Friends of the University

Robert B. Younts Jr. ’63, J.D. ’68 was born in Washington, raised in Northern California, and graduated from Serra High School. After graduating from SCU, he joined the U.S. Army, where he was stationed in Germany as a lieutenant and member of the 7th U.S. Calvary. Robert was very proud of his duties in the Army, and his family shares many fond memories of the stories he told of his time spent there. He even made two trips back to Germany to visit the base and the friends who still reside there. Following his service in the Army, he returned to his alma mater and graduated from the Santa Clara School of Law. His successful private law practice in Santa Cruz led him to an appointment as a Superior Court judge in Santa Cruz County for more than 16 years. Robert leaves many dear friends and colleagues who will miss his leadership and generousness. Upon his retirement from the bench, he remained involved in numerous civic activities and organizations, including JAMS, CASA, and the Santa Cruz Rotary Club. He was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Capitola and enjoyed traveling with family and friends to various places, including fishing trips to Alaska and baseball spring training in Arizona. Robert died on April 9, 2015. He was preceded in death by his son by marriage, Geir Olsen, in 2009. He is survived by his wife, Bjorg Yonts of Soquel, his daughter Melissa Yonts George (children Jessica, Timothy, and Christina), his sons, Christopher Yonts (children William and Emily) and Robert B. Yonts III, and his brother, John Yonts, as well as his children by marriage: Carole White, Rebecca Brown, John Bridges, Mike Bridges, Lisa Rowe, and David Bridges, as well as 40 grandchildren and great-grandchildren and his cat, Contessa. 

08 Nov 2018