Brent D. Yocom

Obituary for Brent Douglas Yocom (March 3, 1977 – May 15, 2023)

Brent Douglas Yocom passed away on Monday, May 15th, in his beloved adopted city of San Francisco, from pulmonary failure brought on by the effects of Long Covid. An artist, web designer, lover of music, and loyal friend, he is deeply missed by all.

Born on March 3, 1977, in Reading, Pennsylvania, he attended Daniel Boone District schools and was graduated from Daniel Boone Area High School in 1995 where he played on the soccer, bowling, and track and field teams; he also belonged to the ski and snowboarding club. A member of Birdsboro Boy Scout Troop 595, he received the Eagle Scout Award in 1994 and the James E. West Fellowship Award in 2001.

Brent loved the outdoors and looked forward to family vacations on the ski slopes of New Hampshire and Colorado, and on the beaches of North Carolina’s Outer Banks. Bear Creek Lake in the Poconos was special to him as well. His granduncle Randall Boyer taught him to sail there, and Brent served as a counselor at Bear Creek Camp, a Lutheran camp, nearby.

In 1999, Brent was graduated from Kutztown University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Communication Design. He was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity.

Brent’s talent for drawing appeared early and led him, eventually, to digital artistry. For over twenty years, in both Pennsylvania and California, he worked in user interface (UI) and user experience (UX), designing websites and mobile applications for companies such as Zelle, Wells Fargo, Yodlee, and Apple. At Zelle, he developed the user interface for the now widely-used application that gives businesses and individuals the ability to transfer money instantly between banking institutions.

Music, sports, and friends were his passions. In August 1999, Brent and two friends founded Digital Movement, Inc., that brought people together—sometimes as many as 3,000—to dance in the Reading to Philadelphia area of southeast Pennsylvania. He served as event producer and visual designer. Coming from a diverse background in techno, punk, and multi-genre music, Brent performed as “DJ Clockwork,” spinning records for Digital Movement in both techno and trance. Although Digital Movement, Inc., ended around 2010, many in this community of friends still keep in touch, thanks to Brent who worked the message boards and online lists. When Brent moved to California, he continued to spin records at friends’ parties. He was a major producer and visual designer of the record album “The Truth Is Even Darker” by Shogun Assason and Kinetic 9 from the Wu-Tang affiliated group, Killarmy.

Concerned that the history of early trance and techno music would be lost as CDs began to replace vinyl, Brent set out to collect the LP records of the music he loved. Friends donated their records to his project, and Brent archived over a decade of music that might, otherwise, have been lost.

Brent launched the Eagles fan group, The 700 Level-West Coast, at the Northstar Café in his North Beach neighborhood of San Francisco. He recruited folks to join, and he built a community of friends who, like him, wanted to celebrate their Philadelphia roots and support their treasured Philadelphia teams.

He was a longtime member of the “Bay Area Gooners,” a group of Arsenal soccer team supporters that he joined in 2011. Many knew him as the first Gooner they ever met because he regularly greeted new Gooners at Maggie McGarry’s Irish Pub and made them feel at home. In addition to being a sports fan, Brent also played kickball on a local team.

He enlisted his friends to help at his fundraising events for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

An eclectic reader, he enjoyed children’s literature and cartoons as well as poetry, Buddhist teachings, and science fiction. His books, especially those by the Beat poets who were legends in his North Beach neighborhood, were his prized possessions. Chess also fascinated him. Friends tried to beat him when they played together, but few could; one of them carved him a chess set. He loved to travel; he traveled all over Europe and was even able to go to the World Cup in Brazil.

Brent was known for creating communities, making people welcome, and keeping track of neighbors and friends and their families. People called him “The Mayor of North Beach” because, when they walked in Brent’s neighborhood with him, they could not walk more than five feet without someone calling out, “Hey, Brent! How’re you doing?” Even people who were just visiting San Francisco for a few days would make sure to look Brent up when they returned.

Friends describe Brent as funny and gregarious, a welcoming presence, a “shirt off the back” friend, a person for whom nothing was too much of an ask. He was always available for a phone call or a warm hug; he always made time for friends in need. He talked with friends James Knight and Patrick Ahern every day, and they called themselves “The Three Musketeers.” Brent’s many friends will celebrate the love and joy he spread among them at several gatherings: at an Arsenal watch party in Maggie’s Pub, at the first Eagles watch party at Northstar Café, and in his North Beach neighborhood. Northstar Café also plans to make and display a “Yocom” jersey in their “700 Level-West Coast” room.

Brent Douglas Yocom was predeceased by his grandparents, Norman D. and Betty Keck Yocom and Roy A. and Elizabeth (Betty) Hicks Mortensen, as well as his eldest aunt, June Mortensen Keller. He is survived by his parents, Douglas N. Yocom and Nancy Mortensen Yocom; his brothers Kyle S. Yocom and wife Lyndsey, and R. Ryan Yocom and wife Kelly; his grandaunt Gladys Yocom Metka, husband William, and family; his aunts and uncles Margaret R. Yocom and husband John Slack, Janet Y. Byerly and husband Timothy, Diane Y. Supplee and husband David, and Larry Mortensen and wife Kathy; his cousins Drew Leck and wife Jennifer, Jacquelyn Supplee Meyer and husband Drew, Chrissy Giorgio, David R. Keller, and Dawn Keller; his nieces and nephews Addison, Parker, and Hutson Yocom, Robert and Luke Yocom; his cousins’ children Jackson and Westley Leck, Valkyrie Meyer, David R. Keller, Jr. and Madava Rahn; and his many loving friends.

Funeral services at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Douglassville, PA, will be private.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Brent Yocom’s name to Hawk Mountain Council of the Boy Scouts of America, 5027 Pottsville Pike, Reading, PA 19605, and to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, Clare Lorio Sr. Manager, Walk MS, National MS Society. 804.591.3037.

Arrangements are being provided by Evergreen Mortuary of McAvoy O’Hara, San Francisco, CA, and Schumacher & Benner Funeral Home & Crematory of Pottstown, PA.

Website links:

-- “The Truth is Even Darker”

-- Hawk Mountain Council

--Multiple Sclerosis Society

All services for Brent D. Yocom will be kept private at the request of the family.