Howard Yanish



Howard Earl Yanish, 85, passed away from a heart attack on Oct. 29, 2021, doing what he loved, trimming trees at his new home in Oklahoma City.

Howard was born Dec.12, 1935, in Yosemite National Park to Walter Howard Yanish and Evelyn Cora McCoy. When Howard was two years old, his father was killed in a fishing accident in the Bay Area and his mother moved outside of the park to Mariposa, Calif., where he was raised on a ranch.

Howard was preceded in death by his father, Walter Howard Yanish, mother, Evelyn Cora McCoy, Robert Ringrose (brother), and Nancy Yanish Davies (sister). He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Marcia Ann Yanish, two daughters, Jeanean ( Jere) Yanish Jones, Shelley (Yanish) Paul, five grandchildren, Brigitte, Drew, Jessica Paul, Min Jung and Tae-eun Kwak.

A beloved husband, Dad, grandpa and friend, Howard loved the outdoors, helping others, staying active and doing projects around his home, for his family and community.

As a U.S. Navy Veteran, Park Ranger, EMT and Firefighter, Howard had a life of service, and saved many lives.



At 20 years old, Howard enlisted into the Navy Seabees as a Diesel Mechanic. He spent four years in active duty and four years in reserve with honorable discharge in 1963. In 1959, he moved back to Mariposa and began his career for the National Park Service by working in Yosemite National Park as a Forestry Worker and later Law Enforcement Park Ranger.

On May 14, 1971, Howard married Marcia Cunningham in Yosemite where two daughters were later born. In 1974, he transferred to Delaware Water Gap NRA, Pennsylvania and in 1976, he transferred to Kalaloch in Olympic National Park, Washington, and later to the Hoh Ranger Station. In 1984, he was promoted to West District Ranger of Olympic National Park and his family moved to Forks, Washington.

After his 38-year career with the National Park Service, he worked five summers as an Engine Foreman for the Department of Natural Resources.

While in Forks, Howard volunteered on the Ambulance Corps, taught Advanced First Aid, was a Red Cross Representative for the West End, Ham Radio operator and radio installer for the hospital and city hall, volunteer fireman for Clallam County Fire Department in Forks and Beaver and led logging tours for the Chamber of Commerce for 10 years.

Howard loved the outdoors, the Forks community and had many friends. He loved playing poker with the guys and made quite a spread when it was his turn to host. Howard was well known for his smile, humbleness and his fantastic apple pie and famous enchiladas. He was a wonderful gardener and woodworker. He loved puttering in the yard, in his workshop, and cutting firewood. His woodshed was always full! Nothing brought him more joy than having his wife, daughters and grandkids around!

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