Sacramento Developer Buzz Oates Dies At 90

CBS Sacramento

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SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Sacramento developer and philanthropist Buzz Oates died in his home Saturday morning, surrounded by family. He was 90.

He is being remembered as a visionary and one of Sacramento’s most prolific businessmen.

Buzz started out as a locksmith before unlocking his potential as a builder.

“It’s a rags-to-riches American dream story, and I think what separated my dad from everyone else was his ability to work harder than everyone else,” said Buzz’s son Phil Oates.

Nearly 20 years ago, CBS13 spoke with Buzz in 1995 about building a privately financed football stadium.

“Private enterprise should develop the stadium, because they can do it for a fraction of the cost than what it would cost the city,” he said.

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