Marco Bates, 35

BOISE — Marco Bates, 35, passed away from natural causes on Wednesday, June 29, 2011, in Boise.
Marco was born on Aug. 1, 1975, in Fuerth, Germany, to Ilse Roedl. When Marco was two, his mother married Danny Bates who was stationed in Germany with the United States Army.
Danny adopted Marco and he became an official Bates family member. Shortly after, Marco and his mother immigrated to the United States, living in Blackfoot and Danny later joined them. Marco then became the proud brother of his sister Daniela Bates.
Marco spent his childhood in Idaho, Texas, and California and returned to Pocatello in his teens where he lived with his father Danny and stepmother Jodi (Estel) Bates and brother and sister Aaron and Angela Bates for several years. Marco then ventured to the Twin Falls area. During this time he became the father of Randalee Bowyer and Jourdan, Jaesa, Jayden, Jakinze and Jaynalee Bates.
In 1998, Marco joined the Army National Guard in Twin Falls and received several awards. He was extremely proud of his service.
After discharge from the Army, Marco met Kelli Osterhout Edwards of Twin Falls who turned his life in the right direction and they became soulmates. On Jan. 1, 2007, Marco and Kelli were married in Buhl and he became a stepfather to Kelbee and Jaiden Edwards. Marco and Kelli added to their family with the birth of their daughter Markell. In 2007, Marco and Kelli and their children moved to Boise.
Marco was a very outgoing person, liked by everyone who met him. He had an incredible sense of humor that brought laughter to all. Marco loved being a father and tried his hardest to always set a good example. He was a jack-of-all-trades and always gave a lending hand to those in need. He enjoyed life and especially spending fun times with family and friends. Marco was one of a kind. His family and friends will miss him dearly -- always and forever.
Marco is survived by his wife Kelli and children Kelbee and Jaiden Edwards and Markell Bates of Boise, daughter Randalee Bowyer of Boise, sons Jourdan and Jayden Bates and daughters Jaesa, Jakinze, and Jaynalee Bates of Twin Falls. He is also survived by his mother Ilse Bates (Gary Cox) of Raft River, father Danny Bates of Pocatello, stepmother Jodi Bates of Pocatello, sister Daniela (Josh) McAllister of Boise, sister Angela (Ray) Ewing of Monroe La.; brother Aaron (Jaelyn Chapman) Bates of Pocatello, father- and mother-in-law Larry and Dona Jo Osterhout of Paul, grandparents Jim and Denise Estel of Pocatello and grandmother Hilde Keller of Erlangen, Germany. Marco was preceded in death by his
paternal grandparents Donald and Dixie Bates of Blackfoot.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, July 6, 2011, at Bowman Funeral Parlor, 5525 North Glenwood Street, Garden City at 11 a.m. The family will receive visitors one hour prior to services. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Marco Bates Memorial Account, c/o Capital Educators, FCU, 275 S. Stratford Dr.,
Meridian, ID 83680. For detailed information and updates on services, please visit http://