Jesus Yanez Sr., 52, of Sunnyside passed away Friday, Dec. 12, 2008, at Kadlec Medical Center surrounded by his family.

He was born Nov. 29, 1956 in Toppenish to Cresencio and Concepcion (Saenz) Yanez. He was raised and received his education in Sunnyside. In 1975 he married Martha Saldana of Grandview and they made their home in the Lower Valley. Although they separated, they remained close friends.

He was known to most as the "jack-of-all-trades". He grew up like most Hispanics in our area, as a farm worker, although he had much ambition for other things. For most of his life he spent his time driving semi-trucks and as a diesel mechanic for Sun Haven Farms. He enjoyed learning how things worked and operated, side by side with his brother, Chris, and his brother-in-laws, Max and Marcos, they began tinkering on each other's cars. Most of the time it was just to make sure the cars were still running correctly. They also developed their knowledge of all different areas of carpentry. Nevertheless, it was time spent and many lessons learned. He enjoyed selling snow cones, "Yanez Snow Cones", in Sunnyside and Grandview. Most of all, he cherished the time he spent with his grandchildren and going on spur of the moment trips.

He is survived by his wife, Martha Yanez of Sunnyside; four sons, Jesus Yanez Jr. (Jessica) and Marcos Yanez Sr. (Nicole) all of Kent, Jason Yanez (Shannon) of Federal Way and Johnathan Yanez (Maria) of Sunnyside; two daughters, Krysma Vargas and Isela Torres, both of Seattle; his partner of six years, Elena Morales; twelve grandchildren, Marcos Yanez Jr., Mercedes M. Yanez, Jesus Yanez III, Amanda R. Yanez, Elfonso R. Yanez, Elisia S. Yanez, Anahi Yanez Moralez, Bradee K. Yanez, Jason A. Yanez, Anny Yanez, Haliyha Yanez and Alison Yanez; his mother, Concepcion Yanez; four brothers, Cresencio Yanez Jr., Henny Yanez, Ezra Yanez (Nena) and Moses Yanez (Rose); four sisters, Janie Sanchez (Tony), Esmeralda Yanez, Connie Rodriguez and Florinda Barajas (Jose), and numerous nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his oldest grandchildren's mothers, Norma Gallegos and Sophia Sanchez.

He was preceded in death by his father, Cresencio F. Yanez (The Snow Cone Man) and a son, Yanez Yanez.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held today, Dec. 15, 2008, with burial at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens in Sunnyside.

Those wishing to share their memories or sign Jesus' on-line memorial book may do so at

Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside is in charge of arrangements.


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