1944 - May 24, 2014
Joe Bill Gates was born on December 25 in the year of our lord 1944 in Hayden, Colorado to Ethel (Simon) Gates and Mahlon Gates. He was the third of four boys; Gene, Roy and John. He grew up in Craig and when he was old enough to work he started his first job at Yampa Valley Creamery. Joe graduated high school in 1962 and spent two years at Mesa State College. He ultimately came back to Craig to work for his father who had a small trucking business. In 1965 he met his wife of 48 years at the local bowling alley, Janice Brown who made moved to Craig from Gearhart, Oregon. The two of them spent the first nine months of their marriage in Seaside, Oregon. They returned to Colorado where he worked for Henderson construction. He also drove truck again for his dad. Together they had three children, Jesse, JoEllen and Julie. Joe also worked for Coors delivering beer and in 1977 he started the job he would later retire from. He worked for Colowyo Coal Co. until 2000. Because he could not sit still he soon started working for NW Ready Mix where he worked until 2007. Joe was called home on May 24, 2014. Joe is survived by his wife Jan, daughters JoEllen Gates and Julie Gates, his six grandchildren, Justin Gates, Joshua Stillwell, Jesse Stillwell, Jerod Stillwell, Joey Gates and Jayce Gates-Kilwein. His three great-grandchildren Jadrik Gates, Joel Gates and Jasper Gates, His brothers Gene Gates, Roy Gates and John Gates and all of his many friends and other family members. He is preceded in death by his parents Mahlon Gates and Ethel Calloway, his son Jesse Gates and his two grandchildren Jadrian Gates and Jeremiah Kelwein. He was laid to rest next to his son Jesse in the Craig Cemetery after a funeral service at Craig Christian Church on Friday, May 30, at 2 p.m.