Yancey Newman “Y.N.” Strait, Sr.

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Yancey Newman “Y.N.” Strait, Sr. of Streetman, Texas passed away on August 20, 2021 at the age of 71.  He was born on March 2, 1950 to John Joseph “Jack” and Dorothy Louise “Dotsie” (Newman) Strait in Cotulla, Texas. Y.N. married Cynthia Ann Wooley on April 16, 1976 in San Marcos, Texas with whom he had two children, Yancey and Callie.

Service Information: A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Friday, August 27, 2021 at First United Methodist Church, 201 N. Mount St., Fairfield, Texas 75840.  For those wishing to attend, a graveside service will be held at a later date at the Big Wells Cemetery in Big Wells, Texas.

Y.N. was born to a ranching family that has spanned five generations.  He graduated from Devine High School and Southwest Texas State University, magna cum laude. Y.N. started his career working for Devine Nuts, the family operated peanut processing business.  Thereafter, he worked in agricultural finance for 27 years in Carrizo Springs and Uvalde until he retired in 2011. Y.N.’s passion always resided in his cattle operation, Strait Ranches, that he carried on after the passing of his grandfather, Y.C. Strait, in 1972. Y.N. was a revered cattleman, but above all he was a family man.  Y.N. served on the Agricultural Advisory Committee for the Dimmit County Appraisal District, the Dimmit County Livestock Association and he was a District Director of the local Soil and Water Conservation District for over 30 years. He was also a longtime member at First United Methodist Church in Carrizo Springs, Texas.

He is survived by his wife, Cynthia Strait of Streetman, Texas; son, Yancey Strait, Jr. and wife, Heather of Prosper, Texas; daughter, Callie Loden and husband, Jake of Hockley, Texas; grandchildren, Avery Strait, Arden Strait, Piper Loden, and Penelope Loden; brothers, Mike Coyne and wife, Leah of Boerne, Texas, Greg Coyne and wife, Mindy of Hondo, Texas; sister, Cindy Woodland and husband, Sully of Bandera, Texas; and numerous other loving relatives and friends.

Y.N. was preceded in death by his parents, John Joseph “Jack” Strait and Dorothy Louise “Dotsie” and Frank M. “Chief” Coyne.

Memorial contributions may be made to National Santa Gertrudis Youth Foundation – Y.N. Strait Scholarship Fund, Santa Gertrudis Breeders International, P.O. Box 1257, Kingsville, Texas 78364.

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Condolence Messages

  1. Christy Fuchs Moran

    Dear Strait Family,
    Our hearts are broken with the news of Mr. Strait’s passing. He was a true gentleman, successful cattleman and humble, kind and generous soul. We will never forget all he as done for the Santa Gertrudis breed and legacy he has left. He was a dear friend to the Fuchs family and we are so glad that we share being part of the Santa Gertrudis family. May fond memories of all your times together help comfort you in the days ahead. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. May God wrap his arms around you during this challenging, sad time.
    With Sympathy,
    David, Christy, Madison and Dawson Moran

  2. Phil and Linda McAnelly

    Dearest Straits, YN was such an incredible man and all will miss him. We grieve with you in your loss, but we join you in honoring YN for a life well-lived! We know YN left you with many wonderful memories that will carry you all through the many times you all will miss him. May God give you all comfort!!

  3. I pray the comfort & grace from our Father be with your family at such a difficult time. The more we love them, the harder to lose them.

  4. Myron & Neva Saathoff

    Lots of shared memories of earlier days (High School and Devine Nuts)….A kind and sweet cowboy……
    Our prayers and thoughts for Cynthia, Yancey, Callie and families.
    May Y’all be comforted by the covering of GOD’s grace and love…. and your many sweet memories.
    Our love,
    Myron, Neva (Muennink) Saathoff

  5. Virginia Guajardo

    My heartfelt condolences on the loss of your husband, father, grandfather and brother…may our Heavenly Father comfort you and your family…sending love and prayers…He washe was cute a senior and i was a junior in high school…i share this because he was assigned to be my tudor for Algebra…i had no clue what x or y stood for …all the other girls wanted me to trade …he was well liked by everyone …
    With Love to you and your family
    Virginia Guajardo

  6. Kirsten Schneider-Riojas

    Dear Strait Family:
    I am so sad to hear about YN. He and Cynthia opened their home to me when I was a young, lost teenager. I will never forget all you have done for me.
    He is now your guardian angel, watching over you from heaven. Hold on to your memories… he still lives through you.
    God bless.
    Kirsten Schneider-Riojas

  7. Greg, Charlotte and Katie Todd

    Callie, Jake, Piper and Penelope,

    We wish you the peace the surpasses all understanding that only the Father can bring you. We love you and are praying for your comfort. Your Dad must have been a very special man, Callie.

  8. paul bain martin

    I only knew YN as a young man, but a young man of a very pleasant demeanor of integrity. I know he will be dearly missed. … My deep condolences to the Coyne & Strait family and all of the family and friends. Love, paul bain martin

  9. Dear Strait Family

    I pray for peace, understanding, comfort, and strength that can only come from our Lord and Savior.
    I will also pray for your difficult journey to a process to move closer to our Lord.
    I find comfort knowing I have my very own guardian Angel after Will’s passing – I hope y’all too find comfort.

    God Bless each of you,
    Jody Elrod

  10. My Dear Cynthia,
    I sincerely wish you peace to bring you comfort. I know that you are surrounded by love and strength with your beautiful family beside you. May God bless you all.
    Ann Speer

  11. When I found out about YN I immediately thought of the rest of his family. Terrible sad news! Great person and will be greatly missed! Rest In Peace Cowboy! Much love to the StrIt family!

  12. Dear Cynthia and family. Apologize for not reaching out at the time YN passed. It’s never too late to let you and your precious family know prayers continue to sustain you through the days ahead. You are an awesome Lady. With love. Lynda Center.

  13. Theresa and Walter Baker

    Dear Cynthia, I know it is a little late however my thoughts and prayers have been with you since hearing about Y. N. going to Heaven. As you know, I had the privilege of working with Y. N. at Devine Nuts. He was a very kind, polite and thoughtful young Man at that time. I am sure that he touched the lives of all who knew him. Please know that my prayers are with you all. We will see him in Heaven and have a reunion. God Bless you dear Cynthia. Sincerely, Theresa Baker

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