In Memory

C Douglas Cates - Class Of 1936

C Douglas Cates

Douglas Cates a resident of Dolores, Colorado for 21 years, died June 29, 2004 at his residence.  He was 87 years old.

Doug was born to Harold and Margaret Gable Cates on March 28, 1917 in Toronto, Canada.  He was a graduate of South Pasadena High School and furthered his education in college.  Before retiring he was a safety engineer for many large corporations in California and a reserve sheriff's deputy for Los Angeles County, California.

Mr. Cates enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1942 and served his nation during world War II.  He was awarded the Silver Star for his service.  He joined the U.S. Army Reserves and retired as a major.

Doug married Georgia B. Lodter on February 22, 1942 at Fort Lewis, Washington.  They were blessed with a daughter Kathleen.  They moved to the Dolores area from Southern California 21 years ago.  After nearly 61 years of marriage, Georgia preceded him in death February 1, 2003.  Doug was confirmed in the High Church of England, Cathedral of St. John the Devine in New York City.  He volunteered his time to the Anasazi Heritage Center and to the Cortez Welcome Center.  He received his 50-year pin as a Free Mason from Masonic Lodge A.F. & A. M. 145 in Dolores.  He was also a life member of the National Rifle Association.

Douglas is survived by a daughter Kathleen and her husband Matt, of Glendale Arizona, a granddaughter Jennifer of Glendale and many friends.