DEVINE "Coach" Dean Bates, 67, died suddenly on March 18, 2012 at his home in Devine, TX.|
Coach Bates was born June 1, 1944 in Hamilton, TX to James and Anna Lee Bates, He was raised in Wink, TX and was a 1962 graduate of Wink High School where he earned All-State honors in football and basketball. Upon graduation he accepted a scholarship to play basketball at McMurry College. He later transferred to Eastern New Mexico University where he continued to compete collegiately in both football and baseball. It was during this time he married his childhood sweetheart, Beverly K. Wilson, on December 20, 1964.
Upon graduation from ENMU in 1967, he began his coaching career in Wink, followed by coaching stints in Devine, Brady, Kermit, Port Isabel and Floydada. He accepted his first head coaching assignment in 1991 at Floydada High School where his team finished undefeated in his inaugural season. In 1994, he returned to Devine High School as head coach and Athletic Director where his teams went a combined 66-42-1 and was named Coach of the Year in 1995 by the Southwest Texas Sportswriters. When Coach Bates resigned in 2004, he resigned as the winningest coach in school history. He finished his successful career as Athletic Director of Pleasanton High School from 2004 until his retirement in 2011.
Coach Bates will always be remembered for his love of Christ, his zest of life and his love for his family, players, and coaches. Those who played for him experienced a relationship and extended far beyond the field of play and he genuinely loved each and every one of them. His legacy is evident in the lives of the young men and women he inspired through his teaching and his coaching as his life was equally enriched by these relationships. "Papa" will be missed by all….but never forgotten.
Coach Bates is preceded in death by his parents, James and Anna Lee Bates; brother, James Bates, Jr.; granddaughter, Karah Northcutt Brooks July 18, 2010.
He is survived by his wife Beverly K. Bates of Devine; son, Corey Bates and wife Tana of Sherman; daughter, Kellye Northcutt and husband Kevin of Midland; sister-in-law Nema WestMoland of Knox City; brother-in-law, Rickey WestMoland of Corpus Christi; niece, Debbie Yates and husband Burt of Caldwell and their children Zach and Barrett Yates; niece, Jamie Murrell and husband Todd of Leander; nephew, Kyle Bates and wife Rachel of Mansfield and their children Destini, Sarah, and Andrew; sister, Emily Bradberry and husband Johnny of Weatherford; grandsons, Colton Northcutt of Lubbock, Bryson and Brennan Bates of Sherman; grandson-in-law, James Randall Brooks of Midland; great-grandson, Madden Kellye Brooks of Midland.
Visitation will be held Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at the Hurley Funeral Home in Devine from 2 pm to 9 pm.
Funeral service will be held at 10 am Wednesday, March 21, 2012, at the First Baptist Church in Devine.
Interment will be held at 11 am Friday, March 23, 2012, at the Resthaven Cemetery in Midland, TX.
In lieu of flowers the family has requested memorials can be made to the Dean Bates Scholarship Fund @ Security State Bank in Devine.
Arrangements are under the direction of Hurley Funeral Home, 303 W. College Ave, Devine, Texas 78016 (830) 663-4445.
Published in Odessa American on Mar. 20, 2012