Thursday, April 26, 2012

WTU Family Feels the Loss of Larry Yost

The WTU family lost one of our brightest lights last week, when Larry Yost, Nebraska field director, passed away after a battle with cancer.

Larry was only 46, far too young, and will be sincerely missed by everyone who knew him. His passing will be a real loss for Whitetails Unlimited.

If you never had the pleasure of meeting Larry, he was one of those quiet guys who got an amazing amount of work done, seeming without any effort. On one memorable occasion, the caterer for a banquet screwed up the date, and Larry realized that he had no meal for a sold-out banquet. It was a real nightmare situation, looking at 220 people who had paid for a dinner, which should be served in 20 minutes.

I’m reminded of the Kipling quote to his son, “If you can keep your wits about you while all others are losing theirs … then you will be a man.” Well, Larry was The Man. He got things organized, and in short order the crowd was enjoying a steak dinner, a little late, but Larry said there were no complaints. The most amazing part was that when I called Larry to ask about the banquet for a story, he said it was no big deal, and tried to put all the credit on everyone else. In reality, it was a great team effort that pulled success from the jaws of disaster, but without the calm, decisive leadership that Larry always projected, and the loyalty that he engendered, that banquet would have been a smoking disaster.

That story is on the WTU website

Larry is survived by his wife, Holly, and their five children: Drew and Dylan Yost, Jamie and Shea Lundeby, and Dalton Dunn, and his grandson, Corbin. He was passionate about hunting, fishing, and baseball with the boys and his friends, and he’s going to be missed by all of us.

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