Bill C. Tate passed away peacefully at Tri-Cities Chaplaincy Hospice in Kennewick on Jan. 14, 2010. He was 69. He was born in Lewiston, Idaho to Ben and Dorothy Tate on June 30, 1940. Bill spent his early years in Walla Walla and later moved to Headquarters, Idaho. He married Sandra Tate on May 3, 1967 at the First Methodist Church in Lewiston.
Bill was successful in many businesses, including owning and operating Lower Valley Memorial Gardens in Sunnyside. After retiring, he stayed involved with his children's businesses and was active in the community. He loved to travel and RV with his wife, and enjoyed camping and snowmobiling with his children and grandchildren.
He was very generous, had a positive outlook on life and had an outgoing personality. He loved to visit with family and friends, and especially loved to spend time with his grandchildren. Bill was treasured by his family and will be deeply missed.
Bill is survived by his wife of 42 years, Sandra M. Tate of Pasco; daughter Chantelle and Andy Hernandez of Jefferson, Ore.; sons Anthony and Kathryn Tate of Pasco and Kelly and Ramona Tate of Pasco; grandchildren Danny Hernandez, Max Hernandez, Andrea Hernandez-Carter, Stephanie Tate, Angus Tate and Taylor Tate; great grandchildren Elijah, Ben, and Leticia Hernandez, Andrew and Ezra Carter; nephew Brian and Candi Tate of Pasco; brother Ben (Miss Yu) Tate; sisters Shirley (Red) Marker, Sharon (Mike) Lepka and Linda (Nick) Buhl and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
Bill was preceded in death by his father Ben Tate, mother Dorothy Blankinship, brothers Donald and Mike Tate, and Steve Blankinship.
A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2010 at Columbia Memorial Chapel in Pasco. Contributions can be made to Tri-Cities Chaplaincy Hospice c/o Columbia Memorial Chapel, P.O. Box 2325, Pasco, WA 99302.