Hodges-Josberger Funeral Home

577 E. Elkcam Circle, Marco Island, FL


David Guy Yates

May 6, 1936June 10, 2020
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David Guy Yates, 84, passed into His Heavenly kingdom, Wednesday, June 10, 2020, suddenly, due to complications during surgery. He is survived by his loving wife, Deanna Bally Yates, Naples, FL; his son, Michael David Yates (Vanessa) of Skaneateles, NY; his daughter, Molly Yates Levy (Bart) of Conshohocken, PA; granddaughters, Zoe Lehr Yates, Phoebe Rene Yates, Mildred Emily Levy, Laura Karolina Levy, Nora McNeil Kszystyniak (Josh), Emily McNeil, grandson, John Colgan McNeil (Elizabeth); and his twin brother, Dickson Giles Yates of Lake Wales, FL. He was predeceased by his son Jeffrey Adam Yates, and his sister Marilyn Yates Nelson.

David was a graduate of Woodruff High School, 1954; BA University of Illinois, 1958; and earned an MBA from Syracuse University School of Business in 1987 while simultaneously serving as President of Crucible Service Centers Division of Crucible Materials Corporation which he created to market high speed and tool steels. Through expansion and acquisition it became the largest importer and distributor of these metals in North America. He was a co-valedictorian of his MBA class.

Following college graduation in 1958 Dave served in the Air National Guard and was called into active service in 1961 during the heightened tensions with the Soviet Union during the Cold War.

In 1959 he married Deanna Elaine Bally and moved to the Chicago area where they began a family, and he launched a 40 year career in the steel industry. Dave retired in 2001 as President of Crucible Materials Corporation in Syracuse, NY. Following retirement he went on to serve on the corporate Board of Directors for Crucible Materials as well as of Special Metals Corporation in Indiana. He also served on the board of the Metals Service Center Institute and was Vice President of the Manufacturers Association of Central New York.

As well as excelling in his professional career, Dave was heavily involved in volunteerism and sports. He served in leadership roles as President of the Lombard chapter of Jaycees, he was elected JCI Senator. While living in Skaneateles, NY, he served on the Library Board and on the Executive Board of the First Presbyterian Church. During his time as an executive of Crucible Steel in Syracuse he served the greater community on the boards of the Syracuse Symphony and the Boy Scouts of America, Syracuse; the Red Cross, Syracuse; and the United Way, Syracuse. While living in Skaneateles he enjoyed golfing and sailing at Skaneateles Country Club where he was a member for 30+ years.

Following his retirement he and Deanna moved to Naples, FL where he continued to enjoy golf at Fiddlers Creek Golf Club and the Members Club at Marco Island. At the time of his passing he was Vice President of his homeowners association as well as former President. He was heavily involved in the activities of the United Church of Marco Island where he served in many capacities among them, Moderator, President of the Executive Board, and at any one time Chairman of nearly every committee. He also sang base in the church choir. He will be missed!

David’s favorite role, however, was that of father and grandfather. He loved being with his family; boating, water skiing, and sailing on beautiful Skaneateles Lake; snow skiing in Vermont; croquet in the back yard; BBQs, bonfires, all holidays and weddings. All family occasions, large or small, brought a smile to his face.

Donations in lieu of flowers can be made in his name to the worthy missions of the United Church of Marco Island, two of which are Our Daily Bread (MI food pantry) and Habitat for Humanity. The address is 320 N. Barfield Dr., Marco Island, FL.

Interment will be in Skaneateles, NY in Lake View Cemetery on July 6, 2020 preceded by a private service at the First Presbyterian Church. Friends may express their condolences from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Sunday, July 5 at the Robert D. Grey Funeral Home, 49 Jordan St., Skaneateles, NY 13152. A Celebration of Life will be planned for David at United Church of Marco Island in October.


