Born in San Saba, Yates was a rancher, Gold Card holder in the PRCA., and a prominent name in the calf roping standing in the 1950’s. Yates set a money-won record in that event at the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo that stood for several years. He was also a talented steer roper and spent a lifetime helping people achieve the things they loved most in life.
He credited rodeo’s most important benefit to be the friends he made and the good times he shared with them. Many of those friendships lasted his entire life, and he is still remembered fondly by all who loved and admired him.