“The necessity of nature’s final victory was expected and accepted in generations before our own.” Sherwin Nuland Michael Wayne Coates was born July 16th, 1947, to Leo Dee and Serena Coates in Mt. Pleasant Utah. He lived a humble and simple life on a farm, much like his life he lived today. Listening to his stories about the arm, herding sheep on the mountain at the age of 12 with his brother Gary. One theme rings true that Family was his heart and soul. Michael W. Coates entered the U.S. Army in 1966 and fought in the Vietnam War. He returned home in 1969 were he bought his first car. A dark green 1955 Chevy Belair two door hard top with a magic bar radio. You could say this was his first love. The 55 has since lost its luster and our father has brought it everywhere he lived throughout his years. He worked to restore the 55 over the years. Andy and I would sometimes take part in helping with the restoration. In 1970 Michael met our Mother Ann Marquardson and they both married May 9th, 1970. They moved to Salt Lake for school. In 1974 Michael Andrew Coates was born on July 30th. They lived in Salt Lake until they purchased their first home in 1976 in West Jordan Utah. November 17th 1978 Jessica Anne Coates was born and our family moved to Grantsville May of 1979. Michael W. Coates started working for the Federal Government at CAMDS in 1976 and retired in 1998. During our younger years with our father, it was not uncommon to find him working on the Dodge Power Wagon in the driveway. One 4th of July he was cutting a hood scoop for the extra-large radiator he put in because of the Hemi Engine running so hot. Our Father entered a truck pulling contest during the Tooele County Fair in 1990. We did a lot of camping with a camper and later surprised our mother with a brand-new Nomad Trailer. Our Father always had a motorcycle or dirt bike he was fixing for us go ride while out camping. We all looked forward to the Coates Family BBQ on the mountain above Fairview. We always took family trips each year. One that was memorable for me was the spur of the moment Moab trip. Don Williams was playing on the radio as we drove in our blue ford tempo on every trip! One trip our dad was excited about was riding the Amtrak train to San Francisco. We met my Uncle David Marquardson and his family. Once Andy and I got older and had families of our own those trips dwindled but we still made time to camp, BBQ, and spend Holidays and Birthdays together. Celebrations and Birthdays were important to our parents. Our Father would give the shirt off his back if you let him. He was a friend to all and sometimes gave selflessly to his friends and his family. He loved his grandchildren immensely and was so proud of all of us and what we were doing with our lives. Michael W. Coates passed away from a long fight with COPD surrounded by Andy and I, Grandkids, Brother, Sisters, and close friends. He was surrounded by love and fond memories, all of which he cherished. He is survived by his children. Michael “Andy” and Keri Coates with Grandson Eli, Daughter Jessica A Coates and Grandson Trent, Granddaughter Jayden and Seth Beagley with Great Grandchildren Oliver and Sarah. Grandson Gavin Coates and Aliah Andrews with Great Grandson Axton. Grandson Payton and Morgan Coates, Granddaughter Taya Rose. Brother Gerald Coates, Sister’s EvaDean and Gordon Anderson, Twin sister Patricia “Pat” and Tom Dixon, and Elisabeth “Punky” and John Edwards. We love you Dad! Onto your next adventure!!!\n\nTo send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Michael Wayne Coates please visit our Sympathy Store.