Burnett B.Y. “Ben” Yee
Burnett B.Y. 88, passed away on April 17, 2020. He was born on May 2, 1931 to parents Kong Yin Yee and Lo Shee Yee, and was the youngest of 6 children. He was a child of 10 years old when he witnessed the bombing of Pearl Harbor, which led him to join the US Army in 1951. He was proud to serve his country, fought in the Korean War and worked for the US Government for almost 40 years.

Ben was a good, simple man who loved hunting. There was nothing he enjoyed more than roaming the mountains of Hawaii, Maui and Molokai hunting for deer, wild boar, pheasants and goats.

Ben's other passion was UH sports, mainly football. He was a huge supporter of the UH Football program for over 50 years and contributed to the program under 6 coaching regimes. Ben was one of UH football's most devoted and loyal fans and was instrumental in the founding and establishment of the Na Koa Booster Club. Since 1995, the Ben Yee Most Inspirational Player award was awarded to the football player who exemplifies courage and leadership; a fitting tribute to a most deserving man. He was a dedicated and positive presence to the organization and football team, no matter what era, and was someone who could always be counted on, rain or shine. Ben Yee was a true Rainbow Warrior.

Ben's constant, steadfast, honorable, unselfish and faithful spirit will be forever remembered by the many lives he touched. He always greeted everyone with a welcoming smile and a kind word. With his trademark flat top haircut and ever present toothpick in the corner of his mouth, he will be deeply missed by all who had the honor of knowing him.

He is survived by his brother Robert Yee of Cupertino, California and many nieces, nephews, friends, colleagues and those who considered him family.

His ashes will be inurned next to members of his family at the Diamond Head Memorial Park. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

Arrangements Provided By: Diamond Head Mortuary Chapel

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