OBITUARY

Brian D. Bates

December 18, 1971March 24, 2021
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Brian was born in Denver Colorado on December 18 1971; he was 49 years old.

Brian graduated from Lutheran High School and attended Metro State College and University of Phoenix.

Brian was the youngest of 5 boys. All through school Brian was involved in any and all sports. He was competitive in everything that he did. Brian was the biggest Bronco fan, and his all-time favorite player was John Elway. Brian was always fun to be around and was amiable to all. His nephews and nieces regarded him as the “fun uncle”. Brian’s favorite vacation spot was Lake McConaughey. He loved wakeboarding, driving the boat, tubing, and digging for frogs with the kids. Golf was a game that Brian loved and frustrated him to no end. He spent hours on the golf course with his dad, uncle, family and friends. You could always count on Brian to be there for you. One of Brian’s greatest adventures was attending the Super Bowl in California with Dad to watch his beloved John Elway and cheer on his beloved Broncos in 1998. Brian’s occupation was always in accounting in some form and held positions from Accountant to CFO. Brian’s greatest joy in life was his children and watching them participate in sports, concerts and school activities.

Brian is survived by his 3 children: Siri 16, Kajsa 14, and Brogan 11 and his former wife Signe DeJong. His mother Judith Bates. Brothers: Scott (Linda), James (Rebecca), Kevin (Fontella), and Cliff. Brian was uncle to 11 nephews and nieces, 23 great nieces and nephews, and 1 great-great niece. Brian was preceded in death by his dad, Richard Bates.

The family invites you to wear any Bronco's gear you may have to the service.

Services

  • Memorial Service

    Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Memories

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Clark Fassett

April 12, 2021

I remember Brian playing
sports with my son Steve at LHS. Brain’s dad and brother worked with me in postal service. He was too young.

Richard Bates

April 1, 2021

I have too many memories to pick just one. I will never forget the times I would spend the night when we were younger and we'd stay up all night playing video games, the times you would come pick me up and take me to play basketball, or take me to the driving range, or when terminator 2 hit theaters and you fell asleep during the movie but you took me because I wanted to go. All the lawns we mowed, teaching me how to do taxes on the way to enders, trying to teach my uncoordinated ash how to dribble. I will never forget the rainy trip we took our kids to Disney World.....or when you skied doubles with me on a torn ACL just because you were so proud I could finally get up on ski's. You were my idol, my friend, my brother. I love you man....be seeing you JA....10-4 you sbpomn......love, other JA.

Chris Bates

March 31, 2021

One memory I can't get over after today. Thinking about all the time and energy Brian put into me. Coaching my baseball and football pointers. I wonder where I would've gone if I didn't make bad decisions in my life. I'll never forget how he helped me learn to not quit and go for the win. I must have done a half a million or more push ups due to him just in baseball efforts. A lesson I'll never forget and still carry on. Thanks big.

Duane DuPree

March 31, 2021

Glad to see a picture of Zion dunk basketball. I spent a lot of time with Brian growing up in grade school and high school. We will miss you.

Mike Farley

March 31, 2021

Watching Brian play with Chad in all the basketball and baseball games at Lutheran High was the BEST! So many wonderful memories that I’m grateful we have on film! Brian always had an great smile and even better sense of humor! One of our last conversations was planning to play golf and then came COVID. I keep thinking of how much fun that would have been! Brian - May you Rest In Peace and God’s eternal light shine upon . I will miss you dearly!

Mark Borchert

March 30, 2021

So many memories of Brian. We grew up together, known him since the second grade. Waterskiing in Nebraska, digging up frogs with him and his brothers, bike riding all over, countless others that I could share. A big part of who I am is because of Brian. Rest in peace my dear friend.

John Lopez

March 30, 2021

Our fond memory of Brain, we remember a 4 year old little boy with a straw cowboy hat and a full head of blonde hair under his cowboy hat. He worn his cap guns and holster pretending to be James West. That was Brian's favorite western show of all times. Brian and our son (Davy) would make paper cowboy masks out of paper to go along with the cowboy outfits.
Brian will be dearly missed, our condolences go out to all his family.
Fran and Johnie Lopez

Katherine Brannan

March 29, 2021

Brian was my boss, colleague, and mentor. More than that, he was my friend. He was knowledgeable and helpful, and I gained so much from his guidance.
Brian – Thank you for your kindness to me! I miss you.

Chris & Mike Thul

March 28, 2021

Brian was a smart man who helped our accounting team with the many new processes we needed to adopt at Xssentials. No question was too silly in his mind. What a wonderfully patient guy !
Thank you for all you taught me. I will miss you!...Chris

Brian and I shared many adventures during the past 5 years at Xssentials, and I will always remember his dedication, optimism, and wit. He always spoke lovingly of his children who were the joy of his life. We enjoyed many lively conversations most every day and I will truly miss him. God Bless you Brian....Mike

Kathy Farley

March 28, 2021

“I love that you love me that much”. That was a text Brian sent me not long ago, and I love that HE loved me that much! I’ve adored him ever since he met my son, Chad, at Lutheran High...he was part of our family. It’s such a comfort to know how much he loved Jesus and he talked about the day God would “call him home”. Brian was and is so precious to me. What a beautiful gift we were given when God shared him with all of us. Brian was awesome - now he is perfectly awesome and he will inhabit a very special place deep within my heart forever.

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