David Chan Yoo

David Chan Yoo

August 3, 1936 – February 18, 2023

Beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, and friend to many, David Chan Yoo, 86, died Saturday, February 18, 2023, in Omaha, Nebraska.

David Chan Yoo, the first-born son of Ha Young Yoo and Nam Soon Kim, was born in the Jon Do Ri Village in San Yang-Myun, Mun Kyung-Kun, Kyung Buk-Do, Kung San-Do Province, South Korea, a direct descendant of Yoo Seong Yong, a scholar-official and prime minister of the Joseon Lee Dynasty of Korea. David’s village is designated an official UNESCO historical site.

David was accepted into highly-ranked elementary, middle, and high schools in Kyung San Buk Do Province and the most prestigious University in Korea, Seoul National University, where he earned his BA degree in political science. Upon graduation, David worked for Korea’s Department of National Defense and was assigned to research and draft the National Security Council Act for the President. In 1962, he received an overseas research student scholarship award, and his journey to America began. David met Judith Blair Bryant while both attended Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. She was his dream girl. They quickly fell in love and were married on October 20, 1964.

In 1965, he received his Master of Arts degree in political science with a minor in economics from Brigham Young University. David and Judi were blessed with the addition of two daughters and two sons to their family.

David had a successful career in management for the Department of Information Technology at Union Pacific Railroad for over 30 years. After his retirement, he returned to Korea. He became the Vice President and CIO of Information Technology for Hyundai Semiconductor and Electronics and Executive VP and CIO of Trigem Computer Corp.

David was proud of his Korean heritage and traditions. He preserved the Pung San Yoo family genealogical records and found great joy in maintaining the Omaha Yoo Genealogy Website. He loved collecting family photos and creating videos to preserve family memories. He enjoyed his daily exercise routine at LifeTime Fitness.

David has shown us all the power of the human mind and spirit to persevere through life’s challenges and achieve your goals. One of his best qualities was his kind, compassionate heart, and ability to give unconditional love to his family and friends. He had a beautiful soul and saw the good in every person. He was a teacher at heart, always learning, seeking wisdom, and sharing his knowledge with others. He touched the hearts of many people. He will be missed dearly.

He is survived by his wife, Judi Yoo; daughter, Jennifer Pond, and husband, Mike Pond; daughter, Christine Wells, and husband, Aaron Wells; son, David Yoo, and wife, Patti Connealy-Rotert; and son, Jason Yoo, and wife, Rebecca Yoo; grandchildren: Megan Maxwell and husband Josh Maxwell, Jake Wells and wife KaLene Wells, Brandon Pond and wife Clara Pond, Savannah Burrup and husband Weston Burrup, Andrew Pond, Michelle Pond, Brady Yoo, Davis Yoo, Emma Yoo, Eric Yoo, Zachary Rotert, and Nicholas Rotert; great-grandchildren: Madison, Ariana, and Sophie Maxwell, Everett, Harvey, and Ellis Wells, and Azalia Burrup; brothers: Steve Hyo Yoo and wife Chang Yoo, and Bruce Tek Woo Yoo and wife Ok Joo Yoo; sister, Chansoon; nephew, Simon Yoo, and wife, Amber Yoo; nieces: Natalie Gerdes, husband Brian Gerdes, and children Cade and Jonah; Michelle Johnson, husband Michael Johnson, and children Penelope and Owen Johnson; Monica Yoo, husband Ben Davis, and child Oliver Davis.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ha Young Yoo and Nam Soon Kim, and sister, Ki Soon.

We would like to extend our gratitude to everyone who has reached out to us since David’s passing. Your kind words, stories shared, and every form of support has warmed our hearts.

There will be a private family gathering to honor and celebrate the life of David Chan Yoo on Saturday, February 25, 2023. The family requests no flowers.


  • Ray Miller Posted February 23, 2023 12:20 pm

    Judi and family:
    Jim Schwien and I and Bill Deabler(St. Louis) worked together with David on ‘OnDemand’ project. He was a great guy to work with. He certainly will be missed. So sorry for your loss. We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Bob Hughes Posted February 24, 2023 8:03 am

    Judi and family,
    I had the pleasure of knowing David while I worked at Union Pacific. It always brightened my day when I had a chance to talk with him at work. I remember him explaining to me how the writing symbols were written. He was a wonderful man.

  • Marvin Tridle Posted February 24, 2023 2:29 pm

    A kind and gentle person.

  • Dave Cavanaugh Posted February 24, 2023 5:07 pm

    My sincere condolences. I considered Dave a friend. He was a good man.

  • Dr. Donna L. Polk Posted February 26, 2023 12:16 pm

    I was stunned to learn of David’s passing. He played such a critical role in the development of the IT system for Nebraska Urban Indian Health Coalition, Inc. I am grateful for the time I was able to spend with his wife Judi and other family members throughout the years. David was a good person.

  • Jason T Ohr, MD Posted February 26, 2023 10:53 pm

    Please accept my sincere condolences.

  • Ruth and Harvie Turner Posted March 2, 2023 7:13 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Many prayers and thoughts go out to the Whole family

  • Nancy Fullwood Posted March 4, 2023 5:11 pm

    Remembering David , missing him, and wishing the best for all family members. My first meeting David was with Dr Donna Polk and their work with the Native American Community.. David a fine gentleman who is deeply missed. Peace be with you all.

  • Diane Schmitz- Policky Posted March 7, 2023 10:45 am

    I am so sorry about your loss. Take care.

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