By Dick Trone
George Yamor was as much a Warrior as an insurance man. You know Crescent City and Del Norte County has to be a very special place when you look at the number of Del Norte High graduates that participated in sports here go away to college, have successful athletic careers, then return here to teach, coach or go into business.
Those that went into teaching or coaching by the very nature of their chosen profession continued and still continue to affect the youth of our community. This can also be said of many that returned here and went into business. One of these returning businessmen also had a real positive influence on my career.
George Yamor, who many people remember as a part of Fraser-Yamor Insurance was that man. George was a standout athlete during the Ed Fraser coaching era. He participated in all sports, but was especially good in basketball and baseball.
After graduation he went on to the University of California Berkeley where he was a member of the Golden Bears National Championship baseball team.
After graduation, George went to work with Ed Fraser and later with Ed's son John in what became Fraser-Yamor Insurance. George remained very active in local sports, both playing for and at times managing the Crescent City Merchants baseball team. He also continued to be active in recreation league basketball.
After I graduated from high school, I had the chance to play for the Merchants baseball team. During that experience I really got to see what an excellent baseball player he was but more importantly, what a great person he was.
When I came back here in 1980 to work and coach at the high school, I went into Fraser Yamor Insurance to see John Fraser.
John and I had been friends and teammates since grade school. While I was there George called me aside and said if we ever had a young man with a hardship, he didn't want that to keep the young man out of sports. I was to let him know and problems could be magically eliminated. I only had a couple of times where problems were identified and his offer was really appreciated.
George was another of those ex-Warriors that continued to make this a special place to live and work.
We were all saddened by his passing, but he will always be fondly remembered as a special member of the Warrior family.
Dick Trone writes on his reflections and the history of Del Norte High Warrior sports. Trone, who played football for the Warriors, had an illustrious career on the gridiron at Humboldt State University. Trone was head football coach at Del Norte High for a number of years before retiring. Currently, he is head coach of the Wild Rivers Storm semi-pro football team.