Nicholas Zachary Cates

Cates, Nicholas Zachary
19, passed away on Dec. 19, 2013. He was born on July 27, 1994, in Scottsdale, and graduated high school in 2012. He had planned on attending junior college in the North Carolina area this spring. Nick had challenges in life, but was the kind of young man that anyone would be proud to call brother, son, grandson and friend. He loved sports, and was an avid Atlanta Falcons and New York Yankees fan. He played baseball for many years and was most comfortable on the pitcher's mound. We have many cherished memories to warm our hearts and find peace knowing that God now holds him with tenderness as He wipes away our tears. Nick will be forever missed by his family, including his mother, Judy Harper Cates; father, Michael Cates; sister, Nicole Cates; grandmother, Margaret Harper; and grandfather, Bob Cates; as well as his uncles, aunt, cousin and many friends. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Wendell Harper; and grandmother, Doris Cates. Our dear sweet Nick left us way too soon, however, the Lord had better plans for him and we know that his light will shine on us all. We will hold him in our heart until we can hold him in our arms. A private service was held Dec. 28. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Nick's honor to: La Casa de Cristo Memorial Fund, 6300 E. Bell Rd., Scottsdale AZ, 85254; or to support his mom on the 3-day walk for breast cancer,

Published in The Arizona Republic on Dec. 29, 2013