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Gerald "Butch" Mattson

1950 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
Gerald "Butch" Mattson Obituary
GERALD "BUTCH" MATTSON Gerald "Butch" Mattson was born February 12, 1950 to Ernest and Mildred Mattson in Chico, CA. He graduated from Biggs High School in 1968. Butch died suddenly on August 22, 2014 in Richvale, CA. He is survived by his wife Debbi (Gates) who he married in 1972, sons Brad (Jill) Mattson, and Mark (Heather) Mattson; 6 grandchildren Bryce, Brynna, Luke, Brylee, Lainey, and Brynlee; Sisters Janelle (Bill) Callaway, Bonnie (Bob) Bultema and 3 generations of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Ernie and Millie Mattson. He was a lifelong rice farmer. He loved flying, becoming a private pilot at age 16 and later flying helicopters for Avag, Inc. for the past 28 years, logging over 12,000 hours in the air. He was a very talented farmer, pilot, mechanic, welder, and jack of all trades. He had a love of learning new things throughout his life. His hobbies included Building/Designing, Flying, Hunting, Waterskiing, and spending time with his family. He coached his son's baseball teams and loved to watch sporting events when any family and friends were involved. Butch served on the Boards of Richvale Irrigation District, Richvale Hunting area, Drainage District 200, Community Foundation of Richvale, and others. He was a volunteer in the Richvale volunteer Fire Department for over 35 years. He served in the Army National Guard for 6 years. He attended Richvale Evangelical Free Church throughout his life. He was a loving husband; father, brother, uncle, coach, friend, and "surrogate dad", and an inspiration to those around him. Butch became a grandpa in 2006 and his 6 grandkids became the pure joy of his life. His lifetime love of the Lord has provided the inspiration to give completely of himself to everything he had to what he did. This includes values of generosity, work ethic, and integrity. He loved God, family, wife, sons, farm, and his chosen careers wholeheartedly, with passion and faith. His memorial service will be on held on Friday, August 29, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. in the Richvale Evangelical Free Church in Richvale, CA. In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to the Community Foundation of Richvale. To view obituary and send condolences online go to NewtonBracewell.com.
Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on Aug. 27, 2014
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