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“I came to know Jack when I was a student at Wayne State University in the 60's and continued a friendship for many years after. He was the consummate...Read More »
1 of 12 | Posted by: Beverly Schmoll - Ann Arbor, MI

“Cathy, Marg & JohnI'm so sorry for your loss; truly a great loss for us all. I'm sure that Jack was the smartest guy I ever meet and the best story...Read More »
2 of 12 | Posted by: Roger Smith - Shelby Township, MI

Jack and I taking Comfortably Numb to Port Huron for the start of the Mac Race “Jack, I never got a chance to thank you for being such a positive influence on my life but I think you knew it. God willing and thanks to you...Read More »
3 of 12 | Posted by: Mark Miller - Lake Orion, MI

“Jack had a significant impact on my life - first when I was involved in student activities at Wayne State University in the 60's and later when he...Read More »
4 of 12 | Posted by: A friend

“To Jack's family, my memories of Jack as an outstanding educational leader and a great person will be treasured by me and all who ever had the honor...Read More »
5 of 12 | Posted by: J.D. VLAZ - WASHINGTON TWP, MI

“Cathie, Margie and John, we are so saddened by the loss of your Dad. He was an extra special Man. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your...Read More »
6 of 12 | Posted by: Jim and Dottie Goldenbogen - Ira, MI

“Such a stalwart, devoted, cultured, and intelligent man will be sorely missed. ”
7 of 12 | Posted by: David Daniels - Rochester Hills, MI

“Michelle,I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your grandfather. Grandparents are such a blessing in life. Cherish the memories.Thinking of you...Read More »
8 of 12 | Posted by: Brooke Cosgrove - Birmingham, MI

“Goodby Jack. You were a great friend and made a huge impact on me, as well as hundreds and hundreds of others ! You will be missed. ”
9 of 12 | Posted by: Frederick Schmoll - MI - Friend

“Cathy - So sorry for your loss and the same goes to the entire Bates/Robinson clan. You will all be in my thoughts and prayers. Jack was a great...Read More »
10 of 12 | Posted by: Bob Goldenbogen - Marine City, MI

“Yes, we do have special memories. From the many boat trips with your Florida family, getting lost on the boat with Uncle Mel and sharing other...Read More »
11 of 12 | Posted by: Irene Hays Schellhase Schellhase - FL

“A dear uncle who will be greatly missed! Glad I could enjoy sailing with you wonderful memories! ”
12 of 12 | Posted by: Susan Sanderson - Roscoe, IL


John Edgar "Jack" Bates Jr., age 91, died Saturday, November 26, 2016 at McLaren Macomb Hospital in Mount Clemens, Michigan with his family at his side. Jack was born on Valentine's Day, February 14, 1925 in Detroit, Michigan, son of the late John Edgar Bates and the late Irene Catherine (nee: Robinson) Bates.

Jack was raised in Detroit and graduated from Detroit's Denby High School. Following his schooling, Jack enrolled at Central Michigan University before being called to serve his country during World War II. Jack served in the United States Navy from February 1943 until receiving his honorable discharge in July of 1946. He would ultimately attain the rank of Lieutenant.

Jack returned home following his military service and also resumed his studies, attending and graduating from Wayne State University in Detroit with a Master's Degree. Jack was a constant educator who sought more knowledge and learning experiences, not only for himself but for others. His life evolved and revolved around education and the betterment of the world. He worked for over 40 years at Wayne State University and served the University in varying roles from educator, to Dean of Student Activities, and also the Assistant to the President of the University.

Jack was a man of many passions. Throughout his life he was an avid sailor and boater, along with enjoying his other love of the outdoors,...hunting. He loved all types of music, especially jazz, and was a self-taught musician who enjoyed playing the saxophone, piano, banjo, as well as many other instruments. Jack was involved with so many different organizations, groups, civic organizations, and especially at Wayne State University. It was very hard to understand how he managed to be present at so many functions. A central point of Jack's life was his family and children with whom he made time to be both a mentor and loving father.

Beloved husband of the late Margaret "Peg" Bates, and dear father of Catherine Drabant, Marjorie (William) Heck, John E. Bates III (Laura Harman), and Linda Evo. Loving grandfather of Jaime (Michael) Picio, Michelle (Greg) Kinney, Charles Heck, Maureen (Jeremy) Fernicola, Michael (Sara) Heck, Chad (Roberta) Hodges, and Danielle (Randy) Goldenberg. Cherished brother of Dr. William L. Bates, Marjorie Parsons, H. Charles (Patricia) Nelson, Catherine Leidner, and the late Charlie Bates. Also survived by ten great- grandchildren and many nieces, nephews, and loving friends.

Visitation for Mr. Bates will be held Friday, December 2nd from 3-9pm at the D.S. Temrowski & Sons Funeral Home, 30009 Hoover Road at Common (12 1/2 Mile) in Warren. His Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday at the Funeral Home.

Memorial donations may be made to the Dossin Great Lakes Museum, c/o Detroit Historical Society Dept # 771783 PO Box 77000 Detroit, MI 48277, Disabled American Veterans, www.DAV.org, or the Detroit Zoological Commission, https://zoonet.detroitzoo.org

Please share memories of Jack at his memory book above.