Yumin Yeh

yumin yeh

Born in: San Jose, California
Resided in: San Jose , California

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 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 victoryeh@gmail.com.  
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.

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  1. CandleYumin, you will be dearly loved. Have gotten to know you for a long time. When I first met you from 3rd Home of Christ you were still in Junior high. Wish I had gotten to know you a little better but you were truly a follower of Christ. Though you will be missed you now get to reside with our loving Father in Heaven sitting beside Him. Though your time on Earth was short but you have fought a victorious battle in life and will receive the crown of victory.

  2. CandleWhile we never met, I heard your story. I heard your story from the people whose lives you touched, that you witnesses to, that you blessed. We never met, but I’m thankful for you, God’s gift, for the ways you shined His glory into the world. You were a city on a hill, a light proudly left uncovered. I’m thankful that I could be praying for you and your family, and I will continue to pray for them. May God carefully and graciously watch over those you’ve left behind, meeting their every need and drawing them closer to Himself.

  3. CandleDear Yumin,

    May the God bless your family.

    I just realize both of our son happen to have a same name ”Lucas”

    Miss the time we were praying together at the passion church.

    I know you are in the better place right now.

    Reat In Peace,

    Frank Shao

  4. CandleSo sad to hear about this. I got to know Yumin while he was in Southern California and have chance to serve with him. He inspired me with his passion for Christ and his life influenced many youth during that time. Although we on serve together for couple years, it was most memorable time of serving.

    Thank you Yumin for been part of my life. I am going to miss you, but I know that one day we will meet again.

  5. CandleR.I.P. Even though it sucks to never be able to see and talk to you again, I know you won’t be experiencing any more pain from the cancer anymore.

  6. I am so sorry. I knew Yumin from high school and am so sad to hear he passed away. I will continue to pray for his family. May God give them all comfort and peace.

  7. Our deepest condolences to Yumin’s family and friends. We are praying for Eileen and Lucas daily. May the God of comfort surround them in this time. May Yumin enjoy the presence of his Father and being pain free and fully healed.

  8. God loves Yumin so much. Yumin’s bright smile, strong faith, and amazing kind uplisting spirits will live on in our hearts!!

  9. Yumin, I remember all of our exchanges at HKS to be so kind, bright, and positive. I wish your family the greatest of love and support.

  10. Welcomed your birth, watched your childhood, and saw you grew in Christianity. Your kindness and passion are great witness to God’s Grace. We will miss you and look forward to the time where you greet me at Heaven’s gate.

  11. CandleSuch a warm smile, generous heart, and positive soul. I have nothing but sweet, fun memories of our younger years as family friends. Sending big big hugs to the entire Yeh family from our family.

  12. I was an HKS classmate of Yumin’s and remember fondly his kindness and good nature. I wish his family and loved ones peace and comfort.

  13. CandleYumin and I were very close at Harvard and we served in church together. He has had a profound impact on my life as a person and my own walk with Jesus. Words cannot express how sad I am that he is no longer with us.

    To Uncle, Auntie, and Victor, I hold fond memories of our lunch together on graduation day at the JFK park in May 2011. Please accept my deepest condolences for the loss and grief which I share deeply.

    Yumin, see you again brother.

  14. CandleRest In Peace! One day, we will all unite in our heavenly home.

    2 Corinthians 5:8
    We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord.

  15. Yumin, it was a privileged to be working with you at Wells Fargo. We sat next to each other for almost two years and we shared the same Bart ride from Fremont to SF. We had the same passion towards the environment and sustainability. You were such an inspiration to all of us at work. I cannot believe you are gone. My sincere condolences to your family, especially your wife and son. I will miss you Yumin.

  16. CandleYumin…. Words can’t express the sadness of a young brother who went to be with the Lord too quickly. Thank you for the mark you have left on this Earth–the positivity/hope/encouragement that you provided everyone you met. I still remember you being so excited about the prophetic word you received of the Key from the mayor and how God intimately spoke so you about your future. That was so many years ago and God truly kept His promises with you.
    Much prayers for your surviving loved ones…. especially covering Eileen and Lucas in prayer.

  17. Hi friends and family of Yumin. I have never met you but prayed for you heard about you they Tammy. I can’t wait to know you and meet you with Dad. Yumin you fought a great fight and you have won. I will be praying for you and your family. Love you peace to you.

  18. CandleYumin, know that your devotion, courage and faith was a source of comfort for your family and an inspiration for us all. Pray and watch over us from heaven. I will always carry the memories from our childhood in my heart. My love and condolences to Yeh mama, Victor, and rest of Yeh family.

