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1923 - 2012 Obituary Condolences
CHARLES DONALD (C.D.) "HOGAN" MATTHEWS, JR. 1923 - 2012 Farmer, WWII & Korea Marine Gunnery Sergeant, Attorney, Father, Husband, Citizen, Matthews died November 14, 2012 with his beloved wife, "Rosie" and his cocker spaniels with him. Matthews was born in Denver, CO to Don and Frances Matthews. He is survived by his brother, George; and sister, Patricia Spear of Chico. The family moved to Salt Lake City, Los Angeles and Oakland. Upon Don Sr. taking a job with the Texas Oil Company, with a territory from Sacramento to Oregon, the family settled in Chico. Young "Donny" worked on the back of a milk truck and raised cows, sheep and hogs. He was in the first class of the Chico Future Farmers of America at Chico High. He brought his hogs to the 1939 World's Fair on Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay, where he shook the Governor's hand. Don entered US Marine Corps Boot Camp on the last day of 1941. He fought in the Pacific Theatre in the 3rd Marine Division. He participated in actions on Guam, Iwo Jima, Guadalcanal and enjoyed liberty on New Zealand. His Division was headed for an invasion on mainland Japan before the US dropped atomic bombs on Nagasaki and Hiroshima. After WWII, now "Hogan", he attended Chico State College and left before graduating to attend Hastings Law School in San Francisco. After law school he worked as an insurance claims adjuster for State Farm. He married Frances Farley of Chico who went on to teach High School Home Economics in San Francisco. Matthews again served his country by fighting with the Marines in Korea. Hogan returned to Chico in 1955 to pursue a law career and raise a family with his beautiful wife, Frances who gave him two children, Trudy and George. In the late 60's, Matthews partnered with attorneys, Harry Galloway and Paul Byrnes. In 1973, he partnered with Morey Fuqua, who recently passed away. In '78, they added Lawrence Puritz and became Matthews, Fuqua and Puritz, where he practiced law until retirement in 1999. ??? It is said Hogan kept half of his Delta Psi Delta fraternity brothers out of jail over the years. He employed athletes from the Chico State basketball team as Process Servers. He ran for the Butte County District Attorney and lost. He was President of the Chico Democratic Club. Over his career, he bailed many people out of jail, helped people adopt babies and get divorced. He was once ordered by a local judge to defend a father who beat his young boy to death for wetting his pants, (no attorney wanted the job). With other local attorneys, he helped finance peoples' education at Chico State and told no one about it. Matthews is survived by his two children, George and Trudy (Wleklinski), both of Walnut Creek; as well as his beloved wife of 30 years, Barbara "Rosie" Matthews. Barbara's daughters, Janet Acain and Darcy White have lovingly cared for the two who have suffered ill health for several years. Hogan's Family invites you attend a celebration of Hogan's life at the Chico Elks Lodge on Manzanita Ave. on Monday, Nov. 19, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. Condolences may be sent the family online at www.brusiefh.com.
Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on Nov. 17, 2012
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