October 17, 2012
David Edwin Matteson died unexpectedly of a stroke Sept. 19, 2012, in Greenbrae, Calif., at the age of 91.
He was born at home in Grass Valley, Calif., Nov. 15, 1920, to Edwin S. Matteson and Elizabeth Angove Matteson and was among the fourth generation of his family to reside there. Mr. Matteson graduated from Nevada Union High School in 1938 and received a B.A. in economics from the University of California, Berkeley, in May 1943. At Berkeley he enjoyed wrestling, was a four-year resident and president of Bowles Hall (at that time the only men's dormitory on campus) and became a member of Scabbard and Blade, the ROTC military honor society.
In 1942, Mr. Matteson joined Madison Lodge No. 23 of the Masonic Order in Grass Valley. He and fellow Berkeley student Elizabeth Heald fell in love dancing to the music of the big bands at Bay Area venues such as the Piedmont Hotel and the Fairmont Hotel. On Dec. 28, 1942, they eloped to Carson City, Nev., in a heavy snowstorm, returning to a family reception in Grass Valley. On Jan. 27, 1944, Mr. Matteson was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Army Antiaircraft Artillery. Shortly thereafter, he was detailed to the Corps of Engineers and served in the European theater of World War II.
After his military discharge in March 1946, the Mattesons lived in San Jose and Marin County, where Mr. Matteson started a Northern California career with the Pacific Telephone Company. In September 1950, he was recalled from the inactive reserve for service in the Korean War. At the time of his discharge in March 1952, he was a captain in the 378th Engineer Combat Battalion. After the Korean War, Mr. Matteson returned to Pacific Telephone and worked in a number of capacities in Marin County, Sacramento and San Francisco. During that period Mr. Matteson was active in Toastmasters and the Lions and Optimists clubs.
The Mattesons settled in Greenbrae in 1955, where he retired in June 1982 after 14 years as Pacific Telephone's assistant vice president for Personnel. Mr. Matteson learned masonry, brickwork and carpentry as a boy while working alongside his father and always liked working with his hands. He also enjoyed fly fishing in northwestern rivers, golf and tennis.
He was preceded in death by his mother in 1968, his father in 1973 and his sisters Marian Matteson Padgett in 1988 and Marjorie Matteson Ingram in 2007. He leaves wife Elizabeth H. Matteson of Greenbrae; daughter Patricia (Michael Zeiss) Matteson of Suisun City; daughter Christine (Edward) Page of Columbia, Ill.; grandsons Evan (Kristen) Page of St. Louis and David (Valerie) Page of Moro, Ill.; nephew John Padgett of Nevada City; niece Jenifer (Lynton Daniel) Padgett and grand-nephews Jeremiah and Matteson Daniel-Padgett of Grass Valley. A private burial service took place in Grass Valley.
A memorial service to celebrate Mr. Matteson's life will take place Wednesday, Oct. 10, from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Livermore Pavilion of the Marin Art & Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross, CA 94957.
Contributions in Mr. Matteson's memory may be sent to: Grass Valley Masonic Cemetery Memorial Trust Fund, Madison Lodge No. 23, 126 S. Auburn St., Grass Valley, CA 95945, or Mayo Clinic Department of Development, 200 First St. SW, Rochester, MN 55905.