JOHN "JACK" MATHESON Jack Matheson, 81, of Silver Lakes, CA, passed away Friday, February 15, 2013 after complications from heart failure. A loving husband, father, and friend, he could open a wonderful conversation with anyone he met and will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Born March 12, 1931, in Omaha, NE, Jack was the son of the late Florence and John Matheson and was raised by his mother Florence and stepfather Dewey Bilotti. In 1949, he graduated from East Orange High School in New Jersey and went on to study Agricultural Engineering at the University of Vermont, where he was a member of the Sigma Nu fraternity. After graduating from the University of Vermont in 1953, he worked as a farm inspector before entering the Air Force in 1955. He served in the military for two years, and particularly enjoyed the time spent at March Air Force Base in Riverside, CA, where he played semi-pro baseball. When he left the Air Force, he lived a short time in Albany, NY, before coming back to Riverside in 1960. Jack founded and owned Riverside Auto Center Insurance which he ran until his retirement in 1990. He was an avid golfer and an active volunteer with the Southern California Golf Association, as well as a past member of the Victoria Club in Riverside. Jack and his wife, Beverley, were married October 16, 1982, in Riverside, and recently celebrated 30 years of marriage. His family was his greatest passion, and he also loved his many friends and members of his extended family throughout the country. Friendly and outgoing, he enjoyed meeting new people and traveling to new places. In 2000, he and Beverley moved to the high desert community of Silver Lakes to live on the golf course and play unlimited golf. Jack is survived by his wife Beverley; seven children; twenty-one grandchildren, and ten great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held Friday, February 22nd at 11 a.m. at St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, 15757 St. Timothy Road, Apple Valley, CA 92307. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to St. Timothy's Episcopal Church where a memorial site will be created in his name.
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Published in the Daily Press on Feb. 19, 2013