Jae Bok ͞Kim͟ Yarlott was born Kim Jae Bok in Seoul, South Korea, on December 6, 1929,
the first-born daughter of her father, Kim Tae Whan, and her mother, Chung Kun Sim. She
peacefully left this world on Wednesday, July 5, 2017, at home with her family around her.
Jae Bok worked on military bases in the area of Seoul during the Korean conflict and it is
there that she met David Yarlott, Sr. in 1956. They soon fell in love and, as David, Sr. likes to tell
it, she became not only his 1st, but also his 2nd and 3rd wife because they had to go through
three marriage ceremonies in order to prove to the U.S. Military that they were serious about
being married. Only her passing would separate them more than 60 years later.
Shortly after being married, she attained the rank of 5-star General over her household and
family: A post that she would hold for the next 60+ years. David, Sr. claims that he had to
salute her whenever she told him to do something. Into this marriage were born five children:
David ͞Chung Su͟ (Beth) Yarlott, Jr., Eugene (Gayle) Yarlott, Curtis (Sally) Yarlott, and twins,
Charlene (Mark) Johnson and Charlotte Jefferson. Jae Bok and David, Sr. also raised a
grandson, David (Jessica) Yarlott III, as their own child.
Arriving on the Crow Indian Reservation in 1962 when the vast majority of tribal members
spoke the language, Jae Bok learned the Crow Indian Language. This delighted many over the
years and surprised a few when she would speak Crow to them.
Jae Bok provided babysitting in her home for a number of years. Many of the children
whom she babysat came in as infants and stayed until they started school so they thought of
her as a second mom and to this day consider Jae Bok’s children as their siblings and vice versa.
Jae Bok worked for many years as a cook at the Chuckwagon Café in Hardin. She later worked
as a cook at the Crow Agency Public School until her retirement.
Jae Bok was preceded in death by her grandchildren, Dustin Anthony Jefferson and Summer
Alanis Yarlott, and by daughter-in-law, Debbie Howe Yarlott. She is survived by her husband,
David Yarlott Sr., her children, grandchildren and several great-grandchildren on the U.S. side
and by sister, Chae Suki, and her children and grandchildren in South Korea. She also
considered the many relatives of her husband as her family.
The family wishes to extend special thanks to Lucy Nomee Gun Shows, Crystal Ellingson, and
Linda Edwards for their caring assistance at home; Dr. David Mark, Dr. Bella Gentry and Heather
Bear Cloud of Bighorn Valley Health Center; and to Public Health Nurse, Esther Wynne-Wilson,
for the excellent medical care.
Funeral services are scheduled for 11:00 a.m., Saturday, July 8, 2017, at the Spirit of Life
Four-Square Church in Crow Agency with interment to follow at the Hardin Fairview Cemetery.
Bullis Mortuary has been entrusted with the arrangements.