Born in St. Joseph, Missouri on December 6, 1915, Yoakum studied at Kansas City Art Institute, Jepson Institute, and University of Southern California. For 21 years he was a designer-scene painter in the movie industry, working for MGM on such films as "The Robe," "Some Like It Hot," "The King and I" and others. He also painted portraits of movie stars and worked on Disneyland attractions. He died in Sedona, Arizona on October 25, 1997.
National GI Exhibit (Santa Monica), 1948 (Grand Prize); Frye Museum (Seattle), 1958, 1963; Santa Monica Art Ass'n, 1948-49 (first prize); Riverside Art Ass'n, 1966 (3rd prize); Catalina AA, 1967-68 (awards); Hawthorne Art Festival, 1971 (2nd prize); Inglewood Art
Source: Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
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