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John Michael Matulich


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John Michael Matulich Obituary
JOHN MICHAEL MATULICH 1930 2015 John Matulich passed away peacefully in his home on June 17, 2015. Born in Watsonville, CA on June 20, 1930 to Mark and Margaret Matulich, John spent his early years in Sacramento, attended McClatchy High School and later attended the University of California at Los Angeles. He was an outstanding athlete and played both basketball and baseball at UCLA where he met his wife, Carol. Following their graduation from UCLA, John and Carol moved to San Antonio, TX where John served in the Air Force. John returned to UCLA where he worked as the Assistant Freshman Basketball Coach for John Wooden. As many know, John established a unique relationship with Coach Wooden that came to shape his outlