Official Obituary of

Warren Dale Coats

January 22, 1939 ~ February 4, 2024 (age 85) 85 Years Old

Warren Coats Obituary

Warren “Dale” Coats went home to be with the Lord, February 4, 2024, while at the Partners in Care Hospice House, in Bend, after battling Lewy body Dementia.


Dale was born January 22, 1939 in Rock Springs Wyoming, to James and Vera Coats.  His childhood years were spent in Long Beach California, and his wonderful high school years were attended at Jordan High School, in Long Beach.  His 1956 Chevy was his prize possession, and he especially enjoyed being president of a very active car club.


During his senior high school year, he met his lifetime sweetheart, Irene Matthews.  They were married on July 10, 1959. Dale worked at North American Aviation at that time as a mechanical engineer and was proud to have had a part in working on the Apollo Space Craft.  Dale served in the Army National Guard from 1959-1963. In 1966 Dale and Irene moved to Beaverton, Oregon with their two children, Steve and Debbie, where Dale worked for Tektronix for many years.

In 1969 Dale made another life commitment, to follow Jesus, at Village Baptist Church. He absolutely loved the outdoors, and he used that love for ministry with youth, leading climbs up Mt Hood, and taking many week-long backpacking trips into the wilderness. Fishing, hiking, bike riding, and woodworking, were his passions. But his greatest love was his wife and family.  Healthy marriage was also a high priority, and pre-marital counseling became another ministry involvement.

The family moved to Newberg in 1979 and enjoyed 20 years living there.  In 1999 Dale and Irene moved to Sisters for his employment at Weitech.  They were active members of Sisters Community Church.  A new ministry developed, this time with 4 legged partners, Lucky and Buddy, his therapy dogs.  Along with his wife, they visited many memory care facilities, schools, fire camps, and became volunteers with Partners in Care.  

Dale was also honored to be a member of the Sisters American Legion, and forever grateful for their help during his cancer recovery. 


A move closer to Bend was made in 2016 for health reasons. 


His family cherished him, grieve his loss, but look forward to the day when they will see him again.

Dale was preceded in death by his parents and brother Garry W. Coats.  He is survived by his wife Irene, son Steven (Dannette) Coats, daughter Debbie (Michael) Ford, sister Ada Unruh, five grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life will be held at Sisters Community Church, on April 13, 2024, at 2:00 pm.

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Celebration of Life
April 13, 2024

2:00 PM
Sisters Community Church
1300 McKenzie Hwy
Sisters, OR 97759

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Sisters Community Church 1300 McKenzie Hwy Sisters, OR 97759

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