Quent Bates

[30 OCT 1931 - C1 - 20182 - 22 JUN 2013]

Quent Bates Eulogies

AOG Testimonials



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Bill and Anna McWilliams - Tom Sims
[Las Vegas lunch - APR 2017]



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Tom and Susan Sims - Bill and Anna McWilliams - Mary Ann and Rich Miller
[McWilliams Wedding - OCT 2016]



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Anna Bates and Grandaughters (Anna 8 - Coco 6)
[DEC 2015]



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[Quent Bates Funeral]

More Quent Bates Funeral Pictures



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Quent and Anna Bates - Jim Lee '52 and wife
[Intermountain FDD - MAR 2013]



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[DEC 2012] L to R: Daughter Christy holding June her granddaughter -
Elf w. hat our granddaughter Anna w. her bro Miller in front -
Benson blowing bubble is a great - Grif on Santa's lap another great -
Son Steve holding his daughter Coco a grand & standing by Quent -
Two more elfs by Anna - Cali with bro Cole are both greats.



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Anna Bates - Linda Newton - Connie Franklin
[Middleburg VA - DEC 2012]



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Quent Bates - Linda Newton - Joe Franklin
[Middleburg VA - DEC 2012]



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Marcia Cathey - Connie Franklin - Anna Bates
[DC Party - DEC 2012]



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Marcia Cathey - Connie Franklin - Anna Bates
[DC Party - DEC 2012]



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Quent Bates
[DC Party - DEC 2012]



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Quent Bates and George Page
[DC Party - DEC 2012]



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Connie and Joe Franklin - Jack Doyle - Don and Carla Hilbert -
Anna Bates - Rich Miller [DC Party - DEC 2012]



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['55 2012 Rhine Trip - SEP 2012]

More '55 2012 Rhine Trip Pictures



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Quent Bates
[JUN 2012]



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Quent Bates
[JUN 2012]



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Quent Bates
[JUN 2012]



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Vitty - Hammond ‘66 - Follett - Blitch - Strom - Campbell - Enslow - Ludwig - Bergen - West - Bates - Newton [France Trip - JUL/AUG 2011]



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Anna and Quent Bates
[France Trip - JUL/AUG 2011]



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Vitty - Hammond ‘66 - Follett - Blitch - Strom - Campbell - Enslow - Ludwig - Bergen - West - Bates - Newton [France Trip - JUL/AUG 2011]



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Bubba Oaks - Rod Vitty - Jack Campbell - Quent Bates
[Omaha Beach: France Trip - JUL/AUG 2011]



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Quent and Anna Bates
[France Trip - JUL/AUG 2011]



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Quent and Anna Bates
[France Trip - JUL/AUG 2011]



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Art Follett - Paula Campbell - Quent Bates
[France Trip - JUL/AUG 2011]



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Mary Blitch - Chrys Follett - Jim Bergen - Local Guide - Quent Bates
[France Trip - JUL/AUG 2011]



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Quent Bates - Paula Campbell - Ute and Jim Bergen
[France Trip - JUL/AUG 2011]



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Quent Bates - Candy Strom - Dan and Donna Ludwig - Jack Strom
[France Trip - JUL/AUG 2011]



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Ute and Jim Bergen - Donna Ludwig - Art Follett - Quent and Anna Bates
[France Trip - JUL/AUG 2011]



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Quent Bates - Linda and Bob Newton
[France Trip - JUL/AUG 2011]



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Tom and Elaine West - Anna Bates
[France Trip - JUL/AUG 2011]



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Anna and Quent Bates
[DG Mini - May 2011]



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Ute Bergen - Pat and Rod Vitty - Anna Bates
[DG Mini - May 2011]



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Donna Ludwig - Jim and Ute Bergen - Anna Bates -
Jim Ryan [DG Mini - May 2011]



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Sam Johnson - Quent Bates - Pat Strati
[DG Mini - May 2011]



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Quent and Anna Bates
[DG Mini - May 2011]



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Quent and Anna Bates
[DG Mini - May 2011]



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Rich Cardillo - Sam Johnson - Bob Strati -
Quent Bates [DG Mini - May 2011]



