Kevin Robert Goates, a prominent member of the Sierra Vista community and Director of Unmanned Systems Integration Center at Northrop Grumman Corporation, has accepted an assignment from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to serve as the mission president for the Argentina Mendoza Mission. His wife, Louise Dianne Kowallis Goates, will also have vital responsibilities in the management of the mission.The area they will be overseeing is a part of Argentina that is “larger than California, but smaller than Texas.” The area they will be overseeing is a part of Argentina that is “larger than California, but smaller than Texas.” About 250 missionaries will report to them. The Goates will be responsible for leading the young men and women, plus some retired missionaries in their charge, making housing arrangements, training them to teach the gospel, and to seeing to their physical and spiritual well-being.
The Goates will report to the Mission Training Center in Provo, Utah, on the 21st of June, where they will receive basic instruction for their three-year assignment. From there they will proceed to Argentina and meet with Church officials in the area for more specific training. They will serve in Argentina from July 2014 through July 2017.
Kevin Goates is the son of Richard Floyd Bird Goates and Marilyn Knowlden. As a young man, he served as a missionary in the Bolivia La Paz/Santa Cruz Mission. His Church responsibilities in Sierra Vista have included various leadership positions and teaching in the congregations to which he belonged.
Before her marriage, Dianne Goates served as missionary in the Colombia Bogota Mission. She has served as president of both the women’s and female youth organizations of her local congregation, and as an instructor for scripture study for adults and college students. She is the daughter of Otto Karl and Cleo Marie Kowallis.
The Goates have lived in Sierra Vista for more than 20 years and raised their four children there. Dianne said, “We love Sierra Vista and will be back.”