  19. CandleYumin, We met during our HKS days. I remember us chatting about we were both from the Bay Area. I remember that you were always so happy and kind and greeted everyone with a big smile. I am so sorry for everything that has happened to you. Sending your family the strength and prayers they need to get through this difficult time.

  20. Dear Yumin,
    our beloved precious brother,
    We believe that you are at the best place with our heavenly Father now. His thoughts are higher than our thoughts! We will see you again very soon! We bless your entire family, especially Eileen and Lucas in Jesus name!
    In His Love

  21. CandleHi Yumin,

    I am totally shocked to hear, you are with Lord now. I still cannot believe it, you left us. Still remember you were in Beijin, I met you in the BJ office many years ago. And all the memory, I met you at Forerunner. I pray for you, your wife and your son in my heart. May the peace be with you and your family.

  22. Candle好兄弟,感谢主在教会认识您!认识您10几年。帮助了我很多很多。在您身上我也学会了谦卑。学会了助人!在您生病的时间里。我和你学会了坚强。以及对神的信靠!爱您的弟兄刘磊

  23. CandleYumin,
    I have so many great memories of our childhoods together. You will be missed. May you rest in peace brother. Heaven has gained an incredible soul!

  24. CandleYumin, you’ll be missed! I’ll always remember your smile, your kindness, and your positive energy. Your passion for God and the heart for people have been an inspiration for me. Goodbye for now. Till we meet again in heaven!

  25. CandleWe have gotten to know Yumin, his brother, and his parents since the 90s. He is a wonderful servant of The Lord and brother in Christ.
    Be it in life, in sickness, or now in heaven with Christ, his testimonies has and still inspires many believers, young and old. You have run the race with faith, hope, and love, brother.

  26. CandleDear Yumin, you’re an amazing brother in the Lord. We will miss you & your big smile. We know one day we will see you again in due time. We also know that you’re enjoying your eternity with our Lord, Jesus. We will continue to pray for your family. Rest assure that our Lord will take care of them.

    Johann & Laura Wu

  27. CandleYumin. You were someone I always looked up to. Someone who exuded hope and was an example and beacon to anyone who was feeling helpless and lost. You encouraged me to fight for a “better me” and turn “naive daydreams” into reality. You believed in me through all my distraught and twisted thinking that I could become great one day. You connected me with the right people to inspire my passions and here I am today on my way to become a pharmacist. I will always think back on the deep and vulnerable talks we had at the coffee/ice cream shops when I help my mentees. You will be missed but never forgotten. Rest in Peace within the arms of our Father Yumin.

  28. CandleSending love and light to your family Yumin. It aches my heart to hear about the world’s loss. You truly were such a calm and sweet guy and it seems you grew into that even more as people describe you. I remember you so vividly in high school. You were always so cool collected and I enjoyed connecting with you in class. Thank you for being you.

  29. CandleYumin, we met during college through many mutual acquaintances. I remember you were always so friendly and affable, and my encounters with you were usually at campus ministry events. I’m encouraged to hear your faith never waivered during such a difficult season in life. Praise the Lord you are no longer in pain and are now rejoicing with your maker. Yumin’s family, I’m so sorry for your loss.

  30. CandleDear Yumin, our paths only crossed briefly at Cal, but your infectious smile and sincere faith always made me want the same joy you had. I hope that your joy is now complete as you see your Savior face-to-face.

  31. CandleYumin and I were classmates back at HKS, and I remember to this day his trademark big, warm smile and kindness. He was a true follower of Jesus and will be missed greatly. Sending my deepest condolences and prayers to your loving family.

  32. CandleYumin, I met you in Intervarsity in college. You were a few years older but you were always so approachable. I didn’t know you well but I was always struck by the gentle smile that you always had in your face. One that always reflected God’s love. We are sad that God has called you away but I know that this works is only a temporary one and you are now in the Eternal Home.

  33. CandleYumin was a heartwarming gent. His smiling was like a spring breeze. He developed his youth and college life as a volunteer of FCSN to give our kids love and laughing. He asked nothing in return. He is in our memory.

  34. CandleYumin was a member of the youth group when I was a counselor and youth pastor at 3rd Home of Christ. He was definitely one of my “favorites.” After my family and I moved to SoCal in 1999, he and a couple others drove down to stay with us for about a week. My son Jed was about 2-3 years old, and when it was time for Yumin and the others to go back home to NorCal, Jed began to cry as we said our goodbyes and watched them driving away down the street.

    Yumin, today I say “goodbye” one last time, until we meet again.

  35. CandleI knew and served with Yumin in both Boston and LA. He was always a faithful brother, and it’s no surprise to me that he remained so until the end. My prayers are with his family.

  36. CandleWith lifted hopes that life in eternity will bring Yumin much solace, peace, and joy. We count your life as a blessing. From those who have learned, shared, and prayed with you at Harvard and MIT. Rest in peace our friend.

