Clarence C. Cates III
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Clarence C. Cates III

Clarence C. Cates, III known to all as "Larry" passed away peacefully on July 3, 2020, at the age of 69 years.

A native of Alamogordo, Larry will be remembered by many. Larry never knew a stranger. He loved to laugh and make people around him happy. A son, brother, uncle, and friend, he will be greatly missed.

Larry was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence "Sam" Cates, and Josephine Montoya Cates, and by his beloved nephew Timoteo Melendez. Larry is survived by his brother, Miguel "Mickey" Melendez (Helen), his sisters, Sandra Diesel (George) and Margie Oleson (Rick). Larry will forever be remembered by his four Nephews, AJ, Robert, Ricky and Cassady and his favorite Niece, Sarah and his 10 Great Nieces and Nephews. Larry will be especially missed and fondly remembered by his extended family. His "Brother" cousin and friend, Ralph Montoya and all the Montoya cousins and their families.

It is with great sadness that we say good-bye to our Brother, not forever but for now. Thank you to everyone that has been a part of his life.

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Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Jul. 5 to Jul. 7, 2020.
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July 13, 2020
Just heard about Larry .He was a great friend Jr high,high school and beyond.I have a lot of good memories.My heart goes out to your entire family.Philip Chavez in Central Oregon
Philip Chavez
July 13, 2020
I'll always remember your Big Afro and your engaging Smile. I have a lot of fond memories of you. I know that you are safely home. My condolences to your family.
Mary Whitney Roybal
July 13, 2020
My dear friend, Lar, you will be deeply missed! I love ya Lar!
Trish Pascale
July 12, 2020
To Larry's Family,
I wish to offer my condolences to your for lost of a brother and uncle. Larry was a friend from way back to junior high days. And yes his smile would be his trade mark and always followed by a laugh. We should rejoice when our LORD calls us home one at a time. I pray to our LORD that he will grant peace and understand during the difficult time of grieving.
Butch Parra
James Parra aka Butch
July 10, 2020
so sorry to hear of Larry's passing. He was a HS friend which was parted by time and we wish we had more time to get reacquainted. We'll see you on the other side brother.
David/Jay Blobner
July 10, 2020
Larry Cates, I will always love your smile, curly fro, like mine, and all them far out glasses! Many fun times, jokes, and the good ol days! Friends forever! Praying for Gods Blessings of peace and Love to his Familia.
Monique Johnson-Wolfe
July 8, 2020
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
July 7, 2020
To all the familyour sincere condolences, may your memories and faith sustain you through this difficult time. Jerry & Sylvia Telles
Jerry & Sylvia Telles
July 7, 2020
I will miss you uncle Larry, you were so loved by many,but we will meet again. To live is Christ to die is and miss you much. My condolences to his family.
Eva Najar
July 6, 2020
Sandra and family, I am so sorry to read of Larry's passing, may God Bless all of you at this sad time.
Ramona Vallejos
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