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Remembering Corby Yates

Blues guitar virtusoso Corby Yates will be remembered Saturday by this family, friends and fans.

Yates was a guitar sensation who came out of the Shaver Lake area to win acclaim from the guitar world as a teenager, including winning the national Jimi Hendrix guitar competition when he still in high school. As he got older, Yates struggled with mental illness and in September, at age 31, he took his own life. The news triggered much shock and sadness around the local music community, including a lot here on The Beehive.

Many people have asked me when there’d be a proper tribute to Yates. His parents have organized one, happening Saturday at 1 p.m. in the  Sierra High School cafeteria, where Yates went to school. His talent show performances are still gushed about by his classmates. His family and friends are inviting anyone to come and share their stories about Corby.

In lieu of flowers and gifts, the family asks that donations be made in Yates’ remembrance to the Shalom Free Clinic (1190 E. First Ave, Chico, 95926) or NAMI Fresno (7545 N. Del Mar #105, Fresno, 93711). Sierra High School is at 33326 Lodge Road in Tollhouse.

Responses to "Remembering Corby Yates"

Stephen says:

I cannot thank the family enough for insisting and endorsing donations to the Shalom Free Clinic and NAMI Fresno. Both organizations are doing yeoman’s work on very little funding – every penny really does count. Mental health sufferers face horrible stigma and when they need help, often find themselves in jail rather than in a proper facility where medications can be monitored closely.

Whenever police are called out and they check whether the person has been recently released from a mental health facility, they often just gear up for a big fight, rather than working alongside the illness outbreak and properly placing the suffering person.

Thanks so very much for turning a horrible tragic result of illness into a positive for other sufferers.

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