Juneau resident Warren Thomas "Tom" Bates died Dec. 10, 2009, in Juneau. He was 55.
A Juneau resident for the last six years, he was a police sergeant for the Juneau Police Department.
Born Dec. 13, 1953, in Chicago, and adopted by Wayne T. and Jeanette M. Bates, he grew up in Los Angeles. He graduated from San Fernando Valley Christian High School in 1972. He then became a radio operator, or "DJ," working in Needles, Calif., Juneau, Abilene and Longview, Texas.
In 1981 he graduated from the East Texas Police Academy in Kilgore, Texas, fulfilling his lifelong dream to became a police officer. He worked at the Gilmer and Brownwood police departments in Texas, and in 2002 came to work at the Juneau Police Department.
His hobby was flying his airplane when the weather was nice and he could find the time.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his wife, Shelley Bates; sons, Steven and Anthony Bates; sisters, Laurie Clay, of St. George, Utah, and Evonne Bruce, of Indiana; sisters and brothers-in-law of Texas, Janet and Gary Grace, and Dee and Gene Williams; and several nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, at St. Paul's Catholic church. Interment will be at East Lawn Cemetery in Brownwood, Texas
Pallbearers will be Steven Bates and officers Shawn Phelps, Brandon Lawrenson, Tonya James, James Esbenshade and Jake Abbott.
Honor Guard detail will be Officers Krag Campbell, Brandon Lawrenson, Michael Wise, Daniel Cheshire and Honor Guard Commander Sgt. David Wrightson.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made for his son Anthony's education to the Anthony Bates Donation Fund at Wells Fargo bank.