Arthur Lee Grate was born in Amarillo, Texas on November 2, 1923 to Adell and Van Grate. He obtained his formal education in Rosebud, Texas graduating from William White High School in 1939.
Even from an early age it was apparent that Arthur greatly appreciated finely crafted clothing. He became known for maintaining an impeccable appearance.
After moving to Denver in the early 1950's Arthur married Betty Joyce Pointer and they raised three children: Violette, Ralph, and Clifton Grate. From the early 1970's Mr. Grate has been a well-respected resident of Downtown Denver.
Arthur dedicated over 35 years of his life working for Trailways Bus Lines which later became Greyhound. He was often recognized for going above and beyond the call of duty to assist travelers as they came through Denver.
Reaching 93 years of age, Arthur was preceded in passing by numerous members of his family including his brothers and sisters: Clifton, Milton, Clarence, Dorothy, and Beulah; and his son Clifton Grate. Those left to cherish his memory include his other children: Violette L. Grate Smith and Ralph Grate; grandchildren: Damone, Michael and Christopher; great-grandchildren: Armani, Nicholas, Kemoni, Kamari and Princess. In addition, cherishing Arthur's memory are his nieces; Gloria Walker, Delvira Robinson, Linda and Lois Marie Gate, Barbara Payne and Brenda Giddings; cousins: Clarence, Dan Gate, Jr. and Irma Cavett Ward.
Among Arthur's personal belongings, a handwritten note was found which read:
"I now begin the journey that will lead me into the sunset of my life. When the Lord calls me home, whenever that may be, I will leave with the greatest love for this country of ours and eternal optimism for its future."