  37. CandleYumin, a warm, gently, and loving man of God. Truly a shining light, a city on a hill everywhere he went. Touched and transformed so many lives in so many ways. Yumin, you are missed, but your impact here will be lasting. The Lord is a present help in need. May He continue to provide peace and strength to the entire family during this trying time.

  38. CandleMay our LORD comfort you and your family at this difficult moment. Yumin still shine and live in our hearts. We will all see Yumin again in the future.

  39. To Eileen, Victor, and Mrs. Yeh,

    I am saddened to hear of Yumin’s passing. When Yumin was a young teen at Home of Christ Church, Fremont,
    I was amazed at his heart and devotion for Jesus, and how mature and deep his faith was beyond his years whenever I spoke with him, and it was gratifying to see him serve faithfully as a young man. I remember the warmth that permeated his personality, and his keen ability to listen and engage with others, giving his rapt attention and gaze as you spoke to him. To hear that he did not complain, and still kept his faith in his final years is not a surprise to me given the strength of character and hope I[‘ve observed in him when he was much younger.

    I am heartened that Yumin knows Jesus as His Messiah, and that He is in heaven with His Heavenly Father, rejoicing and fully alive and well in His presence, and grateful that his family and friends in Christ will see him again one day.

  40. CandleYumin and I were classmates at HKS. I have such fond memories of serving as his “press secretary” for a mock presidential campaign for class. Yumin was nervous about the “debate,” but he performed like a rockstar. We were so proud of him. Yumin was always kind and gentle to others. He was hard-working, smart, and humble.

    My thoughts and prayers are with his loved ones. May he rest in peace.

  41. Dear Yeh Family,

    I am so incredibly saddened to hear of the passing of Yumin, who I have known since at least high school, when we were numerous clubs and classes together. He was a friend I lost touch with after college and military service, but I always thought highly of him.

    I can’t believe that such a kind, smart, and positive man is gone. His memory will live on in me and you and everyone else he touched with his passion in life. I recall doing a two-man play with him for Speech and Debate, that was good times for us both as we labored to memorize the script. Yumin was a special type of person who could be responsible yet enjoy life to the fullest.

    Please accept my deepest condolences. I will miss Yumin a lot.

    Tony C. Yang
    MSJ ’99

  42. CandleYumin,

    Thank you for all the encouragement, hope and love you shared with us when meeting you in Beijing many years ago. You are such an angel and light in our lives. I hope I could have a chance to tell you how I appreciate for the anti-pollution masks you brought for us from the USA when you realized that we did not have one to protect ourselves from the poor air condiction in BJ. When we heard this bad news , we are in great grief for lossing such a good brother. I know you don’t want to see your friend cry for you as you always bring hope and love to people around you. I know you never leave us, but you always be with us. I know you are now in a better world. We miss you and keep praying for your beloved family. May God’s mercy and grace be with your family. Rest in peace.

  43. CandleI love that our worlds collide! Your wedding was so special as Brian was a part of your LA world and I was a part of Eileen’s Bay Area world. You pursued Eileen so well and am honored to have met you. Your faith to press in for healing and faithfulness to proclaim the testimony of Jesus in your life has been incredible. I will continue to pray for your family, especially Eileen & Lucas. May your legacy continue on through your family.

  44. CandleMy deepest condolences to Yumin’s family and loved ones. Yumin, I didn’t know you intimately, but in our time together at HKS you were such a kind and gentle soul. Your love for Christ was displayed in action and not only in word. I find rest in the fact that you are now with the Father, where there is no pain and no suffering. May His peace that passes all understanding rest on those that have been left here on earth to carry on your legacy.

  45. CandleYumin was such a light when he joined our church, Passion, during his time in Southern California. His love for Christ was inspirational, and I know his love for his brothers and sisters in Christ touched them deeply. Everyone who knew him would agree that he had such a gentle, warm, caring soul. Always smiling, always accepting of others, and yet never afraid to be vulnerable/transparent. Years later when we ran into each other randomly in NorCal at a worship concert, he was just as joyful and full of life as I remembered it. I am blessed to have known Yumin.

    I’m saddened that Yumin is no longer with us, and heartbroken by the grief that his wife, child, and family must be going through. I don’t know why his time in this world was cut short, the only comfort is knowing that we will see him one day. My deepest condolences goes to all of his family. May God comfort them, hold them, and surround them with love.

  46. CandleYumin,

    We had good chats before you left for Harvard. Young, energetic, compassionate, and follower of Christ – that is my impression. I heard about your sickness and did not want to believe it.

    Finally found this site. You are with the Lord now. Will see you again.

    Please accept my deepest condolences.

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