Angie and Gates grew up in San Jose, CA. They met in 2003 and were married in July of 2004. In August, of the same year, the Brownes moved to Phoenix Arizona where Gates graduated from Arizona State University in May 2009, with a degree in Civil Engineering. The Brownes relocated to Indianapolis Indiana after accepting a position with Duke Energy. Gates passed the California PE exam in the fall of 2011, and became licenses in the State of Iowa in 2013. Gates currently works for Simply Structural in Tempe, Arizona.
Gates is the youngest of five children. His brothers and sisters live throughout the United States. Each of his siblings are married with children and together there are 21 grandchildren.