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Jimmy Matus Obituary

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Jimmy Matus, 52, died in the explosion at West Fertilizer Co. in West, Texas.

JIMMY MATUS: Fire truck-builder and operator

Matus, 52, was killed while responding to the fire that caused the explosion. He was the sales manager at Westex Welding & Fir e Apparatus, a company that builds fire trucks. For the past 40 years, he worked at the company and for the last half of that time he managed all aspects of the business, a funeral home obituary said.

"Jimmy was an outstanding man, someone who would go out of his way to help you. That's the way we are taught," said Garratt Matus of his father's cousin, Jimmy Matus.

Matus graduated from West High School in 1979.

He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church of the Assumption, SPJST Lodge 54, Sokol West and the State Fireman's Association, and an honorary member of the Masonic Lodge in West. He also served on the West ISD school board and played Santa Claus for local organizations, the obituary said.

He is survived by his parents, his son and daughter, two stepdaughters, two sisters, grandchildren, nieces and other relatives.

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