August 25, 1965 - April 7, 2018 Born in Turkey Resided in Fremont, California
Baturay Yaman, better known to his friends and family as “JJ” or “Dede”, left us all very suddenly Saturday, April 7, in the late afternoon. He was at his desk working at the job he was born for—making real estate deals--when his heart stopped. Yes, he could have taken better care of himself but instead was always thinking about others and what he could do for them. He worked tirelessly for his customers to find them the best house at the best price, without concern for his commission, and his clients often ended up becoming friends. He knew how to make people laugh and was a great friend to many in the area. Family came first and his love for them was constant and never wavered. He is survived by his mother Sezgin, his brother Koray, and his niece, Alara, in Turkey, where he will be sent to be laid at rest with his father. He has an aunt, many cousins and their family members in the Bay area and many, many more relatives in Turkey who will mourn his loss. He is deeply grieved for by his partner of 25 years, Apryl, and by her family—daughter, Marla, son, Mike, granddaughters Ila and Apryl, and grandson, Bodhi, with two more grandsons on the way who will never have the blessing of his love and company. Even the animals adored him, though the dogs and cats he loved so much are all gone now except for one. The world was a better, kinder place with Baturay Yaman in it, as the Dawnbreakers’ Lions Club and the Leo Clubs he supported would agree. We are here on this earth for a very short time and all that really matters is how we pass through….and he passed through with kindness to everyone and with a generosity of spirit that far exceeded his material worth. There was only one JJ and he is irreplaceable.
If you would like to pay your respects, there will be a viewing from 2 to 5 PM on Friday, April 13, at Berge-Pappas-Smith Chapel of the Angels, 40842 Fremont Blvd, Fremont, CA 94538