Gilbert Marion Gates was born 11 July 1898 in Belleview, Washington County, Utah to Wellington Forsberry Gates (1866-1942) and Alice Jane Hardy (1868-1940) and died 20 October 1973 St. George, Washington County, Utah of unspecified causes. He married Leila Adair (1897-1989) 30 September 1920 in St. George, Washington County, Utah.


The parents of Crawford Marion Gates:

Crawford Marion Gates (1921) was born an only child on 29 December 1921 in San Francisco, California. A few years after his birth Gates’ family moved to Palo Alto where they resided for most of his childhood. His father, Gilbert Marion Gates, and Arthur Crawford were champion debate partners between 1918 and 1919 at Dixie College in St. George, Utah. The esteem they had for each other led them to “[make] a pact between themselves that they would respectively name their first son after the other person’s last name,”1 hence Crawford Gates. Gilbert Gates was a businessman who left Utah to study law in California, though due to the demands of work—in order to support a family—never finished and instead became an accountant and office manager for a number of companies. His mother, Leila Adair (1897-1989), also worked in businesses most of Crawford’s childhood especially during the Great Depression. Crawford recounts of this time that, “one of the first symptoms is that the lights were turned off. We lived with candles. I remember that a lot of canning was being done, because the food supply was running short.”2

Aside from their employment and familial responsibilities his parents were both very active as members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Neither one of Crawford’s parents were musicians, yet they were supportive of Crawford’s pursuits. Gates refers to his mother as being a special influence and encouragement in part due to her background.


Offspring of Gilbert Marion Gates and Leila Adair (1897-1989)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Crawford Marion Gates (1921) 29 December [[]] San Francisco, San Francisco County, California Georgia Lauper (living)



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