Duane Preston Gates, age 69, passed away on May 29, 2012 in Colville. He was born on Oct. 26, 1942, the son of Lloyd Wil¬liam and Rhoda Ann (Holcomb) Gates in Ann Arbor, Michigan. After high School, Duane enlisted in the United States Army and served for four years before receiving an Honorable Dis¬charge.Duane was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He lived in Northern California and Phoenix, Arizona before relocating to Colville, where he met his wife, Barbara, on a blind date in 1986. Per Duane’s request, there will be no service. If one so wishes, memorial contributions may be made to The American Cancer Society in Duane’s name.Danekas Funeral Chapel and Crematory has been entrusted with the arrangements.