Dallas Works Memorial - Employees In Remembrance

Don Bates DONALD KENNETH BATES, SR., 85, of Sachse, TX, born Jan. 20, 1931 in Aurora, IL to Benjamin Carl Bates & Marie Josephine (Moisant) Bates, died Sept. 1, 2016. Burial was at the Dallas/ Ft. Worth National Cemetery. Don was preceded in death by his parents and sisters, Dorothy Janiak of Ocala, Florida, Marion Lester and Ethel Grizzle of Aurora, IL, and brother-in-laws Jack Grizzle of Aurora, IL and Edmund Janiak of Ocala, FL. He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years Lee Theresa (Grant) Bates, five children, Theresa Marie Bates of Dallas, Timothy Edward Bates and his wife Tammi of Plano, Donna Lee (Bates) Baum of Richardson, Benjamin Grant Bates and his wife Michelle of Humble, Texas, Donald Kenneth Bates Jr. and Linda Houle of Garland, eight grandchildren, Carter Baum, Lauren Bates, Kirstin Bates, Grant Bates, Nicole Bates, Courtney Bates, Joseph Bates, Matthew Bates and Sachse, TX nephew Michael Grant, his wife Ellie, and daughter Emma. Don graduated from Marmion Military Academy, Aurora, IL in 1949. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1950 to 1954. Following medical training at Fort Sam Houston, his initial assignment was with the 1734th Air Evacuation Squadron, Kelly AFB, San Antonio, TX. As an aircrew member Don provided medical treatment to wounded military personal returning from the Korean theater of operations aboard C 54 and C 97 aircraft. In 1951 he was assigned to the 33rd Air Sea Rescue Squadron on Okinawa, Japan providing emergency medical care to military personal in the region including surviving crew members of B-29 bomber crashes returning to base following their missions over North Korea. He was Honorably Discharged in 1954. Following his military service, Don attended St. Procopious College and the University of Illinois where he received hi BS Degree in Electrical Engineering in 1960. Don was employed by AT&T's Western Electric Company and served in various managerial and executive positions in Chicago, New York, Japan, and Dallas. He retired from the AT&T Technology's “Mesquite Works” after 30 years of service. He was also as a consultant to the Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) from 1988 to 1993. Don was active in city government and political affairs having been elected to two terms on the City Council of N. Aurora, IL. Don was a past President of the St. Thomas Aquinas Holy Name Society, Dallas. He is a currently a member of the St. Anthony’s Catholic Church Wylie, the Knights of Columbus Council 12300, and past Director and active member of Korean War Veterans Association Sam Johnson Chapter 270. Don was a loving husband, father, granddad and uncle, an avid golfer, passionate patriot, international traveler, and veteran. He and Lee traveled the country with their children and grand- children to many of the USA's best treasures. He and Lee traveled to many international destinations with family and friends. Last year Honor Flight DFW honored Don and his fellow Korean and WWII veterans for their service and sacrifices keeping our nation safe with a trip to visit the memorials in Washington D.C., those memorials which symbolize the spirit, sacrifice, and commitment of these American heroes. While Don & Lee had visited Washington D.C. with the children in the past, the Honor Flight was quite a weekend. Not only were Don and his fellow veterans honored by many Generals and dignitaries, Don and his fellow veterans enjoyed dancing to the USAF Force band tributes to the Big Band era.