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Well-wishers gather, give unique toast as Box Elder Co. Sheriff laid to rest

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Posted at 5:40 PM, Jan 10, 2015
and last updated 2015-01-10 19:40:44-05

BRIGHAM CITY – The man who served as Box Elder County's sheriff was laid to rest Saturday in Brigham City.

Lynn Yeates, who was a member of the sheriff’s office since 1975, died in his home Tuesday at the age of 68 after suffering a heart attack.

Yeates began his career as a crime lab technician and moved up the ranks until he was elected as sheriff in 2007.

Saturday, the procession drove from a meetinghouse of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and made its way to the cemetery, where Yeates was given a traditional tribute, along with a more personal one.

"If you didn't know Lynn he had a Mountain Dew with him all the time, and it was donated to come up here and have a toast of Mountain Dew at his funeral, which was a terrific tribute,” said Chief Deputy Kevin Potter, the acting sheriff for the sheriff’s office. “There was also hundreds more donated back at where we're going to have dinner tonight, so that's a nice thing they did."

Potter said Yeates was well loved and was one of a kind, and he said even though you can put someone new in charge, no one will ever be able to replace Lynn Yeates.