William H. (Bill) Bates, Jr. died Thursday April 3, 1969 of an apparent heart attack while at his daughter’s home in San Jose. He was 68 years old and had been ill and off work for the past three weeks. The apparent fatal heart attack occurred shortly after noon at the home of his daughter, Delores Williams in San Jose, He had been staying with her following his release from a hospital where he had been several weeks. He was a native of Freedom, CA (Santa Cruz County).
Bates is survived by his widow, Maxine Bates; two daughters, Delores Williams and Carmelita Lockbaum, both of San Jose, and six grandchildren. Final rights were held at the Franklin and Downs Funeral home April 7, 1969 with the Rev. Donald G. Weston of St. Johns Chapel of the Valley officiating. Interment was at Lakewood Memorial Park in Hughson.