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Elder Delbert Tolton Goates

Logan, Cache County, Utah, USA
Death 19 Apr 2000 (aged 68)
Blackburn, Blackburn with Darwen Unitary Authority, Lancashire, England
Burial Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Memorial ID 74768749 · View Source
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Missionary Who Died While Serving

"But behold, from among the righteous, he [Christ] organized his forces and appointed messengers, clothed with power and authority, and commissioned them to go forth and carry the light of the gospel to them that were in darkness, even to all the spirits of men; and thus was the gospel preached to the dead." (Doctrine and Covenants section 138 verse 30). A vision given to L.D.S. President and Prophet Joseph F. Smith on October 3, 1918.


Delbert Tolton Goates, M.D., born April 14, 1932, Logan, Utah, died April 19, 2000 in Blackburn, England. Cause of death was a massive brain hemorrhage caused by a fall experienced while serving an LDS mission with his wife, Julie Anderson Goates.

Dr. Goates received his medical degree from the University of Utah in 1953. He completed an internship at Rochester General Hospital in Rochester, New York, and a residency at the University of Nebraska, Nebraska Psychiatric Institute in Omaha, Nebraska. After completing his schooling, he worked as the Coordinator of Children's Services at Bernalillo County Mental Health Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He then moved to Salt Lake City and worked as the Clinical Director-Outpatient at Primary Children's Medical Center. Upon leaving Primary Children's Medical Center, Dr. Goates opened a private practice, where he saw patients for the next 20 years. He was the Chief of Psychiatry at Rivendell Psychiatric Hospital and at Briteway Adolescent Hospital in St. George. He was a pioneer in the diagnosis and treatment of ADD/ADHD in children.A faithful member of the LDS Church, Dr. Goates served a mission to Sweden, served as a Bishop for the LDS Church in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and a member of the Stake presidency of the University of Utah Married Student Stake. At the time of his death, he was serving a mission with his wife, Julie, in the England, Manchester mission.

Dr. Goates loved to read, and was literate in virtually every subject. He loved the outdoors, particularly the mountains. He has been a guest lecturer at over eight universities. He is the author of the Bookcraft publication, From Playpens to Proving Grounds, and a speaker on the Covenant Recording "The Eternal Family".

Dr. Goates is survived by his wife, Julie; his mother, Roma Tolton Goates; and his sister, Louise Burns, all of Salt Lake City, Utah. He is also survived by eight children: JeaNette Goates Smith, of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida; Byron Goates of Salt Lake City, Utah; Rebecca Goates Potts of Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania; Alan Goates of Encinitas, California; Paul Goates of Renton, Washington; Jonathan Goates of Salt Lake City, Utah; Kendra Goates Hada of Provo, Utah; and George Milton Goates, currently serving an LDS mission in The Dominican Republic Santo Domingo South Mission. Dr. Goates is also survived by four step children: Bonnie Anderson of Moab, Utah; Ben Foulk of Tokyo, Japan; Jason Foulk of Washington, D.C.; and Janet Ramos of Salt Lake City, Utah. Dr. Goates has 12 grandsons and three granddaughters. All survivors mourn Delbert's passing with the deepest, most poignant grief imaginable and pray for a loving reunion in the eternities.

Funeral services will be held at noon on Saturday, April 29th at the Mt. Olympus 2nd ward LDS Chapel on 3862 E. Oakview Drive. A viewing will commence at 10 a.m. in the same building (Deseret News, Wednesday, April 26, 2000).





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  • Find A Grave Memorial 74768749
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Elder Delbert Tolton Goates (14 Apr 1932–19 Apr 2000), Find A Grave Memorial no. 74768749, citing Larkin Sunset Lawn Cemetery, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by Carl W. McBrayer (contributor 46558074) .