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Date published: 4/11/2013

David M. Bates

David M. Bates, 88, a resident of Avon Lake, Ohio, for 10 years, formerly of Arlington, passed away Saturday, April 6, 2013.

He was born Jan. 12, 1925, in Arlington. Dave graduated from Western High School in Washington, D.C., and the George Washington University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in history. Dave's true passion and calling was teaching. He taught school in Fairfax County in the early 1950s, and then followed his father into the family printing business.

Dave loved to sing and sang in numerous groups for almost 70 years, including the George Washington University Choir, the Singing Capital Chorus and Lorain's Golden Crescent Chorus. He was active in the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club for more than 50 years, clearing and maintaining sections of the Appalachian Trail and volunteering at their Washington, D.C., headquarters. He also served as archivist, chronicling their history. He took on writing in retirement and authored several books: one on the early history of the P.A.T.C. and other books on the history and development of Arlington, from the 1930s onward.

It is an understatement to say that he loved the game of baseball. He played, coached, umpired and followed baseball his whole life and became a steadfast Indians fan.

Dave was devoted and married to Dorothy Mathews for 53 years, until her passing in 2011. He is survived by his son, Richard; daughter-in-law Donna (nee Horensky); grandsons Reilly and MacKenzie Bates of Avon Lake and Kyle Bates of Washington, D.C.

Friends may call from 11 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday April 13, at Lake Shore United Methodist Church, 33119 Electric Blvd., Avon Lake, where a memorial service will follow at 11:30 a.m. The Rev. Nancy Manner will officiate. A graveside service and interment will take place at 11 a.m. Monday, April 15, at National Memorial Park, 7482 Lee Highway, Falls Church, Va. 22042. The Rev. R. Carl Ripley Jr. of Community United Methodist Church, Arlington, will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club, 118 Park St. SE, Vienna, Va. 22180; or to George Washington University-Harmon Choral Fund, 801 22nd St. N.W., B-144, Washington, D.C. 20052.

For more information visit buschfuneral.com.