5 July

Friends May Express Their Condolences

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Robert D. Grey Funeral Home

49 Jordan Street
Skaneateles, NY 13152

6 July

A Private Family Service Will Be Held Followed by Interment

First Presbyterian Church

Skaneateles, NY


  • A Celebration of Life Service Will Be Held in October at United Church of Marco Island


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Victoria Ward

July 3, 2020

Sending heartfelt condolences to Deanna and family for the sudden loss of David! Memories of him always bring a smile to my face as he was so full of energy, vibrancy and true concern for those around him. David was a role model to many touching their hearts forever. He embraced our family with open arms and so appreciative that he became my nieces and nephew's Gramps! His ability to make all feel so special is so admirable and we will truly miss him!

Love and Special Blessings,
Victoria, Mike, Elise, Gregory, Jemma, Amelia and Madeline Ward

Lyn and Norb Kaiser

July 2, 2020

Dave was a wonderful friend. He and Deanna were always ready to try something new. We convinced them to try Kayaking at the Rookery Conservatory. It was a great day, sunny but windy so going out was fine, back home a little more difficult. Our fond memories were kept alive for several days by our sore muscles. Dave was alway getting the group together for fishing, golf, parties and many fun activities. We will miss "Yummy". He always had a smile on his face and a positive attitude. It was always fun to spend time with Dave and Deanna.

Lyn and Norb


June 30, 2020

I was fortunate to be hired into Crucible in 1987 just a few years after the start of the Syracuse headquartered Crucible Materials Corporation. It was Vinnie and John and Frank and David, and Gene and Harvey and Jim Stevens. They were young, (relatively), confident and very smart. When I think of David he was first and foremost a gentleman. He commanded respect from hundreds of hard and hard working steel men and women and he was simultaneously polite, courteous and thoughtful. I don’t recall ever hearing him speak harshly to anyone, at least not in front of others. And he welcomed everyone with an appreciative smile and a genuine interest in how you were and how the company was treating you. In the 1990’s he put together a team and created the Crucible Service Center Division headquartered in Camillus to better serve Crucible’s mill customers. He and his team dramatically and positively changed the company to a customer centric business. Writing this I’m startled by how long ago that was. David was a key member of a very influential group of men trying to do what was best for their employees and for their community. They put their heart and soul into it. And I am grateful I was there to see it.

Steve Mcguire

June 27, 2020

My father had a saying that fit Dave to a tee. He was a mans man. That thought entered my mind when I first met Dave. There absolutely nothing phony about him. I sat on our homeowners board with Dave and enjoyed his enthusiasm for our community. Playing golf with him was a delight. Always a smile. I will remember him fondly going forward.

Steve and Pam McGuire.

Paul Cowley

June 26, 2020

David Yates,
A finer fellow you’ll never meet. Always, always, had a big simile for you! We could all learn from Dave’s example.
I miss him already.

His friend,

Paul Cowley

Patti Carey

June 26, 2020

Sending condolences to Deanna and family. I always enjoyed seeing you both in Skaneateles David was a treasured member of our community.

Dennis Nowack

June 22, 2020

David was a true leader in every sense of the words. He led by example working hard and diligently in everything that he attempted. He cared about the people around him as he guided and counseled them to to their best. He loved his family in every way and he was very proud of each one. He was a man of the community who respected all he met. It was my honor to know him as a friend and as a "boss". He taught me many things in business and in life for which I am indeed very grateful. He will be missed by many including me. Rest in peace my friend.

Iris Hough

June 22, 2020

Sending our Deepest Condolences to Deanna, Molly, Mike and Family. Mr. Yates was such an active, vibrant man, we were so shocked to hear the sad news. Our hearts and thoughts go out to you. May cherished memories bring you peace and comfort...The Houghs

Paul Carlucci

June 21, 2020

I had the honor of working under Dave at Crucible as he was our President during my tenure there. He was always so gracious to me and I wanted to honor his memory.

Respectfully in Christ

Janet Prince

June 21, 2020

There was no greater neighbor than Dave. He was kind and caring and always there to help us. We moved next door to Deanna and Dave in Naples a few years ago. Having them as neighbors was always a source of comfort for us. The sadness of Dave's sudden passing is overwhelming. We will miss our friend dearly. Our love and support are with Deanna. Janet & Bob Prince.