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Obituary: BATES, WILLIAM

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William BatesAug. 28, 1918 ~ Aug. 28, 2012Passed away peacefully at home in Venice, California beloved husband of Irene May Bates for 72 years, cherished father of Lynda, Peter, John, and Nicholas, fun-filled grandfather of eleven and doting great-grandfather of ten. A self-made man who rose up during the Depression to establish a large engineering business in Manchester, England, his innovative contributions to Britain's war effort earned national recognition. Converted to the LDS church in the 1950's he became the first English stake president, the founding force of the church's English building program and the first organizer of the all-British youth conventions. He immigrated with his family to the US in 1967 where he lived first in Utah and then in California with the love of his life, Rene. We all miss his purity, kindness, humor and energy. A memorial will be held at 572 11th Ave., Salt Lake City, Utah on Saturday, Sept. 8 at 2 p.m.