August 13, 1942 ~ May 21, 2014
Resident of Pinole
Jerry Leon Cates, Sr. passed away on Wednesday, May 21, peacefully at home following a long illness. Born in Carter County, Missouri, Jerry's parents Henry and Henrietta Cates preceded him in death. Jerry arrived in California before his 2nd birthday. He graduated from Richmond High School in 1960. Jerry was on the class reunion committee which he enjoyed being with his classmates.
Jerry worked at Standard Oil in Richmond before becoming a Farmers Insurance agent. He was a business owner/ agent with Farmers Insurance for over 40 years, Jerry is survived by his two brothers, Don Cates (JoAnn) of Rohnert Park, California, and Fred Cates of San Antonio, Texas, and two sisters, Ruby Wolf of Rainier, Oregon and Audrey Monticue of Burlington Jct., Missouri. Siblings preceded him in death are Willis Cates, Kenneth Cates, Margia Williams, Joe Cates, Ray Cates and Peggy Morton. Jerry left many nieces and nephews.
Jerry is survived by his wife Judy and his children Jerry Jr. (Darla) Cates of Sparks, Nevada, James Cates of Gilroy, Kristy (Patrick) Cates-Frankfort of New York City, New York and two step-daughter Michelle Mendes and Cindy Dzierman. Preceded him in death his daughter Tammy Fleharty.
He leaves grandchildren Andrew, Stewart, Mitchell, Destiny, Trevor, Roxanne, Samantha, Victoria, Dylan and unborn granddaughter Grace, and great-grandchildren Trinity, Jasmine, Josiah and Isaiah Jerry was deeply involved in the Pinole community: Pinole JCs, Roosters, director of Pinole Hospital, Rejects, P.I.G.S., Rotary Club of Pinole. Jerry spearheaded the project, AMBER SWARTZ PARK, for still missing Amber Swartz.
Jerry lived his life by the: Rotary Four Way Test.
Jerry was full of life, fun, funny and always had a joke. His illness took that away from him at the end. Jerry loved his children and gave them the space for them to live their own lives, a loving husband and a good friend.
Friends and family are invited to a Celebration of Life for Jerry on Sunday, June 29, 2014 at Veterans Club of El Sobrante, 5216 Sobrante Avenue, El Sobrante, CA. Time 2PM – 5PM. A Mass for Jerry is to be held on Mon. June 30, 2014 at St. Joseph Church, 837 Tennent Ave. Pinole, CA. at 11:30 AM.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Rotary Foundation, c/o Rotary Club of Pinole, P.O. Box 386, Pinole, CA 94564 or Pinole Youth Foundation, 2131 Pear St., Pinole, CA. 94564 or
Published in Contra Costa Times on June 21, 2014