Published On 5/1/2023
Meeting up with new SaddleBrooke resident Daphne Cates, from Idaho Falls, I asked what drew her here. Newly married, she had been living up north with her husband of three years, and her horse. They recently did a road trip to visit family in Tucson, and Cates was NOT enamored with the heat or the endless miles of flat desert-scape. That all changed when she took in the view from her aunt’s SaddleBrooke backyard. She felt relaxed, healed and at peace. The mountains, saguaros and ocotillos energized her, and just like that, Cates and her husband decided to buy a new home in the Preserve. She quickly signed up as a member of the SaddleBrooke Fine Arts Guild.
Asked if she was always creative, she said “I served in the U.S. Army as a line cook and had dreamed of attending a Culinary Arts Program. After my daughter was born, I put that dream on hold for a bit, so that I could be the best mom possible.” At one point, when helping with her daughter’s math homework became a struggle,