Baker City, Oregon
Clay Loren Gates, 82, of Baker City died April 8, 2004, at St. Elizabeth Health Care Center.
His graveside service was today at Prairie City Cemetery in Prairie City. Pastor Loyd Phillips of the New Hope Assembly of God Chapel at Vale officiated. There was a reception afterward at the Strawberry Mountain Grange in Prairie City.
A former Grant County resident, Clay was born on April 24, 1921, at Ritter. He attended school at Ukiah, Long Creek, and Susanville. He lived his childhood at Galena.
Clay worked for 48 years ranching and logging at Bates, John Day, Baker City and Alaska.
Survivors include his wife, Helen Hacker Gates; a sister, C.L. Petty of Sumpter; daughter, Beverly Davis, and her husband, Bill, of Bear Valley; grandsons, Edward and Dakota, of John Day; and sisters-in-law, Hazel Wood of Prairie City and Sue Pureene of Sumpter.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Lillian and Jack Gates and a wife, Zona Haskens Gates; and by many nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Alzheimer’s Association or Pathway Hospice through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814.
Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, April 23, 2004
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor