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Richard "Rick" Acevedo

February 22, 1951 - April 27, 2016


Richard is survived by his wife, Marilyn Acevedo and her children, Kahli Estes and Ryan Gilliam; son, Eric Acevedo and his wife, Nada Acevedo, and their children, Alexandra and Jovan. Rick also shared his life and love with his step-daughter, Rosanna Valet and her daughters, Amy Spinden and Jodi Roper whom all reside in Oregon. He leaves behind his mother, June Acevedo, and his three brothers; Thomas Acevedo, Gary Acevedo and Frank Acevedo, whom all reside in Montana.
 
Rick was born and raised in Western Montana. He grew up in the small mill town of Plains, attending high school there. He then attended the University of Montana.
 
In 1978, Rick went to work for his tribe, The Confederated Salish and Kooteni Tribes of the Flathead Indian Reservation as their Tribal Prosecutor, a position he held for six years. Richard moved to Oregon in 1986 and owned and operated Poseidon Sea Foods in Newport, Oregon.
 
In 1988 Richard was selected to manage the State of Oregon Executive Department’s Office of Women and Minority Business. He took the position as Manager of the Indian Child Welfare Act for the Children’s Services Division in 1990. Then, in 1998, he was hired by the Director’s Office of the Department of Human Services as Tribal Relations Liaison. He retired from that position in 2013.
 
Rick had a lifelong participation in Indian issues and working with Indian communities. He continued to do that even after retirement by serving on the Board of the Native American Rehabilitation Association (NARA).
 
Rick loved the coast, fishing and crabbing, his boat, home projects, working on cars, movies, golf, politics, history, travel, family time and his pets. Most will remember his great sense of humor. He lived life to the fullest and always said, “I’m having a great time,” whether he was in a coffee shop or cruising the Panama Canal.
 
A Celebration of Rick’s Life will be held on Saturday, May 14, 2:00 p.m., at Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service, 605 Commercial St., Salem, Oregon. Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to the Willamette Humane Society.

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