Obituary for Dana Andrew Yatta

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Dana Andrew Yatta

October 16, 1967 - October 4, 2017

Dana Andrew Yatta, 49, of Flinton, and formerly of Curwensville, passed away on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at UPMC Montefiore Hospital, Pittsburgh after a brief illness.

Born October 16, 1967 in Clearfield, he was the son of the late Dennis Yatta and Carol (Wilkinson) Eckley of Flinton.

On February 22, 1992, Dana married the former Tammie M. Romine who survives. He is also survived by his daughter Nichole Marie Yatta of State College, and sister Teresa Ann Yatta Sisk of Texas.

Dana grew up in Curwensville and was a member of the graduating class of 1987. He went on to proudly serve his country for 12 years in the Naval Branch of the Armed Forces. He later used the skills he had learned and became employed for more than ten years as a government contractor teaching others how to operate UAV’s (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) overseas.

He is survived by many aunts, uncles and cousins, and was preceded in death by his father, his stepfather, James Eckley and grandparents; Frank and Virginia Wilkinson, and Walter and Bertha Yatta.

A memorial service for Dana will be held on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at Curwensville Presbyterian Church with Gary Jewart officiating.

Family and friends will be received from 9:30 until the time of service at 10:30.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions may be made to PA Simple Cremation, 113 N. Third St., Clearfield, PA 16830.

PA Simple Cremation is assisting the family with arrangements.

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Tim posted on December 6, 2017

My deepest sympathy and condolences, Dana was a shipmate and a friend. Rest In Peace Dana.

MA1 Joel Simcoe USN (ret.) posted on December 6, 2017

I was stationed with Dana in VC-6 back in the early 90's. We deployed together and worked side by side. I am greatly saddened to hear of his passing and hope that his family finds solace in that he was an outstanding Sailor, amazing UAV pilot and good friend. RIP shipmate. Fair winds and following seas.

Kris Little posted on October 9, 2017

Teresa, Carol and the rest of Dana’s family - it was so saddening to hear of Dana’s passing. I am so sorry for your loss and am thinking of you during this difficult time.

Sherri Frye Singer posted on October 9, 2017

I'm so sorry for your lost you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Bill Rubbe posted on October 9, 2017

Carol, Theresa, and all the families of Dana. Our deepest sympathy to all of you at this very sad time. God Bless all of you. Sincerely The Bill Rubbe family

Bev White posted on October 8, 2017

My Deepest condolences on the passing of Dana. Not only as a neighbor but a friend also. My Thoughts and Prayers go out to his mother Carol,sister,wife,and daughter. I was so Proud of him growing up and serving our Country . May you all find Peace and Comfort at this time of loss. May God be with you also.

Lynette Brooks posted on October 8, 2017

It is very saddening for me to see the loss of a fellow classmate and someone I have always considered my friend... I grew up right up the street from Dana and was very close to his family.. I can't express how sorry I am for their loss... You are all in my thoughts and prayers... May God grant you all strength and peace... Love you guys.. God Bless you all..

Tanis posted on October 8, 2017

Carol and Teresa, you are in my thoughts and prayers. I am so sorry for your lost.

Jerry D Flick posted on October 8, 2017

It's with a heavy heart, the words fall short of expressing my sorrow for your loss. May your heart and soul find peace and comfort.

Christine Smith Zeigler posted on October 8, 2017

Prayers to family and friends so sorry for your loss. I was the Class of 1985


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