Barton County Commissioner Killed in Plane Crash
- Published on Wednesday, 23 April 2014 09:19
The patrol says 67-year-old Don Cates, a Barton County Commissioner from Claflin, died Tuesday afternoon when his ultralight, single-engine plane hit a power line and crashed into a ditch just northwest of Garfield in Pawnee County. Cates was the only person on board.
Cates joined the Barton County Commission in 2010.
Cates was a pilot in Vietnam and was awarded several military honors. He then flew for 34 years as a commercial pilot before reaching the mandatory retirement age. He worked several jobs after that and was flying for Pratt's Farmers Spraying Service when he crashed.
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