David Yarlott, Sr., 89, passed away peacefully on Thursday, June 17, 2021. He was born on April 30, 1932, the youngest child of Charles and Lena (Old Bear) Yarlott. He grew up in the Benteen and Crow Agency areas.
He was born with a cleft palate that required many surgeries to correct. This put him far behind his peers in school and he quit school after the 8th grade and went to work. His lack of formal schooling did not dim his intellect nor his ability and his interest in continuing to learn. For most of his adult life, reading the newspaper and various magazines was part of his daily routine, but the book he read the most was the Holy Book, his King James Version Bible. His early challenges also instilled in him the will to never give up.
He was a Military Policeman while in the Army and had the opportunity to guard prominent politicians and movie stars. However, his greatest privilege and honor during his military service was meeting the woman who would become his wife, Jae Bok Kim, while stationed in Korea. He was so smitten by her that he married her three times to prove to the military that they actually were serious about getting married. They were married 62 years when she passed in July 2017, and he missed her every day after her passing. They are together again at last.
After returning home from the Army in 1962 with Jae Bok, David worked for various employers over the course of the years, including farms and ranches on the Crow Reservation, Yellowtail Dam construction, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Holly Sugar Corporation, Big Horn Carpet Mill, the Crow Tribe, the City of Hardin, and the Indian Health Service, from which he retired.
His greatest enjoyment came from time with family camping, fishing and hunting. Many spring, summer and fall weekends and holidays would find the entire family camped in the Big Horn or Wolf Mountains where he spent much of his youth. As his children had children of their own, he shared these joys with them as well. He and Jae Bok instilled in their children and grandchildren to be humble and to never think they were better than others. David also set an example for his sons on how to treat women.
David was preceded in death by his wife, Jae Bok; parents, Charles and Lena; brothers, Jack, Eugene, Elmer and Victor; sisters, Lucy, Elsie and Rosaline; grandchildren, Dustin Anthony Jefferson and Summer Alanis Yarlott; and special nephews, Ronnie Stewart and Charles “Bunny” Wilson. He is survived by sons, David Jr. (Beth), Gene (Gayle), and Curtis (Sally) Yarlott; daughters, Charlotte Jefferson and Charlene (Mark) Johnson; a grandson whom they raised, David Yarlott III; nine grandchildren; seven great-children; and numerous extended family relatives and adopted sons and daughters. Please forgive us if we have forgotten anyone.
A Celebration of Life service will take place on Monday, June 21, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. at the Spirit of Life Foursquare Church in Crow Agency. Due to ongoing COVID-19 considerations, the family asks anyone who has been exposed, is feeling sick, or has any symptoms associated with COVID-19 to NOT attend indoor services including the viewing and funeral service. We will understand and appreciate that you have chosen to further demonstrate your love for family in this way. Interment will follow at the Hardin Fairview Cemetery. Bullis Mortuary has been entrusted with the arrangements.
Bullis Mortuary is entrusted with the arrangements.