Joe Bates

Bates, Joe
51, of Chandler, passed away on April 21, 2013, after a short and courageous battle with Cancer. Joe was born February 13, 1962 in Ladysmith, Wisconsin.
Joe leaves behind his Wife and Soul Mate of 23 years, Lisa, 2 beautiful Daughters Erika and Makenzie, Parents Arlie & Mary Ann Bates; Parents- In- Law Art & Millie McCormick; Brothers Don, Rodney (Annette), Rick, & Brian (Sherri); Sisters In-Law Suzie & Lori (Charlie); Nephews Todd, Jeff, Bradley, Zachary, Henry & Steven; Nieces Kristen, Michelle, Tracy, Tori, Lexi, & Danielle, many close extended family members and countless friends. Joe was thought of as a 2nd Dad to so many and is preceded in death by his late Sister- in- Law, Debbie.
Joe was a well respected Construction Superintendant, leaving his beautiful work throughout the valley; he would say that his best work is what he has left behind at the softball fields within the players that he has coached over the past 12 years. His ability to create a strong family bond inspired all of those around him. His greatest love of all was his wife and girls; they loved unconditionally and together lived life to the fullest.
Joe overcame adversity early in life and has been a friend of Bill W. for the past 32 years.
A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, April 26th at 4pm; at University Presbyterian Church, located at 139 East Alameda Drive, Tempe, AZ.
In lieu of flowers, a Memorial Fund has been set up for Joe's Family at

Published in The Arizona Republic on Apr. 24, 2013