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Charles Bates
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Charles (Chuck) Owen Bates, 77, died Tuesday Aug. 10 after a long and hard fought battle with Peripheral Vascular Disease. He passed away at his home in Farmington, CA surrounded by his loving family.

He was born Feb. 21, 1933 in De Moines, IA to the late Harley and Gladys Bates. The family moved to the San Diego area not long after Charles was born. He attended Cal Poly University, where he graduated with a BS degree in animal husbandry. While attending college he met the love of his life, Janet (Jan) Harrison, at a Valentines dance. They were married on July 15, 1956. He liked to say that Valentines Day was their real anniversary.

After college he served in the Army, and after his honorable discharge he and Jan settled in Bakersfield, CA. They eventually made their way to Escalon, where the two raised their two boys, worked and lived for over 50 years.

He shared many extraordinary times with his loving family and special friends. He never met a stranger he wouldn't talk to. He had a joy for life and for telling corny jokes. He will be greatly missed.

Mr. Bates retired from public service but continued to work on his walnut orchard, which brought him great joy. Among the many organizations he belonged to he especially enjoyed being a little league coach and 4-H leader.

Survivors include his loving wife of 54 years, Jan; and his sons, Michael Bates and wife Leslie Bates of Farmington and Steven Bates and his wife Carol of Ripon; grandchildren Justin Bates, Nicole Bates, Lynsey Bates, Cassie Bates, Alex Bates, Ashley Conn and Jesse Conn; great-grandchildren and brother, Tom Bates, of Berkeley.

The family would like to thank all those individuals who have offered assistance and kind words during Chuck's long illness. Memorial contributions may be expressed to: Hospice of San Joaquin County and Farmington Volunteer Fire Department.

The Escalon (Calif.) Times

Aug. 25, 2010