Russel Yancey (1956-1984)
On June 30, 1984, Russell Yancey passed away of pneumonia while camping with friends on the St. John’s River. Russell was an Equipment Operator I with the Volusia County Aquatic Plant Control program. He had worked with the county for six months when he tragically died at the age of 27. Don Davies, his supervisor, says that Russ had a strong desire to learn all he possibly could about his job, almost to the point that it became an obsession. Over a period of several months, Russell had become very active in the aquatics program and was a well-liked individual, he will be missed by all. Bill Christian has replaced Russell under the direct supervision of Stanley Blackwelder, who has been with the program since 1980.