Joshua Barrett Yellen

Joshua Barrett Yellen, EdD, LAT, ATC

April 18, 1974 – January 23, 2023

Joshua “Josh” Yellen was a devoted husband, father, son, son-in-law, brother, uncle, cousin, teacher, mentor, colleague, and friend. He left the world too soon on Monday, January 23, 2023 as a result of complications from brain cancer at age 48.  Josh and his beloved wife, Jessica, had just celebrated their 24th wedding anniversary in the loving presence of their children, Mathew and Rebekah.

Josh was born in Los Angeles, California to Andrew and Heidi Yellen on April 18, 1974. He grew up in Granada Hills, attended Kennedy High School, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from California State University, Northridge in 1999. He earned his Master of Arts degree in Kinesiology from California State University, Long Beach in 2004. Josh continued his service to the profession as Program Director and Clinical Coordinator of the CAATE Accredited Athletic Training program at Southeastern Louisiana University. He completed his doctoral studies in Educational Leadership in 2012 and became the founding Director of the CAATE Accredited Master of Athletic Training Program and Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Houston. It was also one of his greatest joys to support the Astronaut Strength, Conditioning, and Rehabilitation (ASCR) group at NASA for over a decade. Josh was a fiercely dedicated leader and contributor within the field of Athletic Training and higher education. He felt blessed to be able to work with and beside the very best in education and health care.

Josh was the embodiment of the Yiddish word, mensch, someone of the highest integrity and honor. His extraordinary ability to engage, inspire, and connect through his quick wit, intellect, and genuine care for others were some of his most memorable qualities. Josh was unwavering in his loyalty and devotion to his family and friends. He leaves behind a lifetime of treasured memories with all those who had the benefit of knowing him.

Josh is survived by his wife, Jessica; two children, Mathew and Rebekah; father, Andrew; and sister, Erit. He is preceded in death by his mother, Heidi. Josh leaves behind a large family who loved him deeply including his aunts, uncle, cousins, in-laws, niece and nephews, and childhood friends who became brothers.

Funeral services will be held on Sunday, February 5 at 1:00 p.m. at Pacific View Cemetery in Corona del Mar, California. A Memorial service to honor Josh’s life will be held in the Houston area – details to be announced. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to any of the following:

  • Go Fund Me in honor of Josh:
  • MD Anderson Cancer Center Neuro-Oncology research:
  • University of Houston Master of Athletic Training program


  1. Dear Jessica,

    Sending peace and love to you and your family. I am so sorry for this loss. It was obvious from the pictures you shared he loved you and your children deeply. He will now be your guardian angel forever. Rest in Peace Joshua.

    Laurie Brown
  2. Harold and I send our love and condolences during this difficult time. Josh was a friend to all and never met a stranger. He was truly a “mensch”.
    Our hearts are with you!
    Laurie and Harold Brandt

    Laurie Brandt
  3. I am devastated along with rest of the family. May Josh Rest In Peace and I hope the family will recover from this heart breaking loss.
    Love, Bobbie

    Bobbie Fink
  4. I am so happy that we were able to all be together the last few days! I am heartbroken for the entire family, friend colleagues and students. ❤️‍🩹

    Laura Mandas
  5. Josh left us all far too soon as he still had so much more to give to his family,
    students, profession and friends. Our heartfelt condolences go to Jessica, Matt and Bekah and their families. RIP my son!

    Jerry/Ellen Bornstein
  6. May Josh’s name be remembered for blessing!

    Rabbi Gene Levy
  7. It is with profound sadness and a great loss to all of us who knew Josh. May his memory be a blessing.
    Sherry and Michael Raber

    Sherry and Michael Raber
  8. I am deeply and profoundly sorry for your loss. I’m so moved by all the wonderful words from friends. Unfortunately, I never had the pleasure of meeting Josh in person, but he did reach out to me on Ancestry. Sorry I didn’t get to meet him in this lifetime. Somehow though, I feel very connected to him. Life is eternal. Surely we will meet in the next one.

    Marilyn Yellen Kane
  9. Praying for you and your family, dear Jessica! Your friends and family love you very much.

    Vivian Turner
  10. Dear Jessica and Rebekah and Matthew

    I wish you all strength during this tough time. Love to you all

    David Spivak
  11. Dear Jessica and Family, Robin and I are so sorry for your lost, Robin and Josh shared a special relationship, they both were treated at Md Anderson and met at the PROTON clinic, we were present when he rang the bell and though Robin was still being treated he would continually reach out to her giving his love and support. We had the opportunity to meet with him and his dad in April of last year and have lunch and enjoy each others company as we wish each family well until we meet again, his passing his heart felt and he will be truly missed. Please know you’re in our prayers.

    Kevin Hollins/Robin Hollins
  12. Helen and I are are so sad to hear about Josh.Our entire family mourns for him sends our love to the Yellen family. You are in our prayer’s and thoughts.

    Joel and Helen Bergenfeld

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