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Ethan R Yancey

April 2, 2020


Ethan R Yancey, 23, of Newark, Delaware (previously of Searsmont, Maine), died April 2, 2020 in a tragic motorcycle accident. He was born in Red Bank, NJ in 1996 to parents Kelley Cram and Les Yancey.

He graduated Christiana High School in 2015 and was a proud member of the Viking Marching Band, Steel Band, Stage Crew and the Lacrosse Team and enjoyed sharing those loves with his brother Zack and many friends who became family. From rehearsals and competitions, sneaking across the street for a Wawa run, to “one more run through” he grew into a smart, funny, kind-hearted young man, always willing to help others. Team dinners after Lacrosse games where he could joke with his teammates were some of his favorite times. There are many special moms, dads, teachers, staff and forever friends that he has gained along the way from those experiences at Christiana.

He attended University of Delaware where he was part of the Alpha Phi class of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia – Xi Mu Chapter as well as the UD Fightin’ Blue Hens Marching Band. Getting his acceptance into the UDMB was one of the things Ethan was most proud of. Being part of that band family, he blossomed into a wonderful musician, from running the stands during 3rd quarter football games, Space Jam on the way to Allentown, and breaking his hand with the winning catch in Ultimate Frisbee, he exuded friendship, dedication, and a zeal for life. Giving back to the community, and trips to Shady Maple with his fellow PMA brothers rounded out his vast group of friends that he enjoyed so much.

Going on adventures with the BEAM Team and the Squad were weekly highlights of his life.  He was quick-witted with a wicked sense of humor and an endless supply of puns and jokes and he was always smiling. Friends could always count on Ethan to lend a helping hand, an ear, or make them laugh.  He looked out for his friends and loved them fiercely. He loved fishing, clamming, swimming and tubing with family in Maine.

His favorite hobby was working on his 1990 Nissan 240 which he was in process of restoring. He was an Automotive Technician, and worked for a few local shops, but most recently worked at PowerSports East in Bear, DE on motorcycles, where he found such happiness, kindness, and true joy with the team there.

He is survived by his mother, Kelley Cram of Newark, his father Les Yancey of Florida and his brother Zack Yancey who is currently serving in the United States Navy; grandparents Diane and Doug Fiske of Medway ME and Skip and Carol Cram of East Millinocket, ME, several aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends too numerous to mention.

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