Mr. Arthur Bernard Yorba

  • Born: July 26, 1920
  • Died: October 2, 2012
  • Location: Desert Hot Springs, California

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Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240
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Tribute & Message From The Family

Arthur Bernard Yorba passed way peacefully in his home, surrounded by his loved ones on October 2, 2012, at the age of 92. Arthur was born in Placentia, CA on July 26, 1920; and is preceded in death by his wife Emma, his parents Trinidad and Esperanza and 8 siblings. Arthur served his country in the United States Army during WWII and was awarded the Bronze Star for Bravery. When he returned home from his tour of duty he married Emma Celaya and they remained happily married for 42 years, until her passing on March 9, 1988. Arthur was very proud of his Spanish ancestry and loved talking about how the Yorba Family was one of the oldest families in California. He is survived by his two daughters, Shirley Yorba Bain (husband John), Palm Springs and Carolee Yorba Taylor (husband George), Desert Hot Springs. Grandchildren: Shelley Wheeler, Arthur Wheeler, Timothy Taylor, Jennifer Taylor, Lisa Bain; 7 great grandchildren: Nicol Christina Rhea, Melissa Michelle Rhea, Stephanie Norine Rhea, Jacob John Hunter Wheeler, Kristina Marie Wheeler, Joseph John Wheeler-Kearns, Hailey Ann Belzer and 3 great-great grandchildren: Sarah Crissy Rhea, Jessica Sophia Raygoza, Luis Adrian Treto, Jr.

Services will be held at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church in Desert Hot Springs, CA on Thursday, October 18, 2012, at 10:00 a.m., reception will follow in the church hall. A graveside service will be held on Saturday, October 20, 2012, 1:00 p.m. at Holy Sepulcher Catholic Cemetery in Orange, CA.

The Yorba family wishes to express their gratitude to their father's long time caregiver Karen Harrison, the staff at Odyssey Hospice, Manny Fajardo, St. Elizabeth's Ladies Guild, Melissa Rhea and Timothy Taylor, for their loving care and kindness.

May the Lord bless and keep you
May his light always shine upon you
May he look down on you with kindness
And grant you everlasting peace


Condolence & Memory Journal


Rest in Peace my dear Daddy,

You are our Hero and we miss you dearly.

Love you always,

Carolee, George, Tim and Jenny

Posted by Carolee Taylor - Desert Hot Springs, CA - Daughter   October 29, 2012

Shirley and Carolee-- Thinking of you both and your families in the sad time-- you are in my prayers

Posted by Deena Campos - Hawaiian Gardens, CA   October 19, 2012

May our Lord Jesus Christ comfort each of you family members in the loss of Bernard (known as a friend and classmate in Placentia and in Fullerton High School --Class of 1939 as Bernardo--). If I remember correctly,
he married early to our classmate Mona Ratliff. He has accomplished many fine things. Feel free to contact me re further memories. 1-714-447-0333.
May our Lord strengthen you all through this time of loss.

Posted by DeWitt Lyon - Fullerton, CA   October 19, 2012

My condolences to the Yorba family on their loss. Your father cared enough and had the pride to pass on the history of your important family. you will carry with you the stories and the history of your family that he spent many years teaching you about. My family is also an early California family with routes in San Juan Capistrano. The Yorba Adobe was next to ours and our two families intermarried several times over the past two centuries.

Posted by Preston Abila - Laguna Niguel, CA   October 18, 2012

Carolee, God bless you and your family through this time. Kathleen Russu

Posted by A friend   October 18, 2012


I'm so sorry to hear about your dad my prayers are with you and your family and may you find strenght in the days ahead.

Posted by Mary Helen Flores - Palm Desert, CA   October 17, 2012

Carolee and family,
I feel your pain and I'm deeply sorry for your loss. We shared many stories of our dads and it still gives me a smile when I think of them, may he rest in peace and I hope he meets my dad in heaven and says hello to him for me. My prayers are with you and your family. Love Espie

Posted by Espie Shaver - Palm Desert, CA   October 17, 2012

I am sorry for your loss Carolee.

Posted by Jim Cipponeri - Rancho Mirage, CA   October 17, 2012

In loving memmory of a beautiful person. Our thoughts are with you and your family at this difficult time.

Peace Be With You,

Christopher Gandara and Robert Lohr

Posted by A friend   October 17, 2012

I am sorry for your loss, our loss. God bless him.

Posted by Luciano Yi - Fontana, CA   October 17, 2012

I too have heard stories about Arthur Yorba. A book on the Yorba family would be delightful. I lived in Placentia and Yorba Linda. Long live the history of this area. "Keep the home fires burning "

Posted by Dorcie Lacy - Grantham, NH   October 16, 2012

A blessing for my Father

May the Lord bless and keep you
May his light always shine upon you
May he look down on you with kindness
And grant you everlasting peace

I love you Daddy

Posted by Carolee Taylor - Desert Hot Springs, CA   October 15, 2012

I met your father many years ago at Paul DiAmico`s . He told me about his family. I thought he was a very interesting man. I always thought he should write a book. I`m sorry for your loss.

Posted by Lindy Woody    October 12, 2012