Donal “Don” Tate
Nov. 1, 1934 — March 10, 2014
Dayton resident Donal “Don” Lee Tate, 79, died March 10, 2014, at Dayton General Hospital.
A celebration of his life will be 4 p.m., Saturday, March 15, 2014, at the Dayton Eagles. Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Hubbard-Rogg Funeral Home, 111 S. 2nd St., Dayton.
Don was born Nov. 1, 1934, to Thomas and Alice (Gaines) Tate in Mountain Home, Idaho. He attended schools in Mountain Home, graduating from Mountain Home High School. He then attended Boise State for one year. He entered the United States Army in 1956, and was honorably discharged in 1958, and entered the Reserve until 1962. He married Joanna R. Cristobal on June 13, 1959, in Elko, Nev. They moved to the Dayton area in 1966 from The Dalles, Ore.
Don worked as a quality-control inspector for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers until 1983. He was also the Dayton building inspector and served on the Dayton School Board. He was an avid hunter and horseman. He enjoyed camping, hunting and waterskiing with his children and grandchildren. He was a member of the Dayton Eagles, was active in the Booster Club and Dayton Days. Don enjoyed coaching youth sports, Little League and minor league.
He is survived by his wife, Joanna of Dayton; three sons and daughters-in-law, William and Molly Tate, Wayne and Jill Tate, Terry and Barbara Tate, all of Dayton; one sister, Virginia Linklater of Okanogan, Wash.; three brothers, Harlan Tate of Spokane, John Tate of Virginia, Lee Mathis of Utah; 16 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, Tom Tate.