Richard Sarton Gates

SALEM, OR — Richard Sarton Gates passed away on Friday April 9, 2021 in peace surrounded by a loving community. Richard was born on December 13, 1961 to George W Gates III and Joan Samsel (Gates) and was welcomed by his 2 sisters Frances and Suzanne. He was followed a few years later by a younger brother George W Gates IV.

He grew up in the Portland area and spent his early years attending the Emily School. He moved to his first group home in his late teens and worked for a closed workshop for a time. He moved into his last home run by the Albertina Kerr Foundation, Appaloosa House around 2005. He is survived by his two roommates Michael and Kevin. He went on many adventures with the Foundation. He loved his community inclusion rides every day and he spent time at the beach, the zoo, bowling and many other adventures.

Richard, also affectionately known by his family as “Ricky” loved train rides from the time of his first trip to Montana to see his grandparents. Ricky had an unending joy for life. His sweet energetic personality touched everyone around him

Richard Sarton Gates

Our family would like to take this time to express our deepest appreciation to the Albertina Staff, former and current, who have tirelessly taken such good care of our brother. You are his family too and we want to honor the relationship that you had with him. Without you being there and providing the level of care you have over the years I do not know what we would have done.

Richard was preceded in death by both sets of grandparents, Joe and Laura (Morigeau) Matte and Jane and G. Walter Gates II, and uncle Wayne Joseph Matte.

He is survived by both parents, Joan Samsel and George Gates III, sisters Frances Gates, Suzanne Gates, brother George Gates IV (Jenny Stenseth); nieces Audrey and Vivian Gates, Nicole Samsel (Jimmy Klapper), and grandniece Polly and many aunts and cousins.

There will be a Celebration of Life Mass at the Mission Catholic Church Church on Thursday April 22, 2021 at 10:30 A.M. followed by immediate burial at the St. Ignatius Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of any flowers we request donations be made to Albertina Kerr Foundation in Richards name at the Memories and condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements are under the care of The Lake Funeral Home and Crematory.

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