Jan. 5, 2017 A gentle kind soul left us on a cold January day. Susan was born Oct. 6, 1958, in Idaho Falls to Dan H. Bates and Thelma Freeman Bates. Susan had health issues from the start, but never thought of herself as unlucky. She was a employee of Fresh Pak for 19 years. She was a care provider and companion to our mother as she dealt with her advancing years. Susan was always a champion for the poor underdog and always had time to be a good listener. Susan met and married her soulmate, Raul Garcia, on Jan. 21, 1987. There were blessed with one son, Jason. He was always the most important person in their life. Susan is survived by her husband, Raul; son, Jason (Jean) Garcia; granddaughter, Amelia, who definitely the light of her life; three step-grandchildren, Israel, Taya and Jasmin; sisters, Carolyn (Bill) Garner and Darlene (John) Foster; numerous nieces and nephews; and numerous friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers, Bill, Labar and Clay Bates. A gathering of family and friends will be on a warm summer day as requested by Susan. A line from Susan's favorite singer, Elvis Presley: "All my trials, Lord Soon will be over."
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