Anthony Lee Bates

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Anthony Lee Bates CLOVIS, NM-Anthony Lee Bates, age 39, of Canyon, Texas, passed away at his home in Canyon May 29, 2014. Anthony was born on Aug. 30, 1974, to Horace and Lorraine Mary (Greco) Bates at Luke Air Force Base in Phoenix, Ariz. 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 was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Clovis, N.M. After graduation, Anthony began planning for his Master's Degree. Anthony was employed with the Plainview, Texas, Police Department where he joined the Volunteer reserve on Nov. 25, 1997. He was hired on Oct. 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 July 3, 2001. He was promoted to patrol corporal Jan. 27, 2003, and received his Intermediate Peace officer License on April 1, 2003. Anthony resigned to accept a position with TABC on Sept. 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. That was just an example of how he would go that extra mile to show compassion for some kiddos going through a tough time. On Oct. 1, 2005, Anthony was hired as Agent trainee assigned to the Lubbock District office for the TABC. On Oct. 1, 2009, he was promoted to Agent 2. On Oct. 1, 2013, he was promoted to Agent 3. On Jan. 1, 2014, Anthony transferred to the Amarillo area office. While with TABC, Anthony received the following certifications: Basic Instructor License on Jan. 24, 2007, Firearms Instructor License on Nov. 17, 2008, and Master Peace Officer on Nov. 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 Sheriff's 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 stepmother, Sandi Bates, both of Clovis, N.M.; two brothers: Christopher Bigler of San Antonio, Texas, and Timothy Bigler of Austin, Texas; and nephew, Daniel Bigler of San Antonio, Texas. He is preceded in death by his mother, Lorraine Bates. A Rosary will be recited at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 3, 2014, at Steed-Todd Funeral Home Chapel. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 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, N.M. Pallbearers are TABC Agents. Honorary pallbearers are Tim Kelly, Brian Morris, George Rangel, Plainview Police Officers, and high school friends. Memorial Contributions can be made to the , PO Box 90790, Albuquerque, NM 87119, the , 2625 Pennsylvania, NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110 or to the Fraternal Order of Police, Eastern Plains Lodge #11, PO Box 141, Clovis, NM 88102. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Steed-Todd Funeral Home and Crematory, 800 E Manana Blvd, Clovis, NM, (575) 763-5541. You may also sign the online guest registry at

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Published in The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal on June 3, 2014
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