Delton William Bates, 79, of Prairie City died Feb. 12 at his home.

June 13, 1923 - Feb. 12, 2003

Delton William Bates, 79, of Prairie City died Feb. 12 at his home.

He was born June 13, 1923, at Prairie City to William Joseph and Mamie Rose (Merritt) Bates. He was raised and educated at Prairie City, graduating from high school in 1941. While in school, he enjoyed playing basketball. He later attended Oregon State University in Corvallis for one semester.

On Dec. 5, 1953, he married Loreene Dee Franson at Prairie City.

Mr. Bates worked as a ranch hand for Garland Meador and Geniveve and Barbara Morgan, then was employed by Prairie Wood Products from 1976-91. He retired in 1991.

He enjoyed working and playing on his ranch, sports and the outdoors, fishing, reading, his grandchildren and their activities. He was a member of the Oddfellows Lodge. He joined the Grange as a teenager and was a member for more than 50 years.

Mr. Bates was born, married and passed away in the same home.

Mr. Bates is survived by his wife, Loreene Bates of Prairie City; two daughters and sons-in-law, Glenna and Darrell Stultz of Union and Linda and Ken Kowing of John Day; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Scott Bates of Burns and Joe and Marsha Bates of Yakima, Wash.; two sisters, Madeline Knapp of Sandy and Clarice Kelley of Nampa, Idaho; 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Margaret Coombs.

A memorial service will be held 4 p.m. Friday, April 4, at Living Word Christian Center in Mt. Vernon.

Memorial contributions can be made to Blue Mountain Hospital Home Health or the American Cancer Society.

Driskill Memorial Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

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