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John Yntema ’51

An engineer and Merchant Marine veteran who lived for many years in the U.S. Virgin Islands, John died Jan. 18, 2019.

John designed and built the family house outside Frederiksted, St. Croix, and worked numerous jobs over his 33 years there: hardware sales manager, bicycle servicer, Mobil Oil distributor, commercial trap fisherman, and environmental specialist with the V.I. Bureau of Fish and Wildlife. John even discovered a new species of scorpion that was named after him: Heteronebo yntemai.

“His legacy to his children,” loved ones wrote, “was an abiding belief in kindness, honesty, fairness, and a curiosity and respect for the natural world.”

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