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Bates, Shawn

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Shawn Bates 1960 - 2011 Shawn died suddenly, but peacefully, on August 3rd with family at her San Francisco home. Shawn was born on 02/29/1960 in SF to William R. Bates & Shirley M. Bates (MacNess) & spent her youth in SF, Marin & Santa Rosa. She traveled extensively before attending Sac. State & graduated from SF State with a BA in journalism in 1986. Shawn was a respected and beloved fixture on the SF live music scene encompassing her college years to the early 1990s. While at the DNA lounge - 1987-1993, her innovative approach helped establish the club as one of SF's leading venues of live music featuring a unique variety of genres - notably inclusive of alt. rock and rap. Shawn was well known as a regular 'on air' DJ at the college radio station KUSF & as a local club DJ and event promoter. Shawn spent many happy years with several record labels, beginning locally w Hearts of Space Records & then Concord Records Jazz label, East Bay & later Beverly Hills. In 2003 Shawn & Casey Conroy co-founded WeareFlex, a prosperous music marketing consultancy firm which successfully established long term relationships with premier independent record labels including the Mack Avenue Music Group based in Detroit. Shawn will be remembered as a vibrant, compassionate and colorful person who loved life in General and San Francisco specifically. She was very active in her children's lives & nonprofit organizations, political fundraising and the Jefferson Elementary PTA. She is survived by Paul Webb, her husband of 22 years, their children James (15) and Lucy (8), her elder brother Robert (Bob) & sister Janetha Walsh. She will be sorely missed by her family & extensive & diverse set of friends and colleagues. Messages of condolence are welcome at and for details of a public reception on August 24th. See also Facebook Page "Fans of Shawn Bates". In lieu of flowers please consider a donation in her name to the Ida Friend Infusion Center Educational Funds for her children will be set up by Frances DeNoto-Reynolds (