Ceremonial Chief and long time Councilman Alan Louis Coates, 76, lost his battle with cancer on February 27, 2012. Allen was born on August 16, 1935. Alan was born in Baker City, Oregon in 1935 to Allen Sr. and Elsie Coates.
He grew up fast and started working at a very early age. He learned to work hard and worked many different jobs. In his early life he would take odd jobs like breaking horses, usually once he broke the horses he let all of his children take turns riding them.
He finally met the woman of his dreams, who swept him off his feet, Jeannie (Jin) Wallace. They married and had eight children, seven daughters and one son.
They were married almost 45 years when Jin passed away on February 12, 1996.
Allen and Jeannie moved around a lot when they were first married, and finally settling down in the Payette, Idaho area. Allen loved his children very much and his girls often tested his patience.
Allen passed away at home with his family and friend surrounding him with love and prayers.
Preceding him in death, his wife Jeannie (Gin) Coates, his brother Donald Lee Coates. He is survived by his 8 children; Teresa Weber, Linda Ramos, Gloria O’Donnell, Eddie Coates, Susan Silence, Sharon Hai, Pamela Jane Coates and Tina Coates, 11 Grandchildren; Angie Weber & Jon Murray, Brandy & Doug Shantner, David W. O’Donnell, Tommy E. O’Donnell, Nicholas J. O’Donnell, Joseph J. O’Donnell, Michael Silence, Tiffany Ruth Coates, Jake Allen Coates, Cesily Coates and Sharron Haaheum, and 10 Great Grandchildren; Ally Murray, Wesley Murray, Mathew Murray, Nikole Murray, Tara Tester, David A. O’Donnell, Landen J. O’Donnell, Everett Hook, Braydon Hook and Skyler Saxton, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
There was a memorial service Friday, March 2nd, 2012 at 2:30 pm at the Chaffer Jensen Funeral Parlor in Payette, Idaho. Graveside services were immediately held at 3:15 at the Riverside Cemetery Park.
Our condolences go out to his family. His many years of service to the Delawares of Idaho was invaluable and greatly appreciated.