Carl Edward Bates, 57, of Tulare, California passed away on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 in Brothers, Oregon.
Carl was born in Pomona, California on September 18, 1955 to Carl Leslie and Betty Jean Bates. He was raised and educated in Southern California. Carl entered the United States Navy at the age of 17 and began his career in San Diego. He served in the Philippines where he met the love of his life, Victoria Dacanay and they were married on June 15, 1976 in Subie, Philippines. Following his retirement from the Navy, Carl and Vickie moved to Tulare to make their home. Carl worked in plumbing and refrigeration and was last employed as a salesman in the vehicle industry for over 15 years. He enjoyed reading, sports of all kinds with football and boxing as his favorites, and playing horsehoes with his children. Carl was a life member of the Tulare Amvets Post 56. His greatest enjoyment was driving Miss Vickie wherever she needed to go. Carl will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Carl was preceded in death by his father, Carl in 1960, his stepfather, Eugene Payton in 2002, his mother, Betty in 2001 and by his son Matthew in 2003.
Carl leaves to cherish his memory his loving wife of 37 years, Vickie of Tulare; son Tony Bates of Tulare; his daughter, Stacey Payton of Tulare; his daughter-in-laws, Judie Mills of Tulare and Theresa Bates of Visalia; brother, Thomas Payton of Idaho; two sisters, Pamela Johnson (Joe) of Kyburz, CA and Sandy Anderson (Floyd) of Oklahoma; six very special grandchildren, Austin, Kimbly, Mia, Nathaniel, Kenna and Bristol and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Visitation will held on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 from 4 – 8 p.m. at Miller Memorial Chapel, 1120 W. Goshen Avenue in Visalia. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 11 a.m. also at Miller Memorial Chapel of Visalia. Burial will follow at Visalia District Cemetery, 1300 W. Goshen Avenue in Visalia.
Tributes and condolences may be made at www.millerchapel.com.
Arrangements entrusted to Miller Memorial Chapel, 1120 W. Goshen Ave, Visalia, CA 93291 (559) 732-8371.