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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Long Time Marianna Businessman, G.D. Yon Dies

Community has lost a fine citizen and leader
By Sid Riley
"Who will we call now when we have a problem?" That is a question many property owners in Jackson County are asking. For the past thirty-six years, when most people had a problem with their septic systems… was G.D. Yon that they turned to for help. He always responded to their calls quickly, bringing the necessary equipment and knowledge….and always bringing a big smile and friendly, caring attitude.
G.D. was traditionally active in school athletic programs, and was always one of those fathers rooting vigorously for his children as they competed. He could be counted on to provide support, personally and financially for community activities. G.D. was a certified referee, frequently refereeing area basketball games.
G.D. was a graduate of Cottondale High School. After graduation, he went to work for the local Coca Cola Bottling plant, then Florida Public Utilities as a linesman. He suffered a severe electrical shock in an accident while at work, and had to be rushed to Tallahassee Memorial for treatment. As bad as this event might have seemed, it ended up being a blessing. for the rest of his life…while convalescing at the hospital he met a young nurse named Francis Grubbs, who he married in 1964, and loved for the next forty five years. They had two daughters, Lyn and DeAnne.
In 1973 he opened Yon’s Septic Tanks, which served the citizens of our area for the next thirty six years. Will Speights started working for him the first day they were open for business, and continued to work with G.D. every day for the next 36 years. Jackson County will miss G.D. Yon. May God bless him.

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