Memorial set for "Yato"

The local soccer community has lost another member with the passing of Chris “Yato” Carniato on May 6.

This from the website:

Christian Michael Carniato May 24, 1962 – May 6, 2010 Chris “Yato” Carniato passed away in his sleep on May 6, a few weeks shy of his 48th birthday. Yato was loved by many and will be missed by all who knew him.

Yato was passionate about soccer, especially his beloved Barça. His playing career as a goalkeeper brought him to SRJC and SSU, Hawaii Tsunami (USISL), and included a stint abroad in Holland. After his playing career, Yato went into coaching. Through his involvement with numerous local soccer clubs, high schools, and colleges, Yato inspired and impacted the lives of hundreds of players.

Yato’s legacy in the lives of his friends off the soccer field, however, surpasses his impact on it. He was a loyal friend to many. Few people could light up a room like Yato. He will be fondly remembered for his unwavering zest for life, his sense of humor, his love for drama and storytelling, ‘slashing and burning’ in the kitchen, and his legendary July 4th fireworks production.

Yato was predeceased by his father Jim and sister Leslie. He is survived by his mother Jeannine Johnson, sister Serena Carniato-Hirsch, brother in law Seamus Hirsch, niece Nova and nephew Ronin Hirsch, grandmother Harriet Carniato, aunt Judy Ingalls, and his much beloved Lucy.

A memorial celebrating Yato’s life is being planned. A memorial fund has also been set up through Wells Fargo Bank.


And this followup from Andrew Ziemer:

Hello all,

As promised, I wanted to follow up on the Christian Carniato Memorial next Friday (May 21).

We will be having it at Sonoma Academy in the gymnasium at 7 p.m.

Please forward this flyer to anyone who knew Yato.

It would be great if any kids who attend can come in the their uniform. There is plenty of space and we would like as many people who were coached by Yato to come as possible.

Remember about the website :

Please go and read the blog, check out the photos and if you feel the need to add something, do so.

You can also donate to the Christian Carniator Memorial Fund from this website or bring a donation to the Memorial.

Please stay in touch and please be sure to forward this to anyone who Yato coached or people who knew Yato.

Stay in touch,

Andrew Ziemer