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Donald P. “Don” Bates

  • Birth 28 May 1928 Rigby, Jefferson County, Idaho, USA
  • Death 27 Nov 2010 Ontario, Malheur County, Oregon, USA
  • Burial Unknown
  • Memorial ID 62284706

Obituary, published Wednesday, December 1, 2010 in the Argus Observer:

Donald P. Bates

May 28, 1928 - Nov. 27, 2010


Donald P. Bates was born on May 28, 1928, in Rigby, Idaho, to Solomon Lee and Mary Vernetta ‘Nettie' Peterson Bates and passed away Nov. 27, 2010, in Ontario, Ore. He was 82 years old.

He was the youngest of nine children. He was raised in Pocatello, Idaho. He attended Idaho State University where he received his Bachelor of Communications and also his Master's in Education Administration.

He married Beth Sibbett on April 7, 1951, and had one daughter, Loralee (David Crookston). Beth preceded him in death on Nov. 15, 1963. He then married Rebecca ‘Becky' Lynn Bake Mower on April 10, 1964. She brought into the marriage two children, Natalie Kaye Mower (Forest Aguirre) and Nathan Neil Mower (Carolyn Mower). Together Don and Becky had 11 children, Melanie Anne (Rudy Castillo), Nancy Michelle (David Hyde), Stephanie Dawn Whipple, Karen Leslie (Darren McCabe), Kendal Donn (Sharlee Bates), Kathryn Leigh (Kelly Campbell), Kristie Lynne (Brent Arnold), Shari Jill (Danny Melendez), Nettie Suzanne (Bryce McBride), Jennie Laureen (Garth Woodruff) and Tamara Nicole Bates. Don and Becky divorced in 1999.

Don was given the gift of music and learned to use his voice to bring joy into others' lives. Bruce Walker once said "He has one of the finest baritone voices I've ever heard." Don passed his gift and love of music onto his children. Don was an English and Drama teacher at Nyssa High School for many years. He resigned in 1983 and sold insurance and was a substitute teacher until he reached retirement age.

Special thanks given to our sisters Nancy, Stephanie, Kathryn and Shari who gave so much of their time and efforts to help care for our dad in the last years of his life and to the Aaron Brook Assisted Living Care Center in Ontario, Ore., where Don lived for the past three years. The staff there often told us he was their favorite resident. Deepest thanks to our mom Becky. We love you mom!

Don was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Jack, Louis, Harley and Harold; and also by his sisters, Mary Helen, Leta Gladys, and Evelyn Leona.

Don is survived by his sister, Norma; ex-wife, Becky; his 12 children; two step-children; 61 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren; along with many of his extended family.

There will be a viewing today from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Lienkemper chapel in Nyssa (207 Ehrgood Ave). His funeral will be held Thursday at 3 p.m. in the Nyssa LDS Church on Park Ave.

The family will receive friends in the Relief Society room of the Nyssa LDS Church Thursday from 2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. A family prayer will be held at 2:45 p.m. He will be buried next to his first wife, Beth on Friday at 3 p.m. in Soda Springs, Idaho. Arrangements are under the direction of Lienkaemper Chapel.

This was my Great-uncle Don Bates, who was the brother of my grandmother, M. Helen Reade. I remembered that he had a lot of children, and I vaguely remember a visit with his family at Grandma's house when I was much younger.

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