NLJ Staff


Dec. 31, 1949–May 20, 2020

Frederic Joseph Pate passed away May 20, 2020, at his home in Las Cruces, N.M., following a long battle with cancer. 

He was born Dec. 31, 1949, in Newcastle, Wyo., to Raymond and Berenice (Hinz) Pate. He attended school in Newcastle, graduating in 1968. He attended Sheridan College, then entered the U.S. Army where he served in Germany. Upon his return he settled in Gillette, Wyo., where he worked for Halliburton Company.

While in Gillette he met Janet Plummer, and they were married in 1977. In the 1980s they moved to Denver, Colo., where he worked at various jobs until they moved to Las Cruces. 

He is survived by his wife, Jan; his son, John; three grandchildren; his sister and brother-in-law, Cheri and Wayne Smith; sister, Tamala of Kennebec, S.D.; and his brother and sister-in-law, Dennis and Connie Pate and family of Gillette. 

Services will be held at Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Newcastle in July.


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