Aug 7, 2009
by WLJ

Albert E. Gates Albert

E. Gates was born on Aug. 14, 1915, to Alonzo E. Gates and Annie Brown Gates in Laredo, TX. He went to be with his Lord and Saviour on July 25, 2009. He grew up on the family ranch outside of Bruni, TX, on Texas 59, just west of Freer, and at 1510 Market St. in Laredo and was a “Cowboy by Choice.” He attended grade school and high school in Laredo and was also an Eagle Scout. He attended both Texas A&I and Texas A&M and worked for the PCA before WW II. During the war, he was in the Army Air Corps, first stationed at Williams Field outside of Pheonix, AZ, and then at UCLA, where he studied Italian. Later he was stationed at Camp Perry, OH watching over Italian prisoners of war. Albert and Dorothy-Jean met at a USO dance in Greeley, CO, during the war and married on Feb. 3, 1946, in Pueblo, CO. They made their home in Laredo and at the Espejo Ranch near Catarina. Albert and Dorothy-Jean have four children: Richard (Laurie) Gates, Linda (Don) Pederson, Louise (Ernie) Davis, and Tom (Diane) Gates. Albert was a director of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, the First Federal

Savings and Loan in Laredo, the First National Bank of Carrizo Springs, and also a regent at North Texas State University. He was instrumental in helping get the Screwworm Eradication Program going in Texas and Mexico. He and Dorothy-Jean enjoyed traveling with Dick Crow on ranch tours around the U.S. and the world. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, his four children and six grandchildren: Northcott (Tyneil) McFaddin, Barry Gates, Carroll Gates, Lesley Pederson, Lindsey Pederson, and Thomas (Samantha) Gates. He is also survived by four nephews: Don, Tex, and David Elliott, and Lonnie Gates; one niece, Laura Gates; as well as grandnieces and nephews. He is fondly remembered for loving to recount stories from their many travels and for being the “Trail Boss” on many trips around the U.S. with friends from Laredo. He was still checking waters and fences for his beloved cows until until early May. He lived a good and long life taking care of his wife and and family and fought the good fight until the end. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to: WINGS-Laredo, P.O. Box 450211, Laredo, TX 78405, or to your charity of choice.