C. Patrick Bates
C. Patrick Bates returned to the loving arms of his Heavenly Father and his Savior Jesus Christ on Sunday, October 24, 2021. He passed away quietly in the yard at home – not surprisingly enjoying God’s earth and flora that he deeply loved.
Charles Patrick Bates (Pat) was born on January 24, 1941, in Denver, Colorado, to Elmer Dale Bates and Geraldine Anne Dolan Bates. He was the oldest of six rambunctious boys and his family made their humble home in Centralia, Washington. It was there that he developed a love of learning, an enthusiasm for people and a deep respect for the earth as he labored in the woods in logging camps as a teen. He was profoundly influenced by one of his Centralia High School teachers who taught Latin, a subject Pat would use throughout his life to understand the roots and meanings of words – something that brought him great joy. Pat loved school, reading, and writing. He excelled with near perfect grades at every level and he instilled this work ethic in his children and grandchildren with generous “Good Grades $$$” at the end of every term, as he conducted a serious sit-down report card review and goal-setting meeting in his den with each child.
Pat also discovered an abiding love of baseball early on. A born left-hander, he played catcher throughout his youth after teaching himself to throw right-handed. Though he did not know it then, his passion for the game would lead him to his eternal companion and to becoming a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (after a side trip playing “bush league” ball for the Dodgers organization). Coach Glen Tuckett found Pat on a scouting trip to the Pacific Northwest while watching him “hit the cycle” and offered him a baseball scholarship to play at Brigham Young University. At the time, Pat had no idea who Brigham Young was – he just wanted to play ball.
On March 2, 1963, Pat attended a “record hop” on campus at the Cannon Center and met a beautiful, smart (and equally strong-willed) coed named Anita Anderson, who was wearing a madras plaid blouse and a brown skirt with suspenders – details he always remembered. They were married on September 24, 1966, and later sealed in the LDS Salt Lake Temple. They formed a wonderful partnership with Pat always telling his children that their mother was the wisest person he knew and encouraging them to listen closely to her counsel. He and Anita gave their children a lasting example of love and devotion with an ample dose of humor. Just a month ago, they celebrated 55 years of marriage and two weeks ago, spent a special weekend together in Sun Valley, Idaho.
Pat and Anita created a small family of their own and Pat’s most sincere desire in life was to love, provide for, and protect them. His son Scott and daughter Leslie are the benefactors of his example and all his hard work. He ensured they had the tools and resources needed to move forward well in life. He loved being a husband and father and his role as Grandpa to his grandson, Hank (named after Pat’s dear friend and colleague, Hank Rothwell), and his granddaughters, Campbell and Charlotte, brought complete fulfillment to his life. He adored them and will always look after them. He was especially gratified by the close relationship shared by Hank and Campbell as they have traveled the world together pursuing professional ski careers.
Pat credited the Savior in leading him to his precious wife and to work associates who became family to him, Anita, and his children. He got his start in sales under the wise guidance of Ken Garff (selling Oldsmobiles) and through that mentorship, Pat became acquainted with Ellis Ivory and Roger Boyer. He learned land development and honed his knowledge of real estate as he worked with them at Terracor – an apropos “outfit” at which to start his remarkable 51 year-long real estate career, given his love for Latin and the earth’s soil (the Latin “terra”).
Pat became known throughout the country as a pre-eminent ranch broker, thanks to Hod Sanders, Ken Garff, David Freed and David Robinson, who gave him a chance to “play in the Big Leagues” of the ranch brokerage “bidness.” Among many “bunts and singles” he hit four walk-off grand slams – the sale of the 213,000 acre Deseret Land and Livestock Ranch in 1974 at the age of 33 (which he sold a second time in 1984 at the age of 43); the sale of the 290,000 acre Bell Ranch in 2009 at age 68; the sale of the 948,000 acre Winecup Gamble Ranch in 2019 at age 78; and the sale of Virginia’s renowned Eldon Stock Farm in 2021 at age 80. Along the way, Pat’s true business accomplishments were an unblemished record of absolute integrity and his relationships with cherished clients.
Pat had a deep and abiding testimony of the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ found in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. His beliefs led him to serve diligently in church callings. He spent many years on the high council and seven years as “Bishop Bates” giving countless hours of love and guidance to members of the Kaysville 3rd Ward. He also relished the calling of Sunday School teacher and prepared his lessons with prayer and rigorous study. Scott and Leslie will not soon forget an admiring parishioner who declared from the pulpit one Sunday, “I know he is Bishop Bates but I think we should call him ‘St. Patrick’!.”
Pat’s mother and father, his wife’s parents Loal and Helen Anderson, and four of his five brothers, preceded him in death. His beloved Anita, son Scott and daughter-in-law Caroline, and their children Hank, Campbell, and Charlotte, and his daughter Leslie and son-in-law, Michael Sparnicht, as well as his brother Kenneth Bates, will remember him with tremendous love and deep appreciation. We will do our best to uphold the incredible legacy he has given us.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, October 30, 2021, at 11 a.m. at the Kaysville Crestwood Stake Center located at 855 East Mutton Hollow Road. Friends are welcome to visit with family on Friday, October 29, 2021, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Lindquist’ Layton Mortuary, 1867 No. Fairfield Rd., Layton, Utah and on Saturday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Stake Center.
Interment will be at the Kaysville City Cemetery.
Funeral services will also be live-streamed and may be viewed by going to www.lindquistmortuary.com and scrolling to the bottom of Pat’s obituary page.
In lieu of flowers, Pat would wish for you to write a hand written letter to express your appreciation to someone you love.