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He was born in a small town near Billings, Mont. Feb. 4, 1936. He lost his mother at the tender age of 9, so he was raised by his older sister, Tharon.
John joined the Army March 29, 1953, and he was given honorable discharge Jan. 20, 1961. He served in the Korean War.
He married Hatsumi Utsumi at the American Embassy in Tokyo, Japan, Aug. 29, 1958. He was serving in the U.S. Army at the time.
After residing in Japan, the couple moved to Tacoma, Wash. They welcomed eight children: Ray, Eugene, Clifford, Ian, Teresa, Riki, Tami and Jay, as well as 24 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
John will be missed for his humorous stories and his tremendous love of music. He also enjoyed working with wood. He greatly enjoyed his grandchildren and celebrated in their accomplishments.
John worked for St. Regis and West Tacoma Newsprint in Tacoma, Wash.; South Coast Lumber Co. in Brookings; Kinzua Corp. in Heppner; Edward Hines Lumber Co. in Hines; and Weyerhauser in Cottage Grove. He worked for Weyerhauser until his retirement.
John is survived by siblings, Marie Lamb of Fairbanks, Alaska, Pat Cate of Santa Rosa, Calif., Jan Cate of Wenatchee, Wash., and Roy and Dick Cate both of Omak, Wash.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Hatsumi Cate; daughter, Tami Clark; son, Jay Cate; and grandson, Ian Cate.