By BVN Staff
Funeral services were held for longtime Rialto resident who was also a Veteran, Daniel Coates. Coates passed away after bravely battling a long illness, he was 82-years-old. The church was full of people who knew and loved him. Daniel Randall Coates, Jr. was born to Daniel Coates, Sr. and Clara Leslie (Williamson) Coates on May 9, 1930 in Jones, Maryland. He was raised in Annapolis, Maryland which may have influenced his 27-1/2 year career in the military. He attended local public schools and when he finished high school he went to college. He left college early to join the U.S. Air Force. His first duty station was March Air Force Base. His first marriage ended and to this union was born a son Terrance. Then he met and married the love of his life, Eva Faye________ they had two sons, Daniel, III and Derek Carl. The family traveled extensively together as he was stationed in Japan, Germany, Washington State, Randell, Ill, and Thailand. He was also stationed at the Pentagon. And on December 30, 1975 he was transferred to Norton Air Force Base in San Bernardino. By the time he retired he had been in the Korean and Vietnam Wars and has several medals to his credit. He rose to the rank of Chief Master Sergeant. Mr. Coates was a graduate of Cal State San Bernardino with a BA and a Masters Degree in Sociology. With the further education in hand he began his next career working for the County of San Bernardino as a supervisor for Adult Protection Services until his second retirement.
He was well prepared because of his self-discipline and great passion for life. He required his children to be respectful to adults, to be a man of their word, he taught them how to be gentlemen and to know the difference between right and wrong.
To him education was the key to and he demanded academic excellence, of his successful sons. Loved by all who knew him he was a member of the NAACP, Rialto Black History Committee, and was the Past President of the Lion’s Club.
Mr. Coates was an avid reader, a military historian and loved fishing. As a Christian he practiced his faith as a member of the United Methodist Church of Rialto. Left to cherish his memory is wife, Eva Faye, sons Daniel III (Trudi), Derek Carl (Ramona) sister Ruth Allen, grandchildren, Kellen C, Daniel IV, Jzenae and Aalyah and a host of other relatives and friends.
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