DEMATTOS, SR. , Joseph On August 1, Joseph |
DeMattos, Sr. , 87, of Honolulu Hawai'i died at the Hale Ho Aloha Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, where he was receiving hospice care. Beloved father, grandfather and great-grandfather he is survived by his son and daughter-in-law Joseph and Rebecca DeMattos and their sons Brandon and Hayden of Baltimore, Maryland. Joseph DeMattos, Sr., served as an emergency medical technician in the US Navy Reserves in Honolulu the early days of World War II. Later he served in World War II as a US Army medic in New Caledonia, for which he earned the World War II Victory Medal and the Asiatic Pacific Service Medal. In 1999 DeMattos retired after an accomplished career serving 54 years as a Department of Defense journalist. DeMattos is also survived by his son and daughter-in-law Albert and June Rocha and their son Michael; his daughter and son-in-law Deborah and Mark Vierra; his daughter Toni Lynn Amaranto; and his son and daughter-in-law Michael and Francesca DeMattos and their daughter Chrislyn.
Contributions in his honor can be made to: Kokua Mau, the Hawai'i Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (online) or at PO Box 62155, Honolulu, HI 96839; or to The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) (online).
Published in Baltimore Sun on Aug. 7, 2012