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100 North Main Street
Massena, NY 13662
Phone: (315) 769-3579
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David Yateman

David G. Yateman

Sunday, March 1st, 1931 - Thursday, February 4th, 2021
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MASSENA – David G. Yateman, 89, a longtime resident of Randall Drive, passed away Thursday morning, February 4, 2021at Massena Rehabilitation and Nursing Center after a lengthy illness.

David was born on March 1, 1931 in Massena, the son of the late Delbert and Blanche (Somers) Yateman. He attended Massena Schools and proudly served his country in the US Army from 1948 until his honorable discharge in 1954. On November 3, 1958, he married Marlene E. Green in Beekmantown.

David was a police officer with the Village of Massena for 10 years before starting Reynolds Metals where he was a security officer. David enjoyed doing woodworking, hunting, reading and watching western movies and television shows.

David is survived by his wife of 62 years, Marlene; his sons, Gregory and Mary Jo of Massena; Mark of Henderson, Nevada; his grandchildren, Devon, Sarah, and Lia Yateman; his step-granddaughter, Rondee Peterson; his chosen granddaughters, Ashley and Lindsey Dodge; his grandson, Gage Yateman; his step-great granddaughter, Riley and Remy Fehr; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by an infant brother, Robert in 1929; and two sisters, Betty Wilkins on November 9, 2014 and Phyllis White on June 26, 2006.

Friends may call Monday 6-8:00 PM at the Donaldson Funeral Home, Massena. Funeral services will be held privately. Burial will be in Massena Center Cemetery at the convenience of the family. Please note that visitation will be occupancy controlled with those attending required to observe social distancing and wear face coverings. If occupancy limitations are reached, those attending may have to wait outside until occupancy has been reduced.

Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to the Massena Rehabilitation and Nursing Center Activities Fund or the American Alzheimer’s Association.
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  • Visitation

    Monday, February 8th, 2021 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Monday, February 8th, 2021 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Donaldson Funeral Home
    100 North Main Street
    MASSENA, NY 13662
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    Please note that visitation will be occupancy controlled with those attending required to observe social distancing and wear face coverings. If occupancy limitations are reached, those attending may have to wait outside until occupancy has been reduced.
  • Interment

    Massena Center Cemetery
    County Route 42
    MASSENA, NY 13662
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Posted at 01:41pm
Aunt Marlene, Greg, and Mark, we are so very sorry for your loss. Uncle David's wonderful smile, sense of humor, and loving personality will live on in so many of our hearts. Our thoughts and prayers are with each one of you during this difficult time.
He will be deeply missed, yet never forgotten.
Love, Pam, Kim, and Sandy

Rod and Sandy Morrill

Posted at 11:14am
Marlene and family,
Our deepest sympathy is extended to you in the passing of David as we know how great your loss is.
How we wish your last few years together could have been healthy ones.
You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Keeping you close in our hearts.

Rod and Sandy Morrill


Karen Ouimet-Horan

Posted at 08:17am
Marlene and family, I am so very sorry about the passing of David, my thoughts and prayers are with you.

Brooke Mitchell

Posted at 10:01am
Marlene, Greg, and the entire Yateman Family, we are heartbroken to hear of David’s passing. He was one of the kindest, toughest, most caring men that we have ever had the privilege to care for and get to know over the past few years. He will always be in our hearts as the feisty man who wasn’t going down without a good fight and the man who cared for those closest to him. We will never forget the moments we’ve shared with him and the moments we’ve seen him light up at your presence. David was a very loved man and all our condolences go out to you. Love Sandra McGregor and Brooke Mitchell.

gordon drummond

Posted at 11:45am
Marlene , Gregg, and Mark- We want to send to you and all of the Yateman family our heartfelt condolences and sympathy for the loss of Dave . I remember him and Marlene visiting us at the farm in Depeyster and also remember his great sense of humor and keeping every one smiling. We love you all and wish you well in the future. Gordon & Cheryl Drummond Florida

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