Date of BirthNovember 29, 1946

Walter Bates Obituary

Date of BirthNovember 29, 1946

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Date of DeathMarch 14, 2011

Walter Bates Obituary

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WALTER "TERRY" BATES NOVEMBER 29, 1946-JULY 8, 2017 Walter Terrence Bates, 70 of Merced, passed away Saturday, July 8, 2017, in Turlock, California. He was born on Friday, November 29, 1946, in Sibley, Iowa, the son of Dr. W. W. and Brownie Marvin Bates. In May, 1965, he graduated from St. Mary's High School, Remsen, Iowa; and graduated from Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska in 1969. On June 7, 1969, he was married to Diane R. Yokom in Council Bluffs, Iowa and to this union was born a daughter, Heather. Terry and Diane later divorced. On September 3, 1976, he was married to Yolanda "Lana" Bustamante, his soulmate in Lake Tahoe, NV. Terry became a loving and supportive step-father to Lana's children, Carrie and Patrick; and to this union was born a son, Christopher. They were married for 35 years. During these years they shared their love of the outdoors; camping and boating with the companionship of their dogs. He served in the United States Air Force from 1969 until 1977, completing OTS at Lackland AFB, TX, and finished as a Captain. His service included a combat tour in Thailand during the Vietnam War. He was transferred by the USAF to Castle AFB in 1972, and lived in Merced County since then. After being discharged from the Air Force, he worked in the Merced County Planning Department; later the Manpower Dept.; and later was Auditor-Comptroller for Merced County for many years. In 1984, he earned an M.B.A. from California State University Stanislaus. He had been the accounting manager for the Merced County Office of Education. He was Director of the Virginia Smith Scholarship Program for the Merced County Office of Education. In this role, he was integral in the donation of several acres of land that became University of California, Merced. Terry happily retired in December, 2010. Terry was a member of St. Anthony's/Immaculate Conception, the Knights of Columbus as a third degree knight. Terry is preceded in death by his wife Lana who passed away March 14, 2011. His family includes four children, Heather Price of New Port Richey, FL, Carrie Harkreader (Hud) of Merced, CA, Patrick McCormick (Teresa) of Merced, CA, and Christopher Bates of Fresno, CA. Also surviving are 3 grandchildren: Dakota, Tanner and Nolen; and his siblings: Bill Bates of Sierra Vista, AZ, Joe Bates of Oskaloosa, Iowa, Brownie Borrink of Atwater, CA and Bob Bates of Indianapolis, IN. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to New Beginnings for Merced County Animals, PO Box 1045, Winton, CA 95388. Visitation will be Wednesday, July 12th from 4-6 p.m. at Wilson Family Funeral Chapel, 1290 Winton Way, Atwater. Rosary will follow at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 2988 N. Buhach Rd. Atwater at 7 PM. A Funeral Mass will be held Thursday, July 13th at 10:00 a.m. at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 2988 N. Buhach Rd. Atwater, CA. Burial will be next to his wife at the family plot in St. Mary's Cemetery in Oskaloosa, Iowa. Wilson Family Funeral Chapel of Atwater is caring for Terry's family and the funeral arrangements. www.cvobituaries.com