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Richard D. Bates

Richard David Bates was born in Los Angeles County, California on April 18, 1938, the son of ___ Kinch and ____ Bates, a ____.

Richard was a graduate of the University of Arizona, College of Mines. For 16 years of his life, he was a project engineer and division manager for Shell Oil Company in California, Louisiana, New Mexico, Texas and Alaska. At one time, he worked for Shell in the Ventura oil field. He later owned and managed Omniservice (founded in 1974), an industrial construction company in the Los Angeles area.

Richard married Sandra L. Dillehay in California in 1965, and eventually they became mineral dealers under the company name of The Contact Zone. In his last few years he was a full-time rockhound, miner and mineral promoter. He had access to many Bisbee and Morenci mine minerals, and was remembered by many as the friendly dealer who would give exceptional copper minerals to every show sponsor for benefit auctions or raffles. Richard and his wife Sandra were dealers at many Arizona and California Shows.

On August 28, 2002, he passed away as a result of complications of diabetes. Richard is survived by his wife Sandra (P.O. Box 1089, Hereford, AZ 85615) and daughters Aimee E. Bates of Tucson, Arizona and Kathryn DeKoven of Paragonah, Utah.

MULQUEEN, S. (2003) In memoriam: Richard D. Bates. Rockhound Rambling (Ventura Gem and Mineral Society). January.
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