Jerry Allen Mattox

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URBANA - Jerry Allen Mattox, age 58, passed away in Ridgecrest, CA on December 27, 2017. He was born on Sept. 1, 1959 to Howard and Vesta Mattox in Urbana, OH. Jerry graduated from West Liberty-Salem High School and Ohio Hi-Point in Bellefontaine in 1978 and moved to China Lake where his brother was stationed in the Navy. Jerry married his wife Catherine (De Rosa) Mattox on June 9, 1984.

Jerry held several jobs throughout his career but always pursued his love for art. His interest in art began when he was a child and began sketching, drawing, painting and exploring the different mediums such as oil, water color, acrylic, pastels, charcoal, and pen and ink. His passion in life was art and he loved to share it with others. He owned and operated Mattox's Designs Custom Screen Printing business where he printed T-shirts and hats for local businesses, bowling teams, family reunions, ball teams, schools, D.A.R.E. program, Relay for Life and several logos for the Naval Air Warfare Center, China Lake including the U.S. Navy Aircraft Damage Investigator/Technician logo.

Jerry received his Associates of Art Degree from Cerro Coso Community College and continued to pursue another art degree through Cal State University Long Beach. He displayed and sold his artwork at Treasures to Cherish, the Kerr McGee Center and the Ridgecrest Regional Hospital. Over the years Jerry received numerous 1st and 2nd place awards for his paintings. He was a member of the Desert Artists' League. He also painted Petroglyph rocks for the Maturango Museum and also the Indian Wells Gem & Mineral Society. Every Christmas Jerry designed a calendar for his family and friends that consisted of his latest artwork.

Jerry's hobbies were fishing, bowling, listening to all types of music, spending time with his wife and dog and skyping with family. His true passion in life was art and Jerry painted up until the day he passed away. Jerry also participated in the Relay for Life every year and was a member of the Escargots Team.

Jerry was preceded in death by his grandparents, parents Howard and Vesta, his brothers David Earl and Paul James, and sister Linda Mae (Mattox) Funk.

Jerry is survived by his wife of 33 years, Catherine (De Rosa) Mattox of Ridgecrest, CA, sister Eileen Christine (Mattox) and husband Ronald Bidwell, brother Daniel Mattox and partner Rick Hoy of Urbana OH, brother Ralph and wife Chisato and family of Yokohama Japan, sister Peggy Ann (Mattox) and husband Edward Watkins of Ridgecrest, CA, sister Marsha Kay (Mattox/Crane) and husband Richard Sandrowicz of Jacksonville FL, parents-in-law John Jr. and Frances De Rosa, brother-in-law John De Rosa III of Ridgecrest, CA, brother-in-law Joseph De Rosa and spouse Bonnie of Bakersfield, CA, sister-in-law Frances (De Rosa) and spouse Bob Pegler of Village of Lakewood, IL. He is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, cousins, and his dog "Lucky." Jerry was a gentle, kind, and loving man. He will be sadly missed but always in our hearts.

The viewing will be held on Friday, January 19, 2018 at Holland & Lyons Mortuary from 5 to 8 p.m. in Ridgecrest, CA. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 20,, 2018 at St. Ann Catholic Church at 1 p.m. and burial services will follow at the Desert Memorial Park, Ridgecrest, CA with a reception following.

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Holland & Lyons Mortuary FD 1184 - Ridgecrest
216 S. Norma St.
Ridgecrest, CA 93555
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Published in Weekly Currents from Jan. 13 to Jan. 16, 2018