Jack Yee Obituary (1929 – 2021) – Salt Lake City, UT

Jack Nam Yee


Salt Lake City, UT Jack Nam Yee was born on September 17, 1929 in Toishan, China’s Canton Province.

In April 1948 he married his wife Szeto Har and shortly afterwards they welcomed their first son in 1949. His father, who had already emigrated to the United States, asked him to join him in Johnstown Pennsylvania to help run the family laundry business. After helping his father for a few years, Jack looked for other options and his father suggested contacting a friend at his Salt Lake City restaurant who always needed help. On August 28, 1951, he began a journey that would take him to Salt Lake City, where he would eventually call his permanent home. Working at the Broiler Cafe earned him enough money to partner with a new restaurant called Nanking. In 1957 he returned to China to visit his wife and son and take them to Hong Kong to prepare for their eventual immigration to the United States. Upon his return to the States, he was informed that his wife was pregnant with their second child, a daughter. Then Jack put all his energy into the work and was able to open his own restaurant in 1960, the China Doll Cafe on Redwood Road in Salt Lake City. In 1969, twenty years after he first came to the United States at his father’s behest, Jack was granted permanent residency and was reunited with his family when they were allowed to immigrate via Hong Kong. Their reunion was so happy that over the next three years his next three children, two sons and a daughter, were born. He worked until 1978 when he decided to take early retirement to spend more time with family and friends. He spent the rest of his life helping friends and relatives from China with money or sponsorship in the United States, using his business acumen to mentor other immigrant entrepreneurs, to travel the United States and the world, to sustain his business interests after retirement and most importantly, spending time with his family. Dad, grandpa, great-grandpa, we all love you and will always think of you.

Jack died on July 16, 2021 in a rehab clinic of complications from heart disease.

Jack leaves behind his 72-year-old wife, Szeto Har, the family of his eldest son Adrain (Jennifer) Yee MD, their daughter Candice (Eric) Yee MD, and their son Evan and twin sons Derrick and Dwight; the family of his eldest daughter Anna (Rowland MD) Wong and their daughter Alana and son Ryan; the family of his second son Benson (Phuong) Yee and their daughter Kiri; the family of his youngest son Cleon (Grace) Yee MD and their son Cyrus; and the family of his youngest daughter Lily (Tadashi) Yee and their three daughters Mirin, Emiko and Aratani.

Services will be held on Wednesday, July 28, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. with a brief tour an hour beforehand at Larkin Mortuary, 260 E South Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84111. Masks are required and provided when needed . Everyone is invited to celebrate the life of Jack Nam Yee.

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Published by The Salt Lake Tribune July 21 to July 22, 2021.

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