Bryce Gordon Coates

4-14-1940 ~ 4/5/2015

CoatesBryceCropMt. Pleasant, Utah – Bryce Coates, 74 passed away on Sunday April 5th at the Utah Valley Medical Center surrounded by many of his family members. He was born April 14, 1940 in Mt Pleasant, Utah to Alvin Levi and Melba Elizabeth Coates. He joined one brother on that day and together they welcomed a third brother to the family a few years later.

Bryce grew up in Mt Pleasant and graduated from Sanpete High School. After graduation, he moved to Ogden Utah to attend Weber State University. While attending school, he worked as a machinist at Marquart and while living in Ogden he met and married Sherilyn Sharp and together raised eight wonderful children. They later divorced. Bryce attended Utah State University and graduated with a teaching degree. He taught math and science at the High Schools in Grantsville, UT and Cokeville, WY respectively. After a few years left teaching and opened a Radio Shack business in Kemmerer WY with Sherilyn. Upon retirement he moved back to Mt Pleasant were he reconnected with old friends and made new ones along the way.

Bryce loved anything and everything outdoors. He loved to hunt, fish and to take long drives up in the mountains at every opportunity. He loved music and was very musically inclined. He played the guitar, sang wonderfully and could pick out a song on the piano after only hearing it one time. He was in a band for several years with his friends and they often played for programs and at weddings. His skill with the guitar allowed him to enter a flat pick contest, where he won the opportunity to play in a national contest in Kansas City. Bryce was an amazing artist and especially loved to paint outdoor scenes with oils. He loved to tell and retell stories and he loved to make up new ones. Later in his life he began to write short stories and books, which he had hoped to get published.

Bryce was preceded in death by his Father Alvin Levi Coates, his Mother Melba Elizabeth Tidwell. He is survived by Sherilyn Coates, his two brothers Leland Coates (Sharron) and Dennis Coates (Shanna) as well as his eight children Debra Sparks (John), Kathy Miller, Jodi Tinker (Bryan), Kristine Cornia (Tony), Warren Coates (Monica), Tammy Christian (Sean), Michelle Hymer (Tom) and Robert Coates (Lori) and many Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren. His family and friends will miss him dearly, but will carry fond memories of him always.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00pm Thursday, April 9th, at the Mt. Pleasant 5th Ward Chapel Building located at 49S State Street, Mt Pleasant, UT. A viewing will be held immediately prior from 11:30am – 12:30pm. Interment is at Mount Pleasant City Cemetery. Online memories and tributes can be sent to the family at