Stuart E. Bates

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Stuart E. Bates, 86, died Sept. 21, 2004 in Payson. He was born Dec. 20, 1917 in Overton, Neb.

He worked for Sparkletts Water Company in Los Angeles, Calif. as a long-haul truck driver for 30 years. He retired and moved to Payson in 1978.

Mr. Bates had many hobbies, but really enjoyed volunteering for the library and the hospital auxiliary in the 1980s.

He was a patriot and served his country. He was a loving husband and father and had many friends.

He is survived by his wife, Helen; daughter, Susan Padgett of Phoenix; son, Bill (Cappi) of Las Vegas, Nev.; granddaughters, Patti Padgett and Carli Bates; grandson, Everett Bates; great-grandsons, Steven and Derek Wilson; cousins, Evelyn Lund and Glenna Thomas of Colorado and Kathy Engstrom of Las Vegas, Nev.

He requested no services. A private family memorial will be held at a later date.

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