May 27, 1971 - Nov. 13, 2012 EDMOND Michael Jay Bates, 41, left to be with his Lord and Savior on November 13, 2012. He was born in Oklahoma City on May 27, 1971 to Dennis and Ellen Bates. Michael was a long time business owner and a very giving friend to many. He is survived by his wife of 13 years, Krista Bates; two beautiful daughters, Allison and Lauren Bates; sister, Christi and husband Matt Jacobs; nieces, Mattie and Meagan Jacobs of Houston, TX; grandparents, Charles (Smokey) and Joyce Bates of Fletcher, OK and Gene Balfanz of Forrest Park, IL; numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Harold Balfanz and Sweet Angel Joshua Jurkovic. Funeral ceremony will be held on Friday, November 16, 2012 at 4:00pm at Life Church located at 4600 E. 2nd Street, Edmond, OK. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a children's support fund in care of Krista Bates at Midfirst Bank, PO Box 7833, Edmond, OK 73083. To share condolences, please visit www.ResthavenOKC.com Michael will be truly missed.
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Published in The Oklahoman on Nov. 15, 2012