[ SHOWGSD-L ] John Yates

  • From: "pmick12" <pmick12@xxxxxxxxxxx>
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  • Date: Thu, 17 Sep 2009 00:20:16 -0400

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We lost John Yates yesterday, September 15, 2009 (American Sporting Dogs 
Alliance) at the age of 60 years young. He passed while in surgery to remove 
a cancerous lung. Recently he confided in friends that he did not want to be 
debilitated by just having one lung, and had a premonition that he might not 
be returning home from the hospital. He leaves behind Donna, his wife of 24 
years.


John was a newspaper reporter and an editor for many years and excelled in 
investigative reporting. He lived in an unpopulated area of Pennsylvania 
with his wife Donna, where he worked his dogs (he had a special breeding 
program for field trial English Setters under the Eaglerock Kennels name). 
He also maintained a hybridizing program for fancy day lilies, and had over 
15,000 of them planted in his fields. John once told a friend that he bred 
both day lilies and dogs to make the world a more beautiful place. A man 
truly talented in diverse ways, he was a published poet and author, and 
during his youth even played in a touring blues band. He relished life in 
the out-of-doors, spending two years before his marriage in a remote region 
in Alaska, and then, just after his marriage, several years on a ranch in a 
wild corner of Montana.

John loved dogs, loved the people who were willing to understand how bad 
government regulations and animal radicals stances were and are...and was a 
voice which at times was loud and abrasive but always spoke for the same 
end, the safekeeping of animal ownership. No one loved his dogs more, or 
could understand any dog better than he; and there did not exist a dog in 
the world that would not be his best friend upon first meeting. His great 
love for dogs - and the people who owned them - were the impetus for his 
founding of the American Sporting Dog Alliance, a proud voice for the dog 
owning community.

John was always willing to answer questions and gave his advice generously. 
A friend of John's said when hearing of his death said that she realized 
`how many questions she had yet to ask him that will always now remain 
unspoken.' I think we will all sadly realize just that in the coming months 
and years.

After losing Walter Bebout on Saturday (he retired in November from 2 1/2 
years as the AKC Director of Canine Legislation ) in a traffic accident on 
his way to judge the BIS at a Kansas show, John Yates's passing is a double 
blow for the dog world.


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