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Leone Gates, age 92, passed away peacefully February 21, 2019 at Rocky Mountain Care – Willow Springs nursing home in Tooele, Utah. He was born September 8, 1926 in Escalante, Utah to William Henry and Lily Nathalie Pratt Gates. Leone married Shirley Arthur on June 6, 1947 in Sandy, Utah and made their home in Tooele where they raised their three children.
In 1944, at the age of 17, Leone joined the U.S. Navy. After graduating from special training, he was deployed to the South Pacific on the USS Collingsworth. He retired from the Navy Seabees with 20 years of service and was discharged with full honors. He then worked for Tooele Army Depot for 30 years. After retiring from the depot, he worked at Carr Fork, Mercur and the Great Salt Lake Shrimping Company.
Leone is survived by his son Mike Gates (Liz); daughter Shellie Kelsey (Samuel); daughter-in-law Elaine Gates; brother Pratt Gates (Arcola); six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents; wife Shirley; son Jeffrey; grandson Justin Gates; great-grandson Jayson Robert Corporon; and sisters Valeen, Viola and Lois.
A visitation will be held at Tate Mortuary, 110 S Main Street, Tooele, Utah on Wednesday February 27, 2019 from 11 a.m. to noon. Interment will follow at the St. John Cemetery.
The family wants to give a special thanks to the many caretakers at Rocky Mountain Care – Willow Springs for their compassionate care they provided to Leone.