San Angelo, TX Plane Crash, Jul 1970

San Angelo Plane Crash Injures Four

San Angelo-Dr. Lloyd D. Vincent, president of Angelo State University, and Wayland Yates, a former Hardin-Simmons University news director were reported in good and fair condition, respectively, Thursday morning following a plane crash at a San Angelo airport Wednesday afternoon.

They are in Shannon Memorial Hospital, where two others involved in the crash were treated. Bedford P. Cain III, assistant to the president at Angelo State and a passenger in the aircraft, received minor injuries. Robert Burpo Sr. of San Angelo, the pilot, suffered head lacerations.

The light plane crashed shortly before 1:30 p.m. at Mathis Field, seconds after takeoff. The plane touched down on the Pan American Golf Course, adjacent to the airport, and rolled over several times. The plane was a total loss.

The flight had been scheduled for the men to take aerial photographs of the San Angelo area.

Yates, who has been associated with the ASU journalism department since Sept. 1, 1965, was a member of the H-SU public relations staff for six years.

A native of Taylor County and a graduate of Ovalo High School, he received a BA degree from H-SU in 1949.

He is the some of Mr. and Mrs. Arch Yates of 1318 N. 15th, and married Dorothy Kincaid, the daughter of Mrs. W.L. Kincaid of 1474 Minter Lane and the late Mr. Kincaid.

Before coming to Abilene, Yates was city editor for the Bog Spring Daily Herald for five years. He was also with the Wichita Falls Record News.
Abilene Reporter News, Abilene, TX 25 Jun 1970

Plane Crash Victim Yates Now Critical

Wayland Yates, Angelo State University journalism professor and former Abilenian, is now in critical condition at Shannon Memorial Hospital in San Angelo following injuries he received in a plane crash Wednesday afternoon.

Yates, who had been listed in fair condition since he was admitted to the hospital following the accident, underwent surgery Thursday morning, according to his mother, Mrs. Arch Yates of 1318 N. 15th, which revealed Yates sustained internal chest and abdominal injuries.

A hospital spokesman said late Thursday Yates had been in intensive care since surgery.

Also injured in the crash was ASU President Dr. Lloyd D. Vincent who was listed in good condition late Thursday. Bedford P. Cain III, assistant to the president at ASU, and the pilot Robert Burpo Sr. of San Angelo, also received minor injuries in the crash.

Yates, a native of Taylor County, was news director at Hardin Simmons University for six years.

Abilene Reporter News, Abilene, TX 26 Jun 1970

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Waylon Yates Dies of Crash Injuries

San Angelo-Wayland Yates, 47, former Hardin Simmons University news director who had served in the Angelo State University journalism department for five years, died in a San Angelo Hospital Friday afternoon.

Mr. Yates died of injuries received June 24 in a single airplane crash. He had been in critical condition since the accident which occurred shortly after takeoff at Mathis Field here.

Three other men were injured in the crash, including Dr. Lloyd D. Vincent, president of ASU.

Funeral will be at 3 p.m. Monday at the First United Methodist Church here with burial in Fairmount Cemetery under the direction of Johnson’s Funeral Home.

A former Big Spring Herald city editor, Mr. Yates was a member of the H-SU public relations staff for six years, 1959-1965.

Born Dec. 21, 1922 in Taylor County, he was a graduate of Ovalo High School and received a BA degree from H-SU in 1949.

Articles written by Mr. Yates have been widely published in newspapers in the southwest and in special interest magazines. He served at one time as a member of the public school text book selection committee.

Survivors include his wife, the former Dorothy Kincaid, the daughter of Mrs. W.L. Kincaid and 1474 Minter Lane in Abilene and the late Mr. Kincaid; one son, Kent of the home; two daughters, Kay and Diana, of the home; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Arch Yates of 1318 N. 15th in Abilene.

Abilene Reporter News, Abilene, TX 4 Jul 1970