SALISBURY, Md. — Joseph Martin Yambrick of Salisbury, MD, passed away on April 1, 2017, at George Washington University Hospital, Washington, D.C.
Joe was born on August 23, 1938, in Spelter to Michael and Virginia Yambrick.
He graduated from Victory High School in Clarksburg in 1956 and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Fairmont State College in 1960. Joe enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1960, serving in the Mediterranean Sea aboard the Sixth Fleet’s flagship, the USS Des Moines. After an honorable discharge in 1962, he served in the Naval Reserve until 1966. During this time, he was recalled to active duty to serve on the USS The Sullivans during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Joe joined Marriott in 1964 as a manager for Hot Shoppes restaurants.
During his time with Marriott, Joe also served as a manager for one of the first Roy Rogers fast food restaurants, as the food service manager at Gallaudet College and as the food service general manager at the FBI Academy in Quantico, VA. In 1979, he relocated to Texas, where he served as the food service director at the Federal Reserve Bank in Dallas and at Texas Christian University. In 1981, he took a 7-year hiatus from Marriott to go into private business, owning two beverage stores in Fort Worth.
In 1988, Joe rejoined Marriott and returned to Maryland to serve as the food service general manager at the National 4-H Council. He retired from Marriott-Sodexo in 2000.
Joe was preceded in death by parents, Michael and Virginia; two brothers, John and George; and one sister, Margaret Traugh.
Survivors include daughter, Dominique Gallo Heeg (Dathan) of Ocean Pines, MD; son, Michael (Lisa) of Crofton, MD; and two grandchildren, Melanie and Joseph Gallo.
He will be cremated and buried alongside his parents in Holy Cross Cemetery in Clarksburg. Gravesite funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. April 29, 2017.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in his name to the Purple Heart Foundation or the American Cancer Society.