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Vale’s David Bates remembered for gentle nature

David and Jessica Bates of Vale. (Family photo)

By John L. Braese

The Enterprise

As family, co-workers and friends prepare to honor David Bates, 38, on Saturday, those who knew him best want the community to know the man, the father, the real David. From attending his children’s sporting events, helping out friends in need and introducing himself to strangers when they looked like they needed a friend, Bates is remembered by many after a horrific crash took his life last Monday.

While driving to work with his wife, Jessica, another driver crossed the centerline and hit the Bates’ vehicle head on. David died at the scene while Jessica was transported for medical attention. She has since returned home to Vale.

The funeral for David Bates will be held 11 . . .