In Memory

Marvin Jack Yates, Jr

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05/03/15 10:25 PM #1    

James Curtis White

Marvin Jack Yates, Jr


Marvin Jack Yates, Jr

1947 - 2013 
Marvin Jack Yates,  Jr Obituary
ODESSA Marvin Jack Yates, Jr., age 66, of Odessa, passed from this life on Friday, November 8, 2013, at Medical Center Hospital.

He was born in Odessa on January 18, 1947, to Marvin Jack Yates, Sr. and Joyce Louise (Robinette) Yates.

Jack was a 1965 graduate of Odessa High School, a 1969 graduate of Texas Christian University with a bachelor's degree in psychology, a 1972 graduate of TCU with a master's degree in divinity and a 1973 graduate of TCU with a master's in psychology and human behavior. He did his residency at Parkland Hospital in Dallas and served as staff psychotherapist for the Pastoral Counseling and Education Center in Dallas. His illustrious career included twenty-six years in the city of Garland, as a Fire and Arson Investigator and developer and coordinator of the Juvenile Firesetter Program. Moving to Rockwall, he continued to work in the police and fire departments, serving as Fire Marshal, Fire and Arson Investigator, Plan Review Fire Suppression Systems, and Fire Code Enforcement. In 2002 to 2005, he was a construction supervisor for Habitat for Humanity. Jack retired as a reverend from the First Christian Church of Garland.

Jack is survived by his wife of four years: Debbie (Hill) Yates of Odessa; three sons: Dusty Alford of Odessa, Tim Yates of Dallas, and Chris Yates of Mansfield; and four grandchildren: Dena, Rachel, Matthew, and Cole.

Memorial services will be 2:00 pm Wednesday, November 13, 2013, at First Christian Church, officiated by Rev. Norman Stolpe. Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel and Crematory.

Condolences may be sent to the family online at
Published in Odessa American on Nov. 13, 2013

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05/23/15 08:47 AM #2    

Madelyn Carol Cochran (Farmer)

'jackie' and i played together when our mothers were in the odessa mothers club. one time, one time when we were about 5, while the ladies were inside talking, a bunch of us were in the back yard playing pirate with our picnic table as the ship and the basketball goal post as the mast. we made jackie 'walk the plank' and he fell or jumped off the fence (8 feet high cinder block with the top row on their sides so we could have 'portholes'). he didn't get hurt, but he could have, so from then on we put our captives below decks under the table. i seem to recall that james mclelland and my sister virginia were also in that group. and just think - we survived to reproduce! LOLOLOLOL

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