William Dwayne (Bud) Yeaman
On a wintery January 18, 1932, William Dwayne Yeaman arrived as the first child born to Idella Michaelson
Yeaman and William Erwin Yeaman of Afton. In order to distinguish between father and son, he was nicknamed
“Buddy”, which was later shortened to “Bud”. Most people knew him by that name.
The family lived mostly in Afton, but he also lived in New Mexico and Salt Lake. He spent most of his youth in Star Valley,
and graduated from Star Valley High School in May of 1950. He was on the boxing team in high school and later boxed
in the Golden Gloves circuit.
After graduation, he worked for the Wyoming Game and Fish, building elk fence in the Pinedale and Alpine
areas. Fall came, and he enrolled in Utah State (then called USAC). He worked at Hill Air Force Base for the spring and
summer of 1951.
July 12, 1951 he married Margaret Louise Harmon. Four children came from this union: Shauna, Alan, Dena, and
In December, 1960, Bud was off to California to look for work. He landed a computer job (systems analyst) at
Lockheed in San Jose, California in May of 1961, and the family packed up and moved. This was when computers took
up entire rooms and they spit out their information on cards with rectangular holes punched in them. This was the
beginning of The Silicon Valley! For a few years, he would go back to Star Valley to help his dad with the hunting camp,
and bring back our meat for the winter. His dad passed away in June, 1964.
He was a hunter, pilot, bowler, welder, inventor, business owner, and rancher. If he couldn’t find the exact item
he wanted, he would build one. He could fix just about anything.
After retiring, he decided to become a rancher. He would spend the winters in Arizona and the summers in Star
Valley. He still spent summers in Star Valley after turning the ranching over to family members. He left this earth on
February 4, 2023.
. Proceeded in death by his parents and two brothers, Dee and Jerry, he is survived by his Sister, Mary Ellen
Schooley, children Shauna Kuykendall, Alan Yeaman, Dena Aguilar, and Connie Clines, 14 grandchildren, and 46 great-
grandchildren, and long-time friend, Gladys Otsuki.
No services will be held.