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Yolanda Tamplin
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Yolanda Tamplin (née Olivarez), age 67, passed away surrounded by family at Hoffman Hospice Home in Bakersfield, CA on Thursday, March 15, 2018.

Born February 27, 1951 in San Juan, TX, Yolanda was the second of three children born to Antonio and Olivia Olivarez. In her youth, the Olivarez family relocated to Arvin, CA where Yolanda grew up. Her creativity, intelligence, and work ethic were hallmarks of her life. She had a passion for music, a love that that she would pass on to her daughters. She would spend hours listening to records and attending dances with her friends. Memories from this time in her life would forever stay close to her heart and she would share them with loved ones throughout her life. Yolanda graduated from Arvin High School as a member of the class of 1969. Following high school, Yolanda stayed close to home near her parents, sister, and brother. She worked with her sister early in her career and enjoyed spending time with her siblings and their children.

Yolanda met her husband, Lawrence Tamplin, when they became colleagues at Mazzie Farms in 1972. Their friendship became a marriage in 1977 and they created their home together in Bakersfield, CA. Over the next 40 years, they challenged each other as equals and built their marriage on the foundations of friendship and love. They focused their lives to raising their three daughters: Christina, Monica, and Alexandra. The bond and support that grew between Yolanda and Lawrence over their 40-year commitment to each other serves as an example for their daughters. Their love continues on to a new generation when Yolanda and Lawrence were able to celebrate the birth of their first grandchild, Cooper.
Yolanda, who took great joy in her role as loving mother, was actively involved in all of her daughters’ activities. She served as classroom mother, Girl Scout Troop leader, band mom, and more titles than can be listed. She rarely missed any recital, trip, competition, or ceremony. Her passion to keep family at the center of her life did not stop at her daughters; it expanded to her nieces and nephews. Yolanda enjoyed building the most memorable experiences she could for her family and their friends. She went out of her way to add special touches to any event from crafts and costumes to her beautiful cakes to her heartfelt cards filled with her beautiful handwriting. She encouraged all the children in her life to strive for greatness. She was a loving, gracious force for all the people she cared for.

Yolanda, who would say she was not the biggest risk taker, took her fair share of risks in her life. She took her first airplane flight to Puerto Rico in high school, helped teach English to immigrants, and performed in academic competitions. As an adult, she herded a group of Girl Scouts through stormy Washington, D.C, braved cross country flights to NYC and Maryland, tried new foods, learned new skills, and encouraged her daughters to take chances themselves. Yolanda is considered by those that knew her to be tough, brave, and strong. This was seen throughout her life, especially in the way she handled her illness late in life. She strived to make her life full and memorable and fought for what she felt was important.

Yolanda was preceded in death by her parents Antonio and Olivia Olivarez and her brother, Tony. She is survived by her husband, Lawrence Tamplin, and their daughters; Christina, Monica (Gabe), and Alexandra (Brad); grandsons Cooper and Hunter; sister Ninfa (Jose); sister-in-law Roxanna (Laney); her cat Sugar; nieces and nephews and many friends.

The funeral service will be held Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at 11:00am at Arvin Funeral Home, 600 Tucker Street, Arvin, CA.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to Hoffman Hospice House (https://www.hoffmannhospice.org/ways-to-give/memorial-gifts/), who provided care for both Yolanda and her family, or the Lewy Body Dementia Association (https://www.lbda.org/donate) which provides education and research into this disease.


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