Anthony Lee Bates age 39 of Canyon, Texas passed away at his home in Canyon May 29, 2014.
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Anthony was born on August 30, 1974, to Horace and Lorraine Mary (Greco) Bates at Luke Air Force Base in Phoenix, AZ. He graduated from Clovis High School in 1993 where he was a member of the Clovis High School Band. He then attended and graduated from Wayland Baptist University with a degree in Criminal Justice in 2013. He was a member of Phi Mu Alpha fraternity and also a member of the Wayland Baptist University Band. Anthony is a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Clovis,NM.
After graduation, Anthony began planning for his Masters Degree. Anthony was employed with the Plainview, TX Police Department where he joined the Volunteer reserve on November 25, 1997. He was hired on October 12, 1998, as a police dispatcher (basically, to get his foot in the door.). He was promoted to patrol officer April 12, 1999, and received his Mental Health officer certification on 7/3/2001. He was promoted to patrol corporal January 27, 2003, and received his Intermediate Peace officer License on 4/1/2003. Anthony resigned to accept a position with TABC September 25, 2005. Anthony received a couple of letters of appreciation for his assistance with a robbery suspect, and another for being very polite and professional on a call for service. Anthony had been an intoxilyzer operator. He was just an all-around great guy who would go out of his way to do anything for anyone he came into contact with. In one case the department had arrested a woman travelling through town with some small children in the car for DWI. Anthony took care of the children until arrangements could be made for someone to come get the children. Anthony had the kids up on his lap and they were all, including Anthony, coloring with crayons. Just an example of how he would go that extra mile to show compassion for some kiddos going through a tough time.
On 10/1/2005, Anthony was hired as Agent trainee assigned to the Lubbock District office for the TABC. On 10/1/2009, he was promoted to Agent 2. On 10/1/2013 he was promoted to Agent 3. On 1/1/2014 ,Anthony transferred to the Amarillo Area office. While with TABC, Anthony received the following certifications: Basic Instructor License on 1/24/2007, Firearms Instructor License on 11/17/2008, and Master Peace Officer on 11/15/2009. Anthony taught many education classes while assigned to the Lubbock District. These classes were taught to both civilians and Law Enforcement Agencies throughout West Texas. Anthony was actively involved in teaching many of the projects TABC has that involve underage drinking and educating retailers. Some of these were: the SERVE program, MAP program, SAVE program and Shattered Dreams. Anthony taught at many local Police Departments and Sheriffs Offices teaching both basic and advanced Liquor Law. He also taught the Mental Health update on a regular basis to local Agencies. Recently, Anthony had taken over responsibility as the Firearms Instructor for Sector 110, responsible for the training and qualifications of Agents in Lubbock and Amarillo.
He received two certificates of appreciation from the Crime Victim Coalition for outstanding service in 2012 and 2013. Anthony is survived by his father, Horace Bates and his step-mother Sandi Bates, both of Clovis, NM, two brothers: Christopher Bigler of San Antonio, TX and Timothy Bigler of Austin, TX and nephew Daniel Bigler of San Antonio, TX. He is preceded in death by his mother Lorraine Bates. A Rosary will be recited on Tuesday, June 3, 2014, at 6:00 p.m. at Steed-Todd Funeral Home Chapel. Mass of Christian Burial is at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 4, 2014, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Father Carlos Chavez officiating. Burial will follow at Lawn Haven Memorial Gardens in Clovis, NM. Pallbearers are Tim Kelly, Brian Morris, George Rangel, Plainview Police Officers, and high school friends.
Memorial Contributions can be made to the
, P.O. Box 90790, Albuquerque, NM 87119, The
, 2625 Pennsylvania, NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110 or to The Fraternal Order of Police, Eastern Plains Lodge #11, P.O. Box 141, Clovis, NM 88102.
Arrangements are under the care and directions of Steed-Todd Funeral Home and Crematory, 800 E. Manana Blvd, Clovis, NM. (575) 763-5541. You may also sign the online quest registry at www. steedtodd.com.
Steed-Todd Funeral Home
800 E. Manana Blvd
Clovis, NM 88101
Published in the Clovis News Journal on June 3, 2014