Guest Book for Bates Melvin "Mel"

Provided by Burns Mortuary of Pendleton

Posted by: Stacey Alley
Thu October 26, 2017
We work with your father’s son, Dick in Washington, DC.  Dick always spoke very highly of his dad and shared a picture of his dad with us the day before he left to be with you all.  The first thing we said was your dad looks so sweet!  It was nice to read your write up about your dad and see how true this quick observation was.  We are so sorry for your family’s loss and are sure he was a very special person.
 

 
Posted by: Beth Brouillard RN
Fri October 27, 2017
I always enjoyed spending time with your Dad at various times in past several years while he resided at McKay Creek Estates.  He knew many people I knew from BMCC and the area "up the river" where I was raised, Gibbon, and Squaw Creek where my Dad had built a log cabin in the 1920's, that remains still as a skeleton on tribal land at Bachelor Creek.  He said he and Mary had numerous drives and picnics there many years past, and knew exactly where our cabin was.  His sense of humor and positive outlook was a joy to experience, and remained active despite a variety of health issues.  Your family will be in my prayers for peace and comfort at this time of loss, he knew he was blest to have family and spoke adoringly of you all.
 

 
Posted by: Ruth Fenton
Sat October 28, 2017
Mel was always friendly and took time to ask about my family.  I always enjoyed contact with him...good hearted person.
 

 
Posted by: Jan Miller
Sun October 29, 2017
Thinking of you and your Family.
Sincerely with love,
Janet Miller of Amber Valley, 1981-82
 

 
Posted by: Kathleen Martindale
Tue October 31, 2017
Worked with Mel at the Employment Department. He was great fun to be around and I enjoyed his dry humor. My sympathies to all of his family for their loss.
 

 
Posted by: Kathleen Martindale
Tue October 31, 2017
Worked with Mel at the Employment Department. He was great fun to be around and I enjoyed his dry humor. My sympathies to all of his family for their loss.
 

 
Posted by: Helen (Crowl) Darrow
Tue November 07, 2017
I am so sorry for your loss, you may not remember me but your father was coach and teacher at Weston when I was in high school and I was your baby setter, for the three oldest anyway. I love both of your folks and I am sorry to hear of your loss. May God Bless you all,
In Sympathy,
Helen (Crowl) Darrow