Valentin ‘Yogi’ Ybarra

Valentin “Yogi” Villarreal Ybarra, 86, of Las Vegas, was notified to report to heaven on July 15, 2014 to be with his true commander-in-chief, his savior and our heavenly father in heaven. He was born on Aug. 5, 1927, to Maria and Porfirio Ybarra, in Uvalde, Texas. He was the oldest of three siblings. Valentin begin his military career when he was drafted into the US Army in 1946, and continue to serve until his retirement from the U. S. Army as a Drill Sargent at Fort Ord, CA. in May 1971. During his tenure in the Army, he served with the 58th Signal Battalion in Berlin, Germany as part of the army occupation following WWII, the Korean War conflict as an Infantry man, and during the Vietnam War 1964-65 and 1969-1970 as an Infantry Platoon Sergeant with the 82nd Airborne Division, 1st Infantry Division (Big Red One), and the 101st Airborne Division. His inspiration and love of his country led to seven of his son’s to join and serve the country he loved with honor. Valentin married Julia Duran Torres on July 17, 1947. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Valentin will never be forgotten by his friends he met on his journey in life, relatives, and immediate family. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 66 years Julia Torres and ten children: Valentin (Diana) Ybarra of Las Vegas, Nevada: Antonio (Sandy) Ybarra of Murrieta, California.; Arnulfo (Linda) Ybarra of Waukee, Iowa; Santiago (Donna) Ybarra of Garden Grove, California.; Robert Ybarra of Death Valley, California.; Annette Preble of Waco, Texas; Roy (Hyesong) of Hope Mills, North Carolina; Jesse (Rae Ana) of Frisco, Texas; Julia (Logan) Heckathorn of Las Vegas, Nevada; David (Elizabeth) Ybarra of Las Vegas, Nevaa; and half-brother Jose Ybarra, Converse, Texas. Half-sisters Aurelia, Refugia, Theresa, and Mary Rosario Ybarra of Texas. He is also survived by 28 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Porfirio Maltos Ybarra and Maria Inez Villarreal, a daughter Margaret Torres Ybarra, brother Porfirio (Pilo) Ybarra, and sister Herlinda Ybarra Lopez, and half-sister Estella Ybarra. He will be missed by his family but his memory will always be remembered by everyone who knew and came to know him. “Good-bye Platoon Sargent Valentin V. Ybarra, until we meet again. Rest in peace, daddy, you earned it” Military services will be held Aug. 8, 2014 at 2 p.m. at the Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 1900 Veterans Memorial Drive, Boulder City, Nevada. Burial following service. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made in behalf of the Ybarra Family to the Wounded Warriors of America. THE PRECEDING IS A PAID OBITUARY.
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