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Marcellino Matamoros

Marcellino "Chino" Matamoros Former Pittsburg Resident Chino, 89 passed away July 3rd, 2013 in San Antonio, Texas. Born in Visalia, Ca. on June 2, 1924, Chino proudly served his country for 31 years and in 3 wars; WWII, Korea and Vietnam. He earned 4 bronze stars and saw combat with the 3rd Army, the 187th Airborne Regiment and the 5th Special Forces Group. He is preceded in death by his parents, Baldomero and Vicenta Matamoros, his wife of 53 years, Gloria Huerta Matamoros, siblings Mary, Baldomero Jr., Robert & Irene. Survived by his son Marcelo, granddaughter Alexandra, daughters-in law, Barbara and Sue, his wife Mary Matamoros, brothers Alfonso & Frank Matamoros and sisters Virginia Heredia, Soccorro Matamoros, Catherine Borjon, Rachel Gutierrez (Al), Yolanda Pearson (Tom) and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Chino earned an associate of applied science degree from Philips College and was proud of his career as a bus driver for disabled children. He excelled in athletics, playing fast pitch softball (short stop), competed in the Senior Olympics where he earned 2 gold medals, 2 silvers and 1 bronze. An avid golfer, at the age of 84, he had 3 holes in one on 3 different courses. In his spare time, he was a founder of the Alamo Silver Wings and a volunteer at Meals on Wheels and restored vintage cars. He was a devout catholic and embraced life. Friends and family are invited to attend memorial on Saturday July 27th, starting at 1pm at the Pittsburg Elks Lodge (200 Marina Blvd). In lieu of flowers, consider donations to the University of Louisville, Kent School- Matamoros Gerontology Fund, 2323 S. Brook Street, Louisville, KY 40292. Condolences may be offered at www.sunsetfuneralhomesa.com

Published in Contra Costa Times on July 21, 2013
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