, Utah, Colorado and

California before retiring in Tucson, AZ.

Sonny is survived by his wife Jean, two children: Dr. James

(Maureen) Yanes of Olympia, WA and Jeanine (Jason) Nunamaker

of Torrance, CA., he also leaves behind five grandchildren, Sarah

Yanes, Laura Yanes, Jude Yanes, Chloe Nunamaker and Reese

Nunamaker.

He grew up in Torrance, the only son of Guadalupe Andrade

Ybarra and Leroy Gene Smith.

Sonny is a veteran of the Vietnam war, where he earned several

medals including: Vietnam Service Medal with 4 Bronze Service

Stars, Good Conduct Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign

Medal, Gallantry Cross with Palm Unit Citation Badge and Purple

Heart to name a few. He served two years as a sergeant 1st

Infantry in the US Army. He was wounded twice during his

deployment and received other commendation for his bravery,

courage and dedication.

The discipline and patriotism he learned in the Army never left

him, as friends and family will attest.

Sonny attended Torrance High, í64 and Cal State Long Beach and was dedicated to the school and his alumni. After returning from Vietnam, Sonny completed his schooling then went on to work at Toyota Motor Sales USA for over 30 years from October 1969 until January 2000. It was there, that he held many positions starting from the warehouse to the Long Beach Port and finally holding other management positions of Toyota and Lexus.

On top of being a dedicated employee to Toyota, he dedicated

his time to the Redondo Beach Police Department as a Reserve

Police Officer for over 20 years.

Sonny was a loyal, hardworking, brave, compassionate, caring,

courageous, full of live person. He loved his country as much as

his family and friends.

His celebration of life will be held with a rosary on Friday, August 29, 2014 at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, Lomita, CA at 7:00 pm. The Funeral Mass will follow on Saturday, August 30, 2014 at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, Lomita, CA at 9:30 am, with the burial to follow at Green Hills Cemetery,Rancho Palos Verdes, CA.

In lieu of flowers the family request donations to be made to

Dolores Mission Church, East LA; American Heart Association,

American Diabetics Association; or the Wounded War Project.

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