ALBERT HALL MATTOX
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Albert Hall Mattox, age 85, of Fort Mohave, Ariz., passed away on Monday, August 18, 2014. He was born February 3, 1929, in a dirt-floored tent next to a cotton field on Route 1 Tuskahoma, Pushmataha County, Okla. to Pearl and Ramona (Bowles) Mattox. The doctor's fee was a sack of apples.
Albert moved to Arizona with his family in the 1930s, and his parents farmed in Eloy, Ariz. and later in Buckeye, where they bought 160 acres of prime cotton land and his father proudly paid their workers with silver dollars he carried in a cotton sack.
Albert graduated from Litchfield High School, where he played football. He enlisted in the US Marine Corps in 1945 at age 17 and served honorably for two years. Afterward, he attended Arizona State University, and later received his bachelor's degree from Fort Lewis College, Durango, Colo. He taught junior high school and coached multiple sports in rural southwestern Colorado. He was active in agriculture-related business in Mohave Valley for a number of years. Opportunity, then took him to Iraq. Living with Mary and Raymond in Baghdad, he spent his days helping the Iraqis plan and build irrigation systems for their farmland along the Tigris and Euphrates rivers. On his return Albert became a much-loved teacher and coach in the Mohave Valley Elementary School District, where Mary also taught. He was known for his innovative and effective teaching methods. During that time he was also baptized by his son Tem into the Christian faith at First Baptist Church Fort Mohave. Albert was (in)famous for many things: his love of family, golf, Bob Wills, travel, a joke well told, and one-liners: "On the other hand, she had a wart!"
He retired in 2010 at age 81, and became a fixture on local golf courses. In 2013 he received the Lifetime in Education Award, and was inducted into the Colorado River Education Hall of Fame. Albert had a formative influence on a generation of Valley youth. With a firm but gentle hand, he encouraged all of them, as he had his own sons, to do their best to achieve good things in life.
He was preceded in death by his loving parents; his brother, Don; his infant daughter, Cynthia; as well as nephews, Tom Berkshire, Jr. and Andy Perez.
~Albert is survived by his dear wife of 47 years, Mary Alice (Berkshire) Mattox; three sons, Dr. Mickey (Pamela) Mattox of Milwaukee, Wis., Pastor Tem (Karen) Mattox of Bakersfield, Calif., and Lt. Col. Raymond (Elizabeth) Mattox of Ft. Bragg, N.C.; two brothers, Leonard (Rosella) Mattox of Franklin, Texas and Paul (Carolyn) Mattox of Richmond, Va.; sister-in-law, JoAnn Mattox of Toledo, Wash.; nine grandsons, Samuel (Rebecca), Jordan (Kelsey), Kenton, Keith, Clement, Graham, Nicholas, Gabriel, and Joshua; and a great many beloved nieces and nephews.
~A visitation service will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Friday, August 22, 2014 at Desert Lawn Funeral Home, 9250 S. Ranchero Lane, Mohave Valley, AZ., 86440.
~Funeral services will be held at 12:00 noon on Saturday, August 23, 2014 at the First Baptist Church Fort Mohave, 5360 S. Calle Valle Vista, Fort Mohave, Ariz..
~The family will host a Celebration of Albert's Life in the First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall following funeral and graveside services.
Memorial donations may be directed to the football team at Mohave Valley Junior High, or the Youth Program at First Baptist Church Fort Mohave.
Desert Lawn Funeral Home
9250 S. Ranchero Lane
Mohave Valley, AZ 86440
Published in Mohave Daily News Online on Aug. 22, 2014