DONALD MATHISON Donald Curtis Mathison joyously entered Heaven's Gates on Sunday, March 15, 2020. He was 92 years old. Born at home on October 31, 1927 in Chico, CA to Metchor and Myrna Mathison, he attended the old two-story Chico Vecino School, once located on Oleander Avenue, Citrus Elementary, and Chico High School, where he graduated in 1945. Don had two paper routes during his formative years The Record Paper in the mornings, which he said at the time, was referred to as the 'democratic' paper, and The Enterprise Record, an afternoon paper, which was referred to as the 'republican' paper. During harvest, he picked peaches and almonds for $1 a day, working a 10-hour day. The money earned helped pay for his shoes and clothes for the new school year. While in his teens, Don worked for the school district during the summer varnishing floors and cleaning desks. In High school, he worked alongside his sister Marilyn, ushering at the Senator Theatre. At a young age, Don became an avid hunter and fisherman, under the mentorship of neighbor Ernie Cook. They both loved to fish the trout streams in the meadow below Carter's Mountain, and hunted and fished Highway 32 and the Deer Creek area. Many summers were spent camping, fishing, and hiking along Deer Creek. Ernie and Don enjoyed a lifelong friendship, with Ernie becoming like a second father to Don. After graduating from High School, Don received his draft notice and joined the Army/Air Corp. He was stationed in Wichita Falls, TX for basic training and then Chanute Field, IL where he learned to become a Weather Equipment Technician. After certification, he went to Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ, sending up weather balloons, and compiling the data. Don then transferred the Long Beach Municipal Airport to supervise specialized weather equipment before being honorably discharged in 1948. Don was very proud to have served his country. After his discharge, Don returned to Chico and worked for the Diamond Match Company. While working, he took courses and became certified in television and radio repair. He worked for Precision TV, and then Payless TV and Repair, where he met and fell in love with his future wife, Nancy Jo Linville. Don and Nancy Jo were married June 15, 1957. They were married for almost 62 years, before Nancy Jo's death on June 4, 2019. In 1962, Don began working at California State University Chico, as an Electrical Technician in the School of Natural Sciences, and retired in 1990, as the shop supervisor after 28 years. After retirement, Don took up playing the guitar under the tutelage of local guitarist Charlie Robinson. He developed into a fine woodworker and woodcarver, and became a regular Mall walker at Chico Mall for many years, until declining health side lined him at home. Don was a HAM radio operator and long-time member of the Golden Empire Amateur Radio Society (GEARS), a lifetime member of the Sons of Norway, the Chico Rod and Gun Club, the American Legion, and Good Sam's Hooker Oak RV'ing Group. Don said his biggest accomplishment in life was being a Father, helping raise his and Nancy Jo's three children. He was very active in Y- Indian Guides, Boy Scouts, Little League, and Camp Fire Girls. Don was a supportive father to all of the children's extra-curricular activities. He passed on his love of camping and fishing to his children, was proud that each of them grew up to have strong moral compasses, and were accomplished in their chosen professions. Don lived in Chico his entire life. He loved his family and his grandchildren, and will be greatly missed. He is survived by his three children and spouses; Sue Carlile (Steve), of Preston, Lancashire, England, Beckee Mathison (Pat Street), of Chico, CA; Tim Mathison (Cheryl) of Redding, CA; six adored grandchildren Kaitlin Carlile (Jake), Tanner, Matthew, and Faith Carlile, Jared and Eric Mathison; Sister -in-law Joan Mathison of CA, Brother-in-law James Linville of MT; Nieces and Nephews David Abbot and Debbie Wong, and Jim and Laura Mathison. Don was predeceased by his wife Nancy Jo, his parents, sister Marilyn Carlton, and brother Robert Mathison. The family would especially like to thank Dad's loving and devoted care providers Jacqueline Underwood and Mark Hanson, as well as Jannelle Mello-French, and Shay Morgan. We were blessed to be able to keep Dad safely home until the end, which was his wish. Graveside memorial services will be held at 10:30AM, Monday, April 19, 2021 at Glen Oaks Cemetery, 1115 Midway, Chico, CA. Memorial donations may be made for the new play structure, Camp Norge, Sons of Norway Rec Center, c/o Susan Winje play structure, PO Box 622, Alta, CA 95501. Dad God finally remembered you. We Love & miss you dearly!
Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on Apr. 3, 2021.