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Leland Joseph Bates, Jr. - 11/25/2004

Class of 1965

Our beloved son, husband, father, brother and grandfather, Leland Joseph Bates, Jr., returned home to his Heavenly Father on Thursday, November 25, 2004 at Ogden Regional Medical Center, after a long struggle with heart disease.

He was born September 5, 1947 in Ogden, Utah, the oldest son of Leland Joseph Sr., and Barbara Nielsen Bates. Growing up, he loved spending time with his grandparents and uncles; Quinten, Johnny, Ray and Jean Nielsen. He was an Eagle Scout and worked as a counselor at Camp Kiesel for several years.

Leland married his high school sweetheart and eternal companion, Rosanne Kilts, on June 16, 1967, in the Salt Lake LDS Temple.

He attended Weber County and Ogden City Schools, graduating from Ogden High in 1965. He graduated from Weber State College with Bachelors degrees in Botany and Education. He obtained his Masters Degree in Education graduating Magna Cum Laude.

Leland worked for the Ogden Union Railroad and Depot for 21 years. He taught school for 27 years at Grandview, Wasatch and Layton Elementary schools. In teaching, he touched many lives and had a quiet kindness that few knew of. For example, a child in his class would find a backpack or lunch money where there once was none. He was greatly loved by students and faculty alike.

He loved photography, sports, and the great outdoors where he would travel around seeing what was new and beautiful. He always enjoyed showing his loved ones the 'scenic route.'

Leland is survived by his loving wife of 37 years, Rosanne; children; Paul (Chris) Bates; Lesa (Jeff) Gooch; Crystal (Mike) Bouy; Janie (Chris) Stubbs; William (Shandee) Bates and Emilee Bates; nine grandchildren.

Also surviving are parents and siblings, Carl (Penny) Bates and Debra (John) Boatright.
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