Yumin Yeh of San Jose, CA passed away at the age of 38, on October 26th, 2020, after a valiant battle against thymic carcinoma. Yumin was born on October 2, 1982 in San Jose, CA to Stanley and Joyce Yeh. After graduating from Mission San Jose High School, Yumin received simultaneous bachelors degrees in both Bioengineering and International Development from UC Berkeley and later received his Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard University in 2011. In December 2016, he married Eileen Chou and the two of them welcomed their son, Lucas, in October 2018.
Yumin was first and foremost a lover of Jesus, best demonstrated by his heart for evangelism, overseas missions and his unflinching faith in God. His other great love was for family, as a faithful and devoted husband, father, brother, and son, who loved deeply and gave of himself freely. Yumin was patient, gentle, forgiving and considerate, always thinking of other people before himself and working hard not to be a burden to others. A constant presence in the church, he was a speaker, mentor, translator, worship leader and counselor and was always willing to lend a hand to whoever needed it. Fluent in both Mandarin and English, Yumin regularly led local community service events and discussion groups in both languages. Despite the numerous hardships he and his family endured these last 2 years, Yumin considered himself a “prisoner of hope” and continued to believe in God’s goodness and faithfulness even in the most painful hours.
Professionally, Yumin was passionate about being a positive influence on the international stage through strategic government relations and diplomacy. Over the course of 15 years, his work led him to the US State Department at the Beijing Embassy and the Innovation Center for Energy and Transportation, where he spearheaded a US sponsored program to track and improve China’s air quality for its 1.4 billion people while also increasing American exports of carbon emissions technology. Most recently, Yumin was a Vice President at Wells Fargo, serving as a subject matter expert in environmental and social risk management while driving enterprise-wide social responsibility processes and operations.
Yumin was preceded in death by his father, Stanley and is now survived by his wife Eileen, his son Lucas, his brother Victor, his mother Joyce, a multitude of cousins, a nephew and a niece. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Yumin’s memorial service is regretfully not open for general public attendance; however, live streaming will be available via Zoom. For more information, please contact Victor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A memory capsule is being created for Lucas such that any letters, photos, small mementos and/or cards recounting favorite memories of Yumin are most welcome. In lieu of flowers, the family would be grateful for contributions to Lucas’ education fund. Donations may be made directly online at www.ugift529.com, Ugift Code: U3S-N5Z. All correspondence may be sent to: Berge-Pappas-Smith, Chapel of the Angels, Attn: Yumin Yeh’s Family, 40842 Fremont Boulevard, Fremont, CA 94538.