Philip D. Coates, 76, of Signal Mountain, Tenn., formerly Hudson, passed away from injuries from a motorcycle accident on Saturday, Feb. 16, at University Hospital in San Antonio, Texas.
Phil was born on Oct. 19, 1931, in San Antonio, Texas, the son of Philip and LaMerle (Reaves) Coates. He attended Baylor Military Academy for boys in Chattanooga. Following this he joined the U.S. Air Force (stationed at Chanute Air Force Base, Rantuol, Ill.), where he was an officer instructor. He later returned to school at Georgia Institute of Technology, where he was awarded a degree in business administration. Following his graduation, he joined the family business GW Reaves Milling Machine Distribution. From there Phil joined America Lava Corp., which was soon acquired by Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing, where he worked from 1961 to 1994. With 3M, Phil was integral in developing and promoting air emission products and spoke at many Earth Day events.
On Oct. 14, 1961, he married Phyllis J. Willis in Chattanooga, Tenn. In 1974, his job brought the two of them and their daughters to Hudson, where they made their home for the next 20 years. Phil was well loved by his family and friends for his spirit and adventure of life. He enjoyed, camping, canoeing, music, reading, traveling, sailing, cars, motorcycles, woodworking, spending time with his family and friends and a good joke.
Phil is survived by his brother, William R. (Virginia) Coates; his sister, Mary Ann Hylen; daughters, Tracy Coates and Trish (Ron) Knutson; grandsons, Evan Knutson and Sean Knutson.
Phil joins his wife, Phyllis, in death and his cousin and longtime friend, Henry J. Mincke.
The memorial service will be in the lodge at Camp St. Croix at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 6.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the John Wallace Benefit Fund, 835 Southview Blvd., South St. Paul MN 55075 or to your favorite charity.