October 20, 1925 - September 12, 2013 Stan Mattox, 87, of Rancho Mirage, California passed away on Sept. 12 from complications of thyroid cancer. He was born to Sam and Sarah Mattox of East Los Angeles, attended Roosevelt High, entered the Air Force, and then matriculated to USC on the GI Bill. Upon graduation, Stan started a sporting goods business, GSC, and he would spend the next 60 years dabbling in a variety of entrepreneurial ventures. Shortly after starting GSC, Stan met the love of his life, Mary Lou Jackson; they married in 1954 and celebrated their 58th anniversary in September of 2012. Mary Lou suffered from multiple sclerosis, and throughout her long illness and subsequent death last November, Stan lovingly cared for her. Shortly after marrying, Stan and Mary Lou settled in San Pedro, and they raised three fortunate children, Scot, Tod, and Jill. Stan was both a loving father and doting "Papa" to grandchildren Ashleigh, Rozlyn, Taylor, Alex, and Nick. In addition to his family, Stan's passions were his numerous friendships, industrial real estate, tennis, and USC football. Wherever he went, Stan invariably met friends; they were captivated by the twinkle in his eye, his warm smile, and his willingness to see only the best in all those he met. Preceded in death by his son Scot in 2004, Stan is survived by his children, Tod and Jill, and his sister, Joan Ballard, of Carlsbad. The family respectfully requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Stan's name to PanCAN, 1500 Rosecrans Ave., Suite 200, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266.
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Published in the Los Angeles Times from Sept. 16 to Sept. 18, 2013