Francis Matthewson |

Francis Matthewson

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Memorial services for Francis “Frank” Fred Matthewson of Grass Valley will be conducted at 10 a.m. Friday at Trinity Episcopal Church in Nevada City. Services will be officiated by Christopher Seal. Burial will be at the Mount Vernon Cemetery in Fair Oaks, next to his wife, Dorothy.

Mr. Matthewson died Sunday, May 23, at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital. He was 86.

He was born Sept. 13, 1917, in Johnson City, Tenn., to Francis W. Matthewson and Victoria Rose Spann. He graduated from high school in Whitnel, N.C. He married Dorothy Ball on April 17, 1947, in San Diego. He served as a commander in the U.S. Navy from 1935 to 1965. He was a pilot during World War II, and in Korea he served in the Rescue Helicopter HU1 division. He received four Air Medals and three Distinguished Flying Crosses. After his discharge he worked for Cal-Nat Airways of Grass Valley and also flew Forestry helicopters for 10 years with the City of Grass Valley. He was a 50-year member of the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, York Rite Mason, 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Mason, and Alfazar Shrine of Corpus Christi, Texas. He was an expert marksman. He enjoyed gardening, animals and the outdoors.

He is survived by his son, Steven Francis Matthewson of Grass Valley; daughter and son-in-law, Tina Matthewson Spriggs and Gary W. Spriggs of Grass Valley; granddaughters Jennifer Matthewson of Portland, Ore., Pamela Matthewson of Vancouver, Wash., and Laurie Osborne of Dallas, Texas; and sister, Ellen Shumake of Madison, N.C. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Rose Lee Meyers; brother, Glen Mathewson; and wife, Dorothy Matthewson, in 1991.

Memorial contributions may be made to the SNMH Foundation, P.O. Box 1810, Grass Valley 95945.

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Arrangements are under the direction of the Mount Vernon Funeral Home in Fair Oaks.

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