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Cecil Curtis Cates
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Submitted by: Wanda Purcell

Cecil Curtis Cates, 59, of Lemitar, died Friday, April 26, 1996.

Mr. Cates was born on February 18, 1937 in Gatesville, Texas.

He grew up in Oklahoma, attending school in Berlin, until moving to Roswell, New Mexico in 1954.

He was employed by Williams and Chesser Farm in Roswell.

He spent three years in the U.S. Navy, followed by several years of employment with Santa Fe Drilling in Saudi Arabia and Venezuela prior to moving to Lemitar, where he was employed for approximately ten years by the Institute of Mining and Technology in Socorro.

He was preceded in death by his father, William Louis Cates of Roswell, on December 31, 1977.

He is survived by his mother, Augusteen Cates of Roswell; his wife, Carol; a daughter, Matraca Lynn; a son Zachary Don of the home; a daughter, Debbie Bugg and husband George, and son, Michael Dale Cates of Midland, Texas; a son, Cecil Curtis Cates, Jr. and wife, Deborah of Dexter, Missouri; sisters, Lois Green and husband, Alpha, of Roswell; and Ruby Hendrix and husband, Alfred of Carrizozo; brothers, Julian Cates and wife, Sara, of Las Cruces; and Albert Cates and wife, Irene, of Maputo, Mozambique; six grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Burial in San Lorenzo Cemetery, Polvadera, New Mexico.

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