Dale Yanari memorial service Saturday
FRISCO – Kind, altruistic, gentle, generous.That’s how Jeannie Cole described Frisco resident Dale Yanari, who passed away Sept. 9 at age 57.Cole worked as Yanari’s assistant at his accounting firm Yanari, Watson, Lyons & McGaughey PC.”He attended all my daughters’ graduations and remembered every birthday and holiday with a gift and a card,” Cole said. “He always took me out for my birthday. One year, he took me to the Cordillera for dinner. He had a special menu made with my name on the front. It was very sweet.”
According to Cole and many others, Yanari was a man who deeply, but quietly, touched the lives of those with whom he worked and played. He paid attention, he genuinely cared and he gave generously to his friends and his community.The Colorado native graduated first in his class from North High School in Denver and achieved valedictorian status again in 1969 at the University of Denver. He established his own accounting practice in Frisco in 1975.Yanari continued his work locally as a certified public accountant for nearly 30 years during which time he offered up his financial wizardry in service of The Summit Foundation, where he served as a board member for six years and as an active volunteer for many more. His firm prepared the foundation’s tax returns annually and performed each of the organization’s audits.”He had a way of explaining everything to everyone,” said Summit Foundation executive director Deb Edwards. “He made everyone understand the really important financial matters at the foundation. And whenever we had any kind of fundraising event, Dale was always the first one to buy a ticket or a table, without question.”
Yanari earned the title of “Count Duckula” at the Summit Foundation’s annual Rubber Duck Race.”He volunteered every year at the duck race, religiously. On race day, he would help us handle all the cash and count all the money,” Edwards said. “Dale was so involved in the Summit County community. I’m coming to learn that his quiet generosity was far greater than any of us realized.”Since 1976, Yanari was a member of the Rotary Club and served a stint as the club’s president in the 1980s. He also served on the Breckenridge Music Institute board, the Summit County Library board, and the Crime Victim Compensation Board for the Fifth Judicial District.Longtime friend Anne Marie Ohly said Yanari’s community spirit also manifested itself through everyday acts of kindness.”One time he was driving down the street, coming to pick me up, and he stopped to buy lemonade from some little kids,” Ohly said. “He didn’t care about the lemonade, but whenever kids were selling anything, he’d buy it all up and give it away.
“He was always up for doing anything: the third-grade play, the Christmas concert or a kids’ soccer game,” Ohly added.Yanari was a passionate patron of the fine and performing arts, and often treated his co-workers and companions to performances in Summit County and Denver. Many of his friends remember him for his kind smile and unlimited selflessness.”We went on a vacation in Sedona, Ariz., once, and we were out hiking,” Cole said. “We had a long discussion about his faith and being a Buddhist. He believed that true spirituality was about giving back to other people and leading a life of integrity and honesty – which he did. That really impacted me.”Julie Sutor can be reached at (970) 668-3998 ext. 203 or email@example.com.
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