James R. Yoder

  • Born: April 19, 1942
  • Died: May 25, 2009
  • Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico

Tribute & Message From The Family

YODER - James R. Yoder, a loving and beloved husband and father passed away on Monday, May 25, 2009, following a courageous battle against cancer. Jim is survived by his wife, Dolly Yoder; his son, Stephen E. Yoder; step-daughters, Suzzette Higgins and husband, Jim, and Sandy DuBrock and husband, Greg; three grandchildren, Hayley, Alec and Stuart; his sister, Susie Yoder; and brothers, Mike Yoder and Richard Yoder and wife, Carolyn. Jim was a life long resident of Albuquerque and enjoyed an illustrious 43 year career at Sandia National Laboratories. Most recently, Jim led the Emergent Threats Organization in the Systems Assessment and Research Center. Prior, he led the Systems Technologies organization and was responsible for the development of sensor systems to acquire and analyze data from sources ranging form laser light to nuclear radiation. In 2003 Jim spent several months as a loaned executive helping establish the Information Analysis and Infrastructure Protection organization in the then new Department of Homeland Security. In 1995 Jim was appointed acting Director of SandiaĚs Advanced Information Technologies Center. The appointment ultimately led to a two-year assignment as Senior Planning Officer for the Directorate of Science and Technology at the Central Intelligence Agency. Jim continued with the CIA serving on two Senior Advisory Panels. Jim was a member of the Albuquerque Council on Foreign Relations, the AIAA, and the IEEE. Jim has authored many formal reports and journal articles and papers presented at national and international conferences. Jim shared his passion for reading and travel with his family by spearheading and accompanying his family on numerous trips. Jim has flown airplanes and hung around airports for over thirty years. The Yoder family wishes to thank all the wonderful friends and the care provided by Lovelace Hospital during JimĚs battle. In keeping with JimĚs stated wishes, there will be a private/family service only. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 5800 Lomas Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110. Although there will be no public memorial, please visit our online guestbook for JIm at RememberTheirStory.com


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Condolence & Memory Journal

Dolly and Family, My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time in your life. I was Jim's student intern at Sandia from 1997 through 2000. He was always so nice to me. He was a very caring man. My heart goes out to you on this great loss to your family and to the country. God Bless you.

Posted by Liz Gallegos (formerly Martinez)    May 28, 2009

Dolly and Family, My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I always tell my kids about the great July 4th gatherings we had at your house. I will always remember those fun times. Dolly you and Jim were so warm and loving and great friends to our family. I will remember Jim always. Kirstin

Posted by Kirstin Sterosky Berson    May 28, 2009

You will be missed Jim.

Posted by Cory Ratliff    May 28, 2009

Jim was my manager for a number of years. He was heck of a nice guy and I remember my time under him with fondness.

Posted by Tom Laub    May 28, 2009

All my thoughts are with you Dolly and Eric. And may you find peace in Jim's memory. Cortney

Posted by Cortney    May 28, 2009

Dolly and Family, Jim was a great guy to work with.I shall remember him as bright, witty, patriotic and unselfish. I am sorry for your loss.

Posted by Dick Thompson    May 28, 2009

Steve my deepest condolences go out to you and your family. Let Pat and I Know if there is anything we can do for you. Chris Mora

Posted by Christine Mora    May 28, 2009

Dolly and Family, My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.

Posted by Donna Filip    May 28, 2009

Dolly and all the family, So very sorry for you loss. Was shocked when I saw the newspaper notice. Will try to reach you later.

Posted by Doris Vician    May 28, 2009

When I was a little kid I lived next door to the Yoders on Montclaire. I use to watch Jim and Dick play basketball in their driveway. Jim was always nice to me and I was in awe of them shooting those baskets. What a great family he came from! My condolences to all of the Yoder families. John Carney Windsor, CA

Posted by John Carney    May 28, 2009

Dolly and the entire Yoder family, I worked with Jim at Sandia off and on over the past 25 years. Jim was an outstanding scientist/engineer, but he was most valuable to Sandia and the Nation for the way he engaged others in the national security field. Jim embraced good ideas from anyone - he never cared about whether the idea came from inside or outside Sandia, inside or outside his own organization at Sandia, or the age and technical background of the person who had the good idea. Jim worked with federal employees and contractors the same as with Sandians. That ability made Jim truly unique for someone from a national lab. I recall fondly the times that Jim had dinner with my wife Ellen and me at our apartment in DC when we were working on temporary assignment to the Department of Homeland Security. We had wonderful evenings reliving good times in Albuquerque, discussing "fixes" for all kinds of federal government problems, and eating lots of great food. I visited with Jim for the last time in February when I came to the lab for a day (I retired from Sandia in 2008). Jim was still very dedicated to his national security work and full of the enthusiasm he always had. He talked about the future with lots of optimism, but also with a clear understanding that his remaining time on earth might be very limited. My prayers are with you as you cope with the loss. I feel it in a small way compared to you - and it hurts.

Posted by John C. Cummings    May 28, 2009

Dolly and Family, My thoughts and prayers go out to you in deepest sympathy.

Posted by Paula Staniulis    May 28, 2009

To Dolly and the entire Yoder family, Our hearts are filled with sorrow over Jim's death. We have been advocates in his corner ever since his diagnosis. He was a remarkable man and our family holidays and get-togethers will not be the same without him. We will always remember the great conversations and funny stories we shared about our European travels. Please let us know if there is any way we can help you through this time of immense loss and sorrow. Janet and Bob

Posted by Janet Ratliff    May 28, 2009

A great friend and the most patriotic man that I've known. I miss him and our country will miss his service.

Posted by Jerry Allen    May 28, 2009

I have great admiration and respect for Jim. I had the pleasure of working for him on occasion and thought him to be a man of great character and very much a gentleman. My heart goes out to you and your family. I pray that knowing Jim's suffering is over and that he is in a wonderful place might eventually bring you some comfort. You and your family will be in my prayers.

Posted by Cathy Gonzales    May 28, 2009

Dearest Dolly, Susie, and all of the family I didn't have the blessing to meet. I know Jim will be sadly missed in this life. Fortunately, we will all meet again in our Lord's loving arms. I'm sure Jim is a great addition to those who have passed before us and Jim will be at Heavens gates waiting to greet us all. You are all in my prayers. Stick together and God Bless You. Much love, Heidi

Posted by Heidi Hensley (Luetters)    May 28, 2009


Posted by Tim & Darlene Strosnider    May 28, 2009

To Dolly and family. Our hearts go out to you in your time of grieving. Jim had many outstanding accomplishments in service to his country. He will be deeply missed by his Sandia family.

Posted by Larry Costin    May 28, 2009

My sincerest condolences to Jim's family. In January 1961 I had a life altering decision to make and it was Jim I turned to for help in making that decision. It was very good advice that ultimately became the basis for all other decisions I would make in the future. It's a bloody shame we lost contact over the years. But, I guess that's the way it is sometimes.

Posted by Robert J.    May 28, 2009

May your hearts be filled with good memories. So sorry for your loss.

Posted by Bunny Carver    May 28, 2009

On behalf of the French Family of Companies we express our deepest condolences.

Posted by Kristian Schmidt    May 28, 2009

My deepest and heartfelt sympathy for your loss. Leslie Bleier

Posted by Leslie Bleier    May 28, 2009

Dolly & Family, our thoughts and prayers go out to you during this time of loss.

Posted by Rick & Natalie Doxtator    May 28, 2009

Dolly & Family My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Posted by Tom Pfeifle    May 28, 2009