Dale Gates, of Pauls Valley, Okla. passed away October 13, 2019 in Oklahoma City, Okla. at the age of 69 years. Dale was born June 28, 1950 in Lindsay, Okla. to Ilona Gertrude (Martin) Gates and Bernard C. Gates.
He and his first wife, Carolyn Faye Gates, were married almost 26 years before she preceded him in death in 1999. Later, he and Vicky Bates were married and have been for the past 19 years. He was a Firefighter and an EMT from 1971 and retired as a Captain for the Pauls Valley Fire Department in 1994. Pauls Valley has been his home for most of his life.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Bernard and Ilona Gates; his first wife, Carolyn Faye Gates in 1999; a daughter, Pamela Denise Sumner; three sisters, Claudia Darlene Capper, Dathel Louise Clipperton and Berna Dawn Schuermann; and two infant grandchildren.
His surviving family include his wife, Vicky Gates of the home; one son, Martin Dale Gates, II and his wife, Fonda, of Pauls Valley; three daughters, Tina Litty and husband, Jeff, of Norman, Okla.; Crystal Teel and husband, Nathan, of Stonewall, Okla.; and Morgan Gates of Pauls Valley; his God-daughter, Tina Andrews and husband, Ken, of Davis; one sister, Darla Ragland and her husband, Richard, of Pauls Valley; and nine grandchildren.
Graveside funeral services will be held Friday, October 18, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. at the Mt. Olivet Cemetery Pavilion officiated by Pastor Jeremy Clayton. Interment will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery under the direction of Stufflebean-Coffey Funeral Home, Pauls Valley, Okla. We invite you to send a message of condolence and view the family’s guestbook at www.stufflebeanfuneralhome.com.