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Jerry Anthony Gatto

February 19, 1939 - February 26, 2019

Jerry Anthony Gatto

 

February 19, 1939 – February 26th, 2019

 

Portland’s ambassador of “I Believe” and positivity both on and off the field, Jerry passed away at the age of 80.

 

Born and raised in the inner Southeast neighborhood in Portland, Oregon, he was the son of August and Marie Gatto.  Jerry attended Central Catholic High School, University of Portland, and completed graduate studies at Portland State University.  After honorably discharged from service in the US Army,   Jerry began his marriage of 54 years to the love of his life, Carol.

 

A career in education, school administration, and coaching beginning at Portland’s Boise Elementary, succeeded into successful tenures at Cleveland High School, Lewis & Clark College, and culminated in creating NW Star Academy and Productions – representing his dream of providing life opportunities to all student athletes.

 

Always the visionary, Jerry overachieved in all aspects of his life, using his love of the sport of baseball as a key vehicle enabling much of his success.

 

With Cleveland High School responsibilities spanning coaching, counseling, and Director of Athletics, achievements included 1979 Portland Interscholastic League (PIL) title, state semi-finalist, four Area II American Legion Championships, all while organizing & fundraising team trips to Hawaii, Japan, and Italy.

 

Lewis & Clark College continued Jerry’s successful tradition.  Responsibilities included teaching instructor, Director of Athletics, Development Director, and head Baseball Coach.  He was a 6-time recipient of Northwest Conference Coach of the Year, the Area (West Coast) Coach of the Year, Nike Sports Award, Coached 57 All Conference players, won three Northwest Conference titles, five NAIA District II championships, and led the Pioneers to the NAIA Area I Baseball World Series – at the time, the first Oregon team to participate in the national tournament in 20 years.

 

Jerry was proud to be recognized in five Hall of Fame’s, including Cleveland High School, Oregon State High School Baseball, P.I.L., NAIA District II, and Lewis & Clark College. Yet he was humbled and honored to have positively impacted the lives of so many of his students, athletes, family and friends.

 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Jerry’s honor be made to Central Catholic High School or the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

 

Jerry lived by his three “F’s” – family, faith, and friends.  Survived by the rock in his life – wife, Carol – his other greatest joys were his children and grandchildren: children – Michelle (Brett), Steve, and Chrissy (Robert); lovingly called Papa by his 6 grandchildren: Logan, Haven, Robert, Brooke, Raegan, and Lucia; sister Roselle (Greg Soriano); Uncle Gus (Dindia), and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

 

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m., Thursday, March 7, 2019, at Resurrection Catholic Parish, 21060 SW Stafford Road, Tualatin, OR 97062; a celebration of Jerry’s life will follow immediately after Mass in the reception hall.

Service Information

Service Information

Date: Thursday, March 7, 2019

Time: 11:00 am

Resurrection Catholic Parish

Address:

21060 SW Stafford Road
Tualatin, Oregon 97062
 

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m., Thursday, March 7, 2019, at Resurrection Catholic Parish, 21060 SW Stafford Road, Tualatin, OR 97062; a celebration of Jerry’s life will follow immediately after Mass in the reception hall.


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