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Michael Mattis Obituary
Michael Benjamin Mattis

Michael Benjamin Mattis, 49, died in his sleep Saturday, March 1, 2014. Mattis, a graduate of San Francisco State University in journalism, had been a resident of San Francisco since 1986. He was employed in the computer marketing field with a number of firms, including Upside Magazine, Business 2.0, Nokia (Helsinki), Yahoo, Disney, and Pandora. He created blogs on wine and travel, the latter being an ongoing effort. He has written on a diverse range of subjects including San Francisco and English history, and Dandyism.

Mattis was active in the US Coast Guard Auxiliary, E Clampus Vitus, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, and many other social and historic associations. His activities over the years included, but certainly were not limited to, sky diving, hiking, traveling, surfing, paddle-boarding and sailing. A recent two-week sail aboard the Lady Washington out of San Francisco was a high point in his sailing career.

He often attended the annual early morning party at Lotta's Fountain in honor of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake survivors. He enjoyed hosting croquet parties in Golden Gate Park at which he would occasionally open a bottle of champagne with a saber, and he was a founding member of the effort to name the Bay Bridge after Emperor Norton.

He is survived by his father Michael G. Mattis, sisters Kristina and Karen, niece April Guerrero, and great-nephew Nathaniel Fechner, all of Davis, and also by numerous cousins, aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.  He will be profoundly missed by his family and countless friends. 

A celebration of his life will held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, March 16, at the San Francisco Elk's Lodge.  In lieu of flowers, donations in his name may be made to the Elks National Foundation.

Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Mar. 14, 2014
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