Frank Donald Yost
YOST, FRANK DONALD (DON), 94, born on June 23, 1927, in Minneapolis, M.N., died June 18, 2022, in Fletcher, N.C. Equipped with an M.A. from American University and a Ph.D. in religious journalism from Syracuse University, he dedicated his life to the Seventh-day Adventist Church. After a pastoral internship, he worked on the Missionary Volunteer Kit magazine. In the 1960s, Don and his wife, Lois, moved with their children to Southern California, where they both taught at Newbury Park Academy. In 1965, after completing classwork for his journalism degree in Syracuse, N.Y., the family moved to Southern Missionary College (now Southern Adventist University) where Don taught until receiving a call to move back to the Washington, D.C. area as a book and magazine editor for the General Conference. In 1970, he was the first editor of Insight magazine for youth. When the Archives of the Adventist Church was formally established in 1973, Don became its first director, and continued in that role until his retirement in 1995. After retirement, he served for several years with the Office of Adventist Mission, working with population and church membership statistics in various parts of the world. He remained a student of church doctrines and published a volume on sanctification entitled, Holiness: The Art of Letting Go, supported by a website he created and maintained with the help of a few generous colleagues. Don wished for everyone to know the experience and privilege of a continuous walk with God, growing more Christ-like each day. Don was preceded in death by Lois, his loving wife of 63 years; his
father, Frank H. Yost, a seminary professor and part of the Religious Liberty department at the General Conference; and his mother, Esther Yost, who also served the GC as secretary to several church leaders. Don is survived by his son Robert (Bob) Yost (Emily); a daughter, Patricia Ritter (Stuart); five grandsons, David Reimche (Jennifer), Jonathan Yost (Jennifer), Michael Reimche, Benjamin Yost, Stephen Reimche (Gwen); and three great-grandsons, Parker, Lincoln and Zachary.