Martin (Matt) Matyas died at home, August 28, 2013. He was 84. Born in Warren, Ohio, he was one of eleven children born to Mike and Maria Hrinko Matyas. At 17, he enlisted in the Air Force and following basic training, was sent to the Pentagon, where he met his future wife, Aubrey Jean Savage. They married February 9th, 1952 and lived in England, Texas, Alaska, Virginia and back to Alaska, where he retired in 1975. Along the way, they had five children, who kept them busy and involved in their activities.
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After retirement in 1975, Matt became a skilled picture framer, noted for his meticulous attention to detail. His passion was Polka music and dancing. He and Jean traveled to Polka festivals out of state and even went on a Polka cruise. Summers here were spent camping, fishing and entertaining guests.
As his health began to fail, he was forced to give up the things he loved.
He is survived by his wife, Jean; his sons, Dave (Sue), Mike (Tricia), Greg (Cheryl); daughter, Lisa and ten grandchildren, Jeff, Daniel, Jessica, Steven, Ari, Brandan, Chris, Mark, Paul and Meghan. He was preceded in death by his oldest son, Douglas.
He is also survived by two sisters, Dorothy Rubertoof Warren, Ohio and Mary Rufo of St. Petersberg, FL and two brothers, John Matyas of Warren, Ohio and George Matyas of Banning, CA.
Inurnment will take place at Ft. Richardson National Cemetery, Friday, Sept. 6th at 3 P.M. Following will be a Celebration of Life at Viking Hall from 5-8 P.M. Donations may be sent to Salvation Army or
. Arrangements were entrusted to the care of Legacy Funeral and Cremation Services.
Published in Alaska Dispatch News from Sept. 1 to Sept. 2, 2013