Lifetime membership with our association is optional . To become a lifetime member (or "Lifer"), you must be a regular member in good standing and be at least 18 years of age. Also, you must decide to commit your life to support the POW*MIA Elko Awareness Association and its mission.
Becoming a Lifer simply requires aone-time donation of $100 per person or $175 per couple.
The following is a list of those dedicated, patriotic individuals who have chosen to become a Lifer with the POW*MIA Elko Awareness Association:
*Bill "Woody" Yingst*
~ In Memoriam ~
Walter Wells Young
Walter Young returned to his Heavenly Father on November 29, 2015 after a short illness.
On February 28,1931, Walter Wells Young was born and raised in Dayton, Ohio until enlisting in the Air Force during the Korean War. After an honorable release from the military, he spent his career in law enforcement and mining. He was best known for teaching, shooting and motorcycling. As early as the Korean War, Walter was a devoted trainer. In subjects ranging from the physics of electricity to firearm safety, he was renowned for his ability to combine sound instruction with engaging storytelling. He also spent much of his life volunteering his time to serve others. He was known in the community by his volunteer work with organizations like POW*MIA, and the charity Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation for whom he and his wife Donna fund-raised for over twenty years.
He was preceded in death by his parents Walter Paul and Margaret Wells Young. He leaves behind his wife Donna Young, six children and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren
In the spring, his remains will be escorted in a POW*MIA sponsored motorcycle ride from Elko to the Northern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Fernley, Nevada where he will be honored by the Northern Nevada Veteran’s Coalition Honor Guard.
His presence in our family and community will be greatly missed.
Douglas Kenneth Knight
Douglas Kenneth Knight, 46 of Elko, NV, passed away on March 21, 2014. He is survived by his wife Maryalyce Knight of Elko, NV, his mother and father Judy and Kenneth Knight of Siltez, OR, his sister Annette Allred of Sierra Vista, AZ, and brother Dean Knight of Bend, OR, as well as his children, Emiliano Morales, III and Andrea Morales, his grandchildren, Emiliano, Xavien, Alysia, Maryann, MirandaJay, Michael and Skylar.
Doug was a Marine Corps veteran and an active member in the POW/MIA Elko Awareness Association , as well as in his local community. Doug spoke to several groups including the high school driver's education and nursing programs just to name a few. Anyone who met Doug was truly changed for the better. He overcame many hurdles throughout his life and wanted to share what he learned with everyone.
He was a loving husband, son, father, brother and grandfather and he will be sadly missed.
William V. "Woody" Yingst, Jr.
Woody unexpectedly left his family on January 12, 2013. He was born on July 17, 1951 in Marysvale, UT to William and Sharon Yingst. He moved with his family to Elko, NV in 1988. His interests included working with stained glass, woodworking, and his membership with the POW-MIA .
Woody was preceded in death by his mother, father, and older brother. He is survived by his long-time love Shelly, his 3 daughters Brandy (Craig) Hinman, Bobbie Kiechler, and Becky (Tress) Wilson. He was the proud Papa of 4 grandchildren McKinzie (Damon) Miller, Brian Andress, Megan Wilson, and Caytland Kiechler. He was also looking forward to becoming the great-grandfather of twins. Other survivors include his 3 sisters and brother and many friends that will miss him terribly.
Nora Mae Hatfield
Nora Mae Hatfield passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 21, 2011, surrounded by her family and friends.
Nora was born in Ontario, Oregon on January 22, 1942, to Emma Creasy Hatfield and Macy Hatfield. She made Northern Nevada her home in September 1962, moving to Elko in 1968. Nora was a hair stylist and local businesswoman, a former Elko City Council Woman, chair of the Elko County Democratic Central Committee, and active in the local POW/MIA Organization. She was a member of Saint Joseph's Catholic Church and devoted her time to both the RCIA and CCD programs. Nora enjoyed traveling, photography, scrap booking, and the outdoors. One of her favorite places was the Columbia Basin.
Nora was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, and a sister. Survivors include her children: Chief (Theresa) Nutting, Lonnie (Mary Beth) Nutting, Doug (Nellie), Nutting, and Echo (Dan) Skinner. Grandchildren: Catie (Alex) Stone, Lindsay Nutting (Kyle Kottwitz), Sarah (Ty) Smith, Jacob Nutting, Sammy Jo Nutting, Beau Nutting, Jolene (Adam) Kemmerer, and Bryan Skinner. Great-granddaughter: Bailey Nora Stone. Extended Family and friends include: Lyle and Pat Nutting, Elinor Furlong, Nicole (Lance) Steilman (Gage and Trapper), Clayton Nutting, Kelly Nalder, Jesse Bartorelli, Annie Ulrich, Dale Cowden, Carol Hatfield, and numerous nieces and nephews.
National League of POW/MIA Families
Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA)
Boise Valley POW/MIA
POW MIA Awareness Assoc. - Pocatello
POW*MIA Awareness Org. of Utah
Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW)
Missing in America Project (MIAP)
The Recovery Village