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Rich Cardillo - Bob Strati - Quent Bates
[DG Mini - May 2011]



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[Christmas 2010]



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Don Hilbert - Quent Bates - Dan Ludwig - Rod Vitty
[Dalmation Coast Cruise - AUG 2010]



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Dan Ludwig - Don Hilbert - Quent Bates - Rod Vitty
[Dalmation Coast Cruise - AUG 2010]



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Quent and Anna Bates
[Dalmation Coast Cruise - AUG 2010]



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Quent Bates - Rod Vitty - Don Hilbert
[Dalmation Coast Cruise - AUG 2010]



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Class aide - Quent and Anna Bates
[55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Quent Bates and Rod Vitty
[55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Quent Bates and Dave Maurer
[55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Charlie Johnson - Maurer - Marlowe Viney -
Giza's - Bates' [55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Quent Bates - Dave Maurer - Natalie Wilcox
[55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Dave Maurer - Marlowe Viney - Quent Bates
[55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Dave Maurer - Marlowe Viney - Quent Bates -
Patty Page - Anna Bates [55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Georgie Regnier and Quent Bates
[55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Tom Horst - Anna and Quent Bates
[55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Pat Vitty - Jim Bergen - Bob Strati - Quent Bates -
Rod Vitty [55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Danny Dienst - Walt McCrillis - Tommy West - Lo Dienst - Pat Vitty - Jim Bergen - Quent Bates - Dan Ludwig [Reunion Committee - 55th Reunion]



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Bob Strati - Danny Dienst - Walt McCrillis - Tommy West - Lo Dienst - Pat Vitty - Jim Bergen - Quent Bates [Reunion Committee - 55th Reunion]



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Anna Bates - Bob and Pat Strati
[55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Doug Fletcher - Quent and Anna Bates
[55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Quent and Anna Bates
[55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Val Bundren - Angee Fikaris - Anna Bates
[55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Quent and Anna Bates
[55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Quent Bates - Dan and Donna Ludwig
[55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Quent and Anna Bates - Joe and Connie Franklin -
Maren Palmer and Sandy Sanderson [55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Quent Bates - Ute Bergen - Joe Franklin -
Roy Lynn [55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Paula Campbell - ? - Todd Graham - Dorothy Crancer -
Quent Bates [55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Anna and Quent Bates - Maren Palmer and Sandy Sanderson - Connie and Joe Franklin - Roy and Sandra Lynn [55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Quent Bates - Connie and Joe Franklin - Pete and Angee
Fikaris - Jack Strom [55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Quent and Anna Bates - Carla Hilbert
[55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Jack Strom - Jim Ryan - Quent Bates - Jim Bergen
[55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Quent and Anna Bates
[55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Paula Campbell - Anna Bates - Donna Ludwig
[55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Tommy West - Quent Bates - Dan Ludwig
[55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Jane and Ed Zaborowski - Anna and Quent
Bates [55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Sybil Michalove and Anna Bates
[55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Danny and Lo Dienst - Anna Bates - Pat
Strati [55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Quent Bates and Charlie Johnson
[55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Anna Bates - Val Bundren - Joe Franklin
[55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Anna Bates - Fred Pirkey - Jim Bergen -
Pat Pirkey [55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Lo Dienst - Pat Vitty - Jim Bergen - Bob Strati - Quent Bates -
Rod Vitty [Reunion Committee - 55th Reunion]



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"All American Girl" Anna Bates (granddaughter)
[Memorial Day 2009]



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Anna and Quent Bates - Rod Vitty
[Ski Vail - JAN 2009]



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Inez Cardillo - Jeter - Cardillo - Quent and Anna Bates -
Katherine Jeter [Bob Camp's 75th - DEC 2008]



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Anna Bates
[DC Party - DEC 2008]



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Quent and Anna Bates
[DC Party - DEC 2008]



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Ruth Sloan and Quent Bates
[DC Party - DEC 2008]



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Darrah - Hilbert - Dugan - Sanderson - Trawick - Bates -
Carpenter - Rich Miller [Austin Mini - APR 2008]



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Dugan - Sanderson - Trawick - Bates - Carpenter - Rich Miller - Wargowsky - Hinrichs - Dinwiddie - Robinson - Roades [Austin Mini - APR 2008]



