Our adoring father, husband, grandpa and friend, Kent Luke Coates peacefully passed away in the early morning hours on Thursday, October 6, 2022. One day after celebrating 65 years of marriage to his loving wife Karen.
Kent entered this world on February 18, 1938 in Junction, UT to Leo and VaLoy Coates. He was the second of four children in his family. Catherine, deceased, Randy (Evelyn), Tanya (Danny).
He always had a deep love for nature and loved the fall harvesting season. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, riding horses and visiting his beloved cabin in the mountains. He embraced the cool mountain air and taught his daughter, grandchildren and great-grandchildren to do the same. His descendants will be forever thankful for the sense of wonder and delight he instilled in them. Spotting deer, fishing and four-wheeling will always remind them of Grandpa and his playful, sparkly eyes.
In 1957, he met the love of his life, his “Sweetheart” Karen Dalton. On October 5, 1957 they were married in Circleville, Utah. They became eternal companions when their marriage was solemnized in the St. George Temple on April 13, 1963. They made their home in Circleville, a place that he lovingly called “Round Town.” After dealing with the heartache of a stillbirth daughter in 1960, they were blessed with the birth of their daughter, Lori in 1962. Together they built their dream cabin on Beaver mountain, that is full of many cherished family memories. After retiring from W.W. Clyde Construction, he could often be found in "Kent's Hideout Shop" building something from meticulously chosen wood that he usually milled himself. He could also be found tending to his appealing garden, where he was known for giving his treasured watermelons and pumpkins to his beloved great-grandkids and neighbors. Anyone who knew Kent, knew his most prized possession was his family. He was a devoted husband and spent most of his last years pushing through his own pain each day to make sure his dear wife had a good day. He was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and was a diligent servant in fulfilling his church callings.
His family will be forever grateful for his example of patience, kindness, strength, unconditional love, quick wit and undeniable testimony of Jesus Christ. He will be remembered for his unwavering love for and dedication to his family. This “Rough Tough Cowboy” had a hard battle at the end, but we know he found peace, comfort and happy trails with our Father above. We will miss our special “Grandpa Great. ” Until we meet again.
He is having a joyful reunion with his eternal family! We imagine there are horses involved too.
Kent is survived by his wife, Karen; daughter, Lori (Terry) Worthen; grandchildren: Brittany (James) Hoyt, Danielle (David) Fontano, Colton (Jackie) Worthen; and 9 great-grandchildren: Sheridyn, Madison, Jaylee, Griffin, McKoy, Henry, Tavin, Walter and Jaxton.
We wish to thank all the extraordinary people who have helped our family over the last year. Our friends and family have carried us through a challenging time that we have faced. A special thanks to Bishop Lynn Morgan, Intermountain Home Health; Kalli, Shauna and Jody. Also, Sun Tree Home Health and Hospice; Ethan Bunker and All Seasons Senior Living Center and their angel employees.
Funeral services will be held Friday, October 14, 2022 at 12:00 Noon in the Circleville 2nd Ward Chapel, 195 W 200 S, where friends may call from 10:30-11:30a.m. Burial will be in the Circleville Cemetery. Live streaming of the services can be found at www.maglebymortuary.com below Kents‘s obituary. Funeral Directors: Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti. Online guestbook at www.maglebymortuary.com
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Circleville 2nd Ward missionary fund.