Edwin H. Matlock|
July 7, 1930 ~ March 30, 2014
Resident of Royal Oaks
Edwin Hugh Matlock died March 30, 2014, at Watsonville Community Hospital. He was 83 years old.
Ed was born in Mansfield, MO. At the age of 4, he and his sister Greta, age 7, and his Uncle Burnis sang with the Carter Family at their Radio Station in Springfield, MO. In the mid-1930s, due to the depression, he and his family packed up their old pickup truck, goat and all, and headed to Colorado, California, and Utah where his dad worked as a heavy equipment operator in construction. They eventually settled in Fresno, CA. During the depression years, to help support the family and put food on the table, he and his sister would play and sing in front of bars, he delivered newspapers, was a messenger, and then began his career in construction with his dad at the age of 14 as a heavy equipment operator – following in his dad's footsteps.
Ed joined the U.S. Marine Corps at the age of 17 and served at the end of World War II and also in the Korean Conflict. While serving he was a rifle-expert and awarded 5 service medals.
Following his service, he resumed his 46 year career in construction as an operating engineer of heavy equipment, working the majority of his career for Granite Construction Co.
In 1950, at the age of 20, Ed married sweetheart, Mary Belle (Hutson). In April 1951, in Fresno, CA, his son Michael Edwin was born. In 1953, he and Mary moved to Rockport, CA where he worked for the Rockport Redwood Company. Here he was paid in script which was only good at the company store and his daughter, Michelle Diane, was born in April 1954.
From Rockport, Ed and his family moved to Santa Clara, CA, where he worked at the Ford Motor Company by day and was a Taxi driver by night. He and his family then moved to the Las Lomas area in Watsonville, CA and lived in a Tri-Level Mobile Home. In 1958 they moved from Las Lomas to Hudson Landing Road where Mary continues to live to this day.
Ed enjoyed both deep-sea and fresh-water fishing. Upon returning from one of his fishing trips he brought his children an octopus that was given to his son's science teacher, Mr. Jankee, and who lived in the Matlock refrigerator during summer and holiday breaks. He could be found camping and water skiing with family and friends on any given weekend at Lake Berryessa or New Hogan Lake. He and Mary belonged to the Pinto Lake Boat Club as well as Watsonville Bowling Leagues and he was a State Champion Horseshoe Pitcher. He loved spending time with his grandkids and was seen many a day in the grandstands routing them on during their sporting events.
Being of Cherokee heritage, Ed was thrilled when during the construction of Watsonville Road, he dug up an Indian burial ground where bones, beads, pestles, mortars, arrow heads and more were found.
In 1992, Ed retired. This began a season of travel. He and Mary bought a motorhome and drove across the United States with friends. Every winter would find them in Quartzsite for the horseshoe tournaments as well as any other Thousand Trails where a horseshoe tournament was being held. One summer, they took their grandson, Clay, on a 6 week trip from California to Yellowstone and back during which they fished, stopped at every museum and rodeo along the way. When not in their motorhome, they could be found cruising or flying with friends to Alaska, Canada, Haiti, New Zealand, Australia and Japan to mention just a few. And most importantly – they would spend summers in Missouri with their family.
Ed's love of music has been handed down from his father and mother to his son and daughter and now grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was an avid fiddler, guitar, mandolin, and banjo player. He enjoy playing with the Thousand Trails groups, at family gatherings or just sitting in his music room practicing.
Edwin leaves his wife, Mary; son, Mike (Linda) Matlock of Mountain Grove, Missouri; daughter, Michelle Diane (Bill) Carter of Morgan Hill; brother, Arville Matlock of Clovis; sister, Loretta Majors of Friant; 7 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
A visitation will be held Wednesday from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Mehl's Colonial Chapel. Graveside services with military honors will be Friday, 1:00 p.m., at Valley Public Cemetery.
Published in Santa Cruz Sentinel on Apr. 3, 2014