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Caye and Dave Wheeler - Dave Mauer -
Anna Bates [Austin Mini - APR 2008]



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Anna Bates - Trudy Lichtenberg - Angee Fikaris
[Austin Mini - APR 2008]



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Rich Cardillo - Susan Griggs - Quent Bates
[Austin Mini - APR 2008]



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Quent Bates
[Austin Mini - APR 2008]



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Susan Griggs - Quent and Anna Bates
[Austin Mini - APR 2008]



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Jack and Susan Griggs - Quent Bates
[Austin Mini - APR 2008]



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Anna Bates - Ed Trobaugh - Quent Bates
[Austin Mini - APR 2008]



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Dave Maurer - Anna and Quent Bates
[Austin Mini - APR 2008]



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Dave Maurer and Anna Bates
[Austin Mini - APR 2008]



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Quent Bates and Patty Page
[Austin Mini - APR 2008]



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Dave Maurer and Anna Bates
[Austin Mini - APR 2008]



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Sitting: Sandra Lynn - Dienst - Anna Bates - Lynn - Pat Vitty - Standing: Shirley Jacobs - Lo Dienst - Sanderson - Jacobs - Connie Franklin - Vitty - Bates - Regnier - Joe Franklin - Maren Palmer - Georgie Regnier [Steamboat Ski Trip - JAN 2008]



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Bates - Keegan - Jacobs - Lo Dienst.
[Steamboat Ski Trip - JAN 2008]



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Left: Pat Vitty - Phil Enslow - Danny Dienst - Marlowe Viney - Sandy D'Attilio - Right: Quent Bates - Lo Dienst - Chrys Follett - Anna Bates - Art Follett - Dianne Enslow - Front: Candy Strom and Rod Vitty [AUG 2007 England Trip - Loch Ness]



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Regnier - Fikaris - Bates - Lynn - Vitty - McNair - Dave Young - Hilbert - C. Johnson - Pemberton ? - Enslow - Wargowsky - Gallup - Hornbarger - Jim Ryan - Ludwig - Cardillo - Feagin - Robinson [DG Mini - May 2007]



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Quent and Anna Bates - Sandra Lynn
[DG Mini - May 2007]



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Anna Bates - Pat Vitty - Marty Feagin - Connie
Franklin - Pat Pirkey [DG Mini - May 2007]



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Jim Ryan - Vitty - Bates - Hornbarger -
Regnier [DG Mini - May 2007]



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Anna Bates - Mary and Jim Keegan - Dave and
Caye Wheeler [FEB 2007 Ski Breckenridge]



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Georgie Regnier - Anna Bates - Sandra Lynn - Mary Keegan -
Lynn - Caye Wheeler [FEB 2007 Ski Breckenridge]



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Anna and Quent Bates with Cali Kirkland
(Great Granddaughter) [Midway UT - DEC 2006]



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Bates
[SEP 2006 Texas A&M game]



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Fleegers' - Bates' and some Aggie Friends
[SEP 2006 Texas A&M game]



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Front: Marlow Viney - * - * - * - Pat Vitty - Chrys Follett - Natalie Wilcox - Anna Bates - Georgie Regnier - Rear: Rod Vitty - * - Art Follett - * - Quent Bates - Dick Regnier - * - (* indicates not classmate) [Manchu Pinchu - Peru - JUL 2006]



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Peru Trip - Scenic View
[Manchu Pinchu - Peru - JUL 2006]



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Quent and Anna Bates
[DG Mini - MAY 2006]



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Jim Ryan - Wheeler - Anna Bates - Caye Wheeler - Marcia Cathey - ? -
Lichtenberg - BG Myrna Williamson [DG Mini - MAY 2006]



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Bates - Andrews - Trobaugh
[DG Mini - MAY 2006]



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Jim Ryan and Quent Bates
[DG Mini - MAY 2006]



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[50th Reunion Bio]



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Marcia Cathey - Shirley Jacobs - Anna Bates -
Don Giza [50th Reunion]



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Quent Bates - Marty Head Feagin - John Feagin
[50th Reunion]



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Standing: Ruth and John Sloan - Trudy and Charlie Johnson - Quent Bates - Sitting: JoAnne and Bill Lozier - Jo and Jim Fleeger - Anna Bates [50th Reunion]



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Quent Bates and Jack Doyle
[50th Reunion]



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Anna and Quent Bates
[50th Reunion]



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Anna and Quent Bates
[50th Reunion]



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Regnier - Andrews - Lathrop - Vitty - Pirkey - Regnier -
Bates - Jacobs - Regnier [JAN 2005 Ski Club Trip]



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Vitty - Bates - Joe Franklin - Jacobs - Sanderson
[JAN 2005 Ski Club Trip]



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Marty Head - Bates - Feagin - Vitty
[JAN 2005 Ski Club Trip]



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Jim Bergen - Anna Bates - Jack Strom
[JAN 2005 Ski Club Trip]



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Vitty - Shirley Jacobs - Anna Bates - Connie
Franklin [JAN 2005 Ski Club Trip]



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Bates contemplates his Polish joke
[JAN 2005 Ski Club Trip]



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Bates - Joe Franklin - Mary and Jim Keegan -
Sandra Lynn [JAN 2005 Ski Club Trip]



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Bergen - Bates - Joe Franklin
[JAN 2005 Ski Club Trip]



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Quent Bates
[JAN 2005 Ski Club Trip]



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Vitty - Bates - Joe Franklin - Jacobs -
Sanderson [JAN 2005 Ski Club Trip]



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Meisenheimer - Sullivan - Zaborowski - Bates -
Lichtenberg and Jane Zaborowski [OCT 2004]



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Row 1: Emanuela Spadoni (our Mama Mia and Grand Circle's Tour Guide) - Row 2: Gale/Paul Antell - Donna Ludwig - Sue Taylor - Tatyana Sigal - Mary Gallion - Angee Fikaras - Greta Masson - Mary Monahan - Lo Dienst - Marlowe Viney - Pat Strati - Margit Singer - Pat Vitty - Row 3: Georgie Regnier - Trudy Lichtenberg - Anna Bates - Bob Chapman - Bill Taylor - Mike Stevenson - Pete Fikaris - Dan Ludwig - Barbara Johnson - Carla Hilbert - Val/Al Bundren - Bob Strati - Carol Qually - Phyllis Chapman - Val Schroeter - Dorothy Kane - Row 4: Dick Regnier - Danny Dienst - Rod Vitty - Diane/Phil Enslow - Andy Johnson - Don Hilbert - Kelly Lichtenberg - Jim Kane - Lloyd Qually [JUN 2004 Italy Trip]



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Closer Look
[JUN 2004 Italy Trip]



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Closer Look II
[JUN 2004 Italy Trip]



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Row 1: Bob Strati - Mike Stevenson - Don Hilbert - Dan Ludwig - Al Bundren Row 2: Rod Vitty - Quent Bates - Kelly Lichtenberg - Phil Enslow Row 3: Keeping Puccini company is Dick Regnier [JUN 2004 Italy Trip]



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Jack Campbell - Trobaugh - Bates - Lichtenberg -
Doyle [DG Mini - MAY 2004]



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Bates - Todd Graham - Hinrichs
[DG Mini - MAY 2004]



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Dienst - Lynn - Bates - Zaborowski
[DG Mini - MAY 2004]



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Dienst - Lynn - Zaborowski - Bates
[DG Mini - MAY 2004]



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Quent and Anna Bates



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Quent Bates



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Anna and Quent Bates
[Ski Utah - 2004]



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Bates and Joe Franklin
[Ski Utah - 2004]



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Paula Campbell - Anna Bates - Bates
[Ski Utah - 2004]



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Danny Dienst - Joe Franklin - Quent Bates - Rod Vitty - Dan Ludwig - Kelly Lichtenberg [Eastern Europe Great Rivers Trip - 2003]



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Front: Lo Dienst - Anna Bates - Connie Franklin - Marlowe Viney - Rear: Trudy Lichtenberg - Barbara (Donna's sister) - Donna Ludwig - Pat Vitty [Eastern Europe Great Rivers Trip - 2003]



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Front: Joe Franklin - Dan Ludwig - Rod Vitty - Rear: Kelly Lichtenberg - Danny Dienst - Quent Bates [Eastern Europe Great Rivers Trip - 2003]



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Anna and Quent Bates - Dianne Enslow
[APR 2003 Florida Mini]



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Mary and Don Andrews - Trobaugh - Anna Bates
[APR 2003 Florida Mini]



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Lo Dienst - Anna Bates - Fleegers
[APR 2003 Florida Mini]



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Don Giza - Toni and Dave Maurer - Anna and Quent Bates - Marlowe Viney - Jim and Jo Fleeger [Sandusky - FL Mini - 2003]



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Anna Bates
[SnowMass - 2003]



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Dienst - Bates - Miller - Cardillo - Joe Franklin -
Lynn - Hinrichs - Jacobs [SEP 2002 Ski Club Bike Trip]



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Bates - Doyle - Welter - Trobaugh - Karam -
Ludwig - Roades [EXCOM - AUG 2002]



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Vitty - Ludwig - May - Lichtenberg - Joe Franklin - Bob Johnson -
Bates - Wargowsky - Livesay [2002 Founder's Day]



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Strom - Candy Strom - Bergen - Anna Bates - Bates
[2002 Ski Trip]



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Strati - Fikaris - Bates
[2001 Europe River Cruise]



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Viney - Cardillo - LaFrenz - Bates - Maurer - Strati's - Tennant's -
Kennebeck's - Wilcox [2001 Jackson Hole Mini]



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Lichtenberg - Welter - Traut -
Bates [2001]



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Standing: Pirkey - Strati - Tour Guide - Follett - Enslow - Fikaris - Dienst - Bates - Ludwig - Lichtenberg - Bergen - Vitty - Marlowe Viney - Seated in chairs:: Angee Fikaris - Pat Strati - Lo Dienst - Mary Monahan - Marcia Cathey - Dianne Enslow - Friends of '55 Marcia and Judy - Front: Chrys Follett - Donna Ludwig - Pat Vitty - Trudy Lichtenberg - Anna Bates [2001 Class Trip]



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Quent and Anna Bates - Sietman's - Marlowe Viney and Grandson - George and Patty Page - Charlie Johnson - Frank and Joan Armour [45th Reunion - SEP 2000]



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Anna and Quent Bates
[1999]



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Dienst - Ludwig - Enslow - Bates - Jack Campbell
Stevenson - Tennant - Kennebeck - Vitty [1999]



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Page - Armour - Bates
[c1999]



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Sloan - Wheeler's - Page - Bates - Armour -
Newton - Bergen - Dienst [1999]



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Dienst - Jacobs - Camp - Newton - Bates - Vitty
['55 Ski Trip - c1994]



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Anna and Quent Bates
[c1993]



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Bates' - Rod Vitty - Bob Strati
[c1993]



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Quent Bates - Rod Vitty - Dienst's
[c1992]



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Anna and Quent Bates
[c1992]



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Young - Vitty - Dienst - Hilbert - Lichtenberg -
Cathey - Bates - Strati - Monahan [c1992]



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Griggs - Bates - Roth - Ordway
Camp - Martling - Bean - Cardillo [1991]



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Ordway and Bates
[1991]



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Quent Bates - Bob and Linda Newton
[35th Reunion - NOV 1990]



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Rear: Susan Griggs - Anna Bates - Sally Bean - Inez Cardillo - Lo Dienst - Front: Helen Stone - Ute Ordway - Ruthann Walton - Irma Raeber [1987]



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Front: Howie Stone - Ski Ordway - Pete Walton - Middle: Dick Bean - Bob Camp - Rich Cardillo - Rear: Jack Griggs - Quint Bates - John Martling - Danny Dienst [1987]



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[10th Reunion - 1965]

Standing [L to R]: Weaver - Lewis - Turner - Chikalla - Gallup - O'Brien - Freed - Hadly - Wix - ? - Streett - ? - Reb Young - Quinn - Lenio - ? - Perkins - Thorsen - ? - Nieves - Sherman - Burroughs - Giza - Traut - Sloan - Gay - Paul Parks - Andrews - Ginter - Bates - McNair - ? - Lichtenberg - Nidever - Secord - Feagin - Cathey - Herren - ? - ? - Ludwig - ? - ? - ? - Ralls - ? - Shimunek - Macdonald - ? - ? - ? - ? - ? - Bob Strickland - Front [L to R]: Soper - Newton - Dax - Chance - Schmidt - Shideler - Bergen - Matteson - Hargrove - Hornbarger - Steakley - Stevens - Drummond - Rudzki - Knierem - Wargowsky - ? - Stern - ? - ? - Livesay - Dickson - Michalove - Hagan - Landers - ? - Blitch - ? - Cardillo - Ordway - Trobaugh - Crancer - Maus - LaFrenz - Sydenham - Strom - ? - Howie Stone - Schepps - Raymond - Spellman - Sanderson ? - Wray - Fikaris - Stevenson - Sims - ?

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Quent Bates - John Sloan - George Page
[California - JUL 1960]



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Page - Bates and Sloan camping trip
[California - SEP 1960]



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Anna Beal Bates (newly engaged to Quent)
[Honolulu Airport - 1958]



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Anna Beal Bates (third from left)
[Pan Am Graduation Class - 1957]



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Rich Miller - Al Sheldon - Quent Bates
[Hawaii - 1956]



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Al Sheldon - Rich Miller - Quent Bates
[Hawaii - 1956]



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Al Sheldon - Rich Miller - Quent Bates
[Hawaii - 1956]



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'55 Engineer Officer's Basic Course
Ft. Belvoir - NOV 1955

Row 4: Lathrop - Hagedorn - Craven - J Campbell - Bazilwich - Gay - Vanden Bosch - Staudaher - Domeck - Row 3: Sietman - Sloan - Norvill - Maurer - Bates - Muller - Ginter - W Brown - Horst - Schow Row 2: Auer - S Johnson - Bishop - Gray - Polly - Sanderson - Fontaine - Gallup - L Warner - J Strickland - Row 1: Wheeler - JRC Miller - DeMaris - Carpenter - J Franklin - Guthrie - LaFrenz - Schauer - McKinney - Ludwig

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C-1 Firsties - 1st Row: Griggs - Page - Sietman - Hayes - Negaard - Bates - Maurer - 2nd Row: Giza - Murphy - Staudaher - 3rd Row: Fleeger - Isbell - Charlie Johnson - 4th Row: Fred Phillips (CO) - Domeck - Sloan - Samos - 5th Row: Viney - Ceglowski Armour - Passafiume - Humphrey - Lozier - McClelland (Absent: Norvell)



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Front row: Col. Fraser - Dulk - Bossert - Smetana - Straus - Fikaris - Gilpatrick - Cathey - Jacobs - Maj. McCanna - 2nd row: Donald - Raymond - Garn - Bates - Dorward - Eddins - Wix - 3rd Row: Fetko - Lovell - Ginter - Karam - Geran - Hergenroder - Ludwig - Rock - Rich Miller [1954 Firstie Trip]



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Murphy - Bates - Dave Young - Howard Whitaker
[Air Force Trip - 1953]



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Anna Bates



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2012 AOG Online Register Entry

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Vane Quentin Bates, Jr.

Vane Quentin Bates, Jr. was born on 30 October 1931 in Utah and entered West Point as a Qualified Alternate with a Congressional Appointment from Idaho. He was in Company C 1, played basketball for four years and was on the track team two years. He was a Corporal his Second Class Year and a Lieutenant his First Class Year. He graduated on 7 June 1955 and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the US Army in the Corps of Engineers.



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How I got my appointment to West Point

My tale is not unique, but has a few twists, The thought of attending a service academy had never occurred to me even though two of my high school classmates had entered West Point after graduation. Jack Merrigan in the Class of 53, and Maurice Lieser in the class of 54. Another went to the Naval Academy in the class of 53. I was attending my second year at BYU in Provo, Utah - having a wonderful time chasing girls, when coming home for Spring break, with the entire family sitting around the table having dinner, my Dad informed me that the family could not afford to keep me in college another year. My grandfather, who was the State Auditor of Idaho, then asked what I thought I would do? I had no answer. He then asked, "How would you like to got to a service academy like West Point or Annapolis?" My answer was a noncommittal, "I guess that would be OK".

A couple of weeks later, I got a letter from our congressman noting that he had recommended me as a 1st alternate to both academies. My mind is a blur after that. I do remember traveling to Colorado to take some tests, and a physical. Then at some point in June, receiving notification from both academies that I had been accepted as a 1st alternate, Talk about naive ... I, had no idea what either academy represented, and had not given a thought, after taking the tests, on the possibility that I would be selected. All I thought about was that there were already two of my high school classmates at West Pont so I would have a couple of friends there. As far as Annapolis was concerned, I had an great uncle (If there is such a thing), my grandfather's. brother, Joe Nielson, who was the first Idaho high school graduate, to attend the Naval Academy. There was a family connection.

What was I to do? Thank my lucky stars, I decided to take the appointment to West Point. My logic was that I had taken a year of ROTC in high school, so I already knew how to march. I reasoned, that would give me an advantage, at the Military Academy. How fate sometimes turns on slender threads. Forgive me for turning maudlin, but that was the most important decision in my life, one that has influenced everything thereafter, and one for which I give thanks each day.

Quent Bates
C11019B


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HOW I MET MY WIFE

I love hearing stories of how classmates dated at West Point and then found their true loves, or how a high school sweetheart endured a four year wait for West Point graduation.

Being from far away Boise, Idaho I was not so fortunate . . . I had one date and two near miss while at West Point. Over Plebe Christmas, I escorted a young lady arranged by Ms Barth. After that ‘encounter’, I gave up that route. On a football trip to NYC as Plebes, Bob McClelland and I were gazing with wonder near Times Square. Crossing a street, we smiled at a couple of young ladies crossing the other way . . . The result was a drink at Jack Demsey’s and an invitation to call if they ever came to West Point. I might add that it was cold out, and for the brief time that we were inside we kept our coats on. A few weeks later, during a Plebe basketball game, Bob grabbed me. “Remember those two girls we met in New York?” My reply was, ‘yes’, his response was, “They are here!” I think I said, ‘great’, He then gave me the line I will never forget, ‘Not so great, they don’t have their coats on.” You can use your imagination to interupt that response.

The third opportunity was when I was a cow. Butch Harbold took me to a party at his home on a weekend trip to Washington, DC. A young lady there was most attractive and she did not have her coat on. She was attending Smith College; her name escapes me, but let’s call her ‘Mary Smith’. We smiled at each other and spoke briefly. A week or so after returning to school, I decided to write her a note/invitation to spend a weekend at West Point, reminding her that we had met at the Harbold’s party. The end of that story is that I did get a reply from ‘Mary Smith’ at Smith College. Her response was that she had never been in Washington, DC and had not met me at Harbold’s party, but if I was game, she would love to spend a weekend at West Point. She enclosed a some what, out-of-focus photo of a young maiden, in short cutoff’s, standing beside a tractor. She was from Nebraska. Having been disappointed twice, I passed the opportunity. (Butch later told me the girl I had seen was going to Vassar.)

While at West Point, I attended one dance as a Plebe with my Christmas date, I never attended a movie, but may have gone to a couple of the live productions. All of my dating was during summer leaves when I returned to Boise. None were willing to wait for graduation. . . and none were asked to.

We graduated, went rapidly from training to training and finally, our first duty station. Wonder of wonders, mine was Hawaii, with the 65th Engineer Battalion of the 25 Infantry Division. Bill Brown had the same assignment. Other classmates were with different elements at Scofield Barracks.

My duties left only Sunday for partial personal time. Every Sunday morning, I drove to Waikiki about 6 am, I had a board rental space on the beach near the Queen’s Surf Hotel. What a board I had! A Wilson ‘Surf-Master’ with a sharks open mouth exposing a beautiful set of teeth painted on the up curved nose of the board.

. . . that’s where this story really begins . . .

. . . Sunday morning - beautiful sun rise, wonderful waves. I was catching wave after wave and congratulating myself on being in paradise when I was bumped off my board by contact with another. When I surfaced, there was a young lady prone on her board offering apologies. ‘Don’t you know how to surf?’ I said in what must have been an approximation of a first-classman chewing out a new plebe. ‘I don’t, this is my first time on a surf board.’ I looked again, and in a very engaging, inviting, and pleasant voice said something like, ‘Possibly I could help you.’ I had taken a second look with unclouded eyes and cool appraisal . . . she was stunning, with blond hair, hazel eyes and a lovely smile. She didn’t have a coat on!

During our subsequent conversation, I learned that she was from San Francisco, a Pan Am stewardess and on her first flight, with a two day lay-over in Honolulu before continuing on to the Far East. I realized that I had met one of her roommates earlier and had made a date with her so I told Anna that she might enjoy meeting one of my army associates, my roommate Dean Walsh. She did, and we both occasionally dated these young ladies when they stopped in Honolulu. However, I never lost the memory of that lovely smile. When Dean was discharged several months later and returned to the mainland, I started checking everyPan Am flight for a special stewardess, Anna Marie Beal. One day, I hit the jackpot!

I met Anna’s plane, and invited her to dinner that evening. Later she told me she accepted the date so she could find out about Dean. Without elaboration, I found the girl of my dreams. With three dates over a span of two months I asked her to marry me.

Before that third date Anna took a sightseeing flight to Maui in a small plane. I was picking her up when she got back. She told me later that on her return flight to Honolulu ‘she felt air sick’ but couldn’t understand why with all the flying she had been doing. Then, it hit her, she was going to be with me that evening - she was not ‘air sick’ - she was in love. That was the evening I asked her to marry me. We were married six months later at the Church of the Wayfarer in Carmel-by-the Sea, California, we will celebrate our 53rd anniversary on June 21st this year.

How many times in my life have I wondered how I could be so blessed as to be bumped by a novice surfer, on a Sunday morning, on Waikiki Beach. I still have no answer but know, this was the happiest defining moment in my life !!

Quent Bates
May 11, 2011


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Class Remembrance: Wreath

Preferred Charity: '55 WP Fund

Suggested LCA: TBD



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Vane Quentin Bates Jr.

Oct 31, 1931 - June 22, 2013

With great sadness we announce the unexpected passing of Vane Quentin Bates Jr. our cherished husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Quent was born on October 30, 1931 in Salt Lake City, Utah, the oldest of four boys, to LaRue Nielsen Parkinson and Vane Quentin Bates. He grew up in Boise, Idaho where he became an avid fly-fisherman, an Eagle Scout and a lover of the outdoors. He graduated from Boise High School after lettering in basketball and track and serving as student-body president.

In 1951, after attending BYU for two years, he received a congressional appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point. Quent excelled academically there, and graduated in the top 3% of his class with a degree in engineering. He played on the Academy's basketball team. Schofield Barracks, Hawaii was his first duty station where he met his future wife Anna Marie Larsen Beal, while surfing off Waikiki. They were married in Carmel, California on June 21, 1958. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Los Angeles Temple on September 27, 1961.

Quent resigned from the Army after three years and began his life's work as an elevator consultant. Through his leadership, Lerch Bates and Associates has become a world-renown elevator consulting company with 27 offices worldwide.

He was a High Priest in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As a devout Christian, Quent strove to live a Christlike life which was evident in all he did. Quent had a deep and abiding love for his wife Anna. They celebrated their fifty-fifth wedding anniversary the day before he passed away. His greatest joy came from his family. Quent was a very active alumnus of West Point and an avid Army football fan.

Quent and Anna lived in Littleton Colorado for 44 years moving to Orem, Utah 5 years ago.

Survivors include two brothers, Steve and Tom, his wife Anna, daughter Christy Kirkland (Scott), their children, Kevin (Jen), Casey (Ashley), Kelly Heinz (Bryce), and Cary. His son's Jim, and Steve (Noelle) and their children Anna, Miller and Caroline. Great-grandchildren include: Cali, Cole, June and Chase Kirkland and Benson and Griffin Heinz.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at the Canyonview 10th Ward Chapel 762 East 1200 North, Orem. A visitation will be held Friday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Sundberg-Olpin Funeral Home, 495 South State Street, Orem and also Saturday at the church from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. prior to the funeral services. Interment will be in the Orem City Cemetery.


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