Published in The Morning Journal on April 10, 2013
AVON LAKE - David M. Bates, 88, a resident of Avon Lake
for ten years, formerly of Arlington, Virginia, passed away
Saturday, April 6, 2013.
He was born on January 12, 1925 in Arlington, VA. Dave
graduated from Western High School (1943) in Washington,
DC and The George Washington University where he earned
a Bachelor of Science in History. Dave's true passion and
calling was teaching. Dave taught school in Fairfax County,
VA in the early 1950's, and then followed his father into the
family printing business.
Dave loved to sing and sang in numerous groups for almost
seventy years, including The George Washington University Choir, The Singing Capital
Chorus and Lorain's Golden Crescent Chorus. He was active in the Potomac
Appalachian Trail Club for over fifty years, clearing and maintaining sections of the
Appalachian Trail and volunteering at their Washington, DC headquarters. He also
served as archivist, chronicling their history. He took on writing in retirement and
authored several books; one on the early history of the P.A.T.C. and other books on the
history and development of Arlington, VA from the 1930's onward.
It is an understatement to say that he loved the game of baseball. He played, coached,
umpired and followed baseball his whole life and became a steadfast Indians fan.
Dave was devoted and married to Dorothy Mathews for 53 years until her passing in
2011. He is survived by his son, Richard; daughter-in-law, Donna (nee Horensky);
grandsons, Reilly and MacKenzie Bates of Avon Lake and Kyle Bates of Washington
Friends may call at Lake Shore United Methodist Church, 33119 Electric Blvd, Avon
Lake, Saturday April 13 from 11-11:30am with memorial service to follow at 11:30am.
Rev. Nancy Manner will officiate.
Graveside service interment will take place Monday, April 15 at 11am at National
Memorial Park, 7482 Lee Highway, Falls Church, VA 22042. Rev. R. Carl Ripley, Jr. of
Community United Methodist Church, Arlington, Virginia will officiate.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to: The Potomac Appalachian Trail Club, 118
Park Street, SE, Vienna, VA 22180 or to George Washington University-Harmon Choral
Fund, 801 22nd Street, NW, B-144, Washington, DC 20052.
For more information visit www.buschfuneral.com