CW5 David A. Coates was a VHPA member who died after his tour in Vietnam on 02/28/2011 at the age of 63.0 from Heart attack
Saint Cloud, FL
Flight Classes 69-43 and 69-39
Date of Birth 03/03/1948
Served in the U.S. Army
Served in Vietnam with A/1/9 CAV 1 CAV in 70-71, D/229 AVN 1 CAV in 71
Call sign in Vietnam APACHE 23
This information was provided by Jay Brown, John N. Peele

More detail on this person: Chief Warrant Officer (Retd) Dave Coates passed away this morning, 28 February 2011, around 7:00am. Dave has been battling Pancreatic Cancer. He did well with the surgery but the Chemo and Radiation Therapy were just too brutal. Dave suffered a Massive Heart Attack this morning 28 February 2011 around 7:00am in his home. His wife Patricia and his Grandson were with him. The Medical Emergency Team was called and they transported Dave to the hospital but could not revive him.

Dave's memorial Service will be held 5 March 2011 at 3:00pm in the Osceola Memorial Gardens, Kissimmee, Florida.

Dave did attend the recent Apache Troop Reunion in Florida and has said so many times how important it was to see so many of the Troopers and how important all of you were to him and to Patricia.

Condolences can be sent to Patricia at: e-Mail:

Dave will be truly missed by us all. He was a Great Guy, Incredible Trooper and an Excellent Friend. He was a Great Family Man and leaves a very Sad Family.

Your Friendship now will certainly help Patricia and her (grown) Children and Grandchildren during this time of sadness.

From: John N. Peele

In Loving Memory David Alan Coates 3/3/1948 - 2/28/2011

Mr. David Alan Coates, 62, of St. Cloud, FL passed away on Monday February 28, 2011 at St. Cloud Regional Medical Center. He was the husband of Patricia P.C. (Collins) Coates. David was born in Bluffton, Indiana on March 3, 1948, the son of Donald and Norma (Hedges) Coates. He retired from the U.S. Army after proudly serving for 32 years. He served as an Army Aviator in Vietnam, Gulf War I and Somalia. After retirement, he was employed as a Subject Matter Expert by Alion Science and Technology. In addition to his wife, David is survived by three daughters, Tammy Burke of Indiana, Shannon Duncan of Panama City, FL, Marnie Duncan of Newman, GA; three sons, David Kris (Joy) Coates of Nashville, TN, James (Martha) Coates of Nashville, TN, and James Duncan of Panama City, FL. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren & 1 great grandchild and a brother, Kenneth (Mary) Coates of Indianapolis, Indiana. A celebration of David's life with full military honors will be held on Saturday, March 5, 2011 beginning at 3:00 PM in the funeral home chapel. A reception will follow after the service also at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, a plant for a memory garden or a donation to any wounded warrior charity would be appreciated. Arrangements under the direction of Osceola Memory Gardens Funeral Home, 2000 13th Street, St. Cloud, FL 34769. 407.957.2511.

The Family of David Coates requests the donation of plants for a memory garden or donations to any wounded warrior charity be made in his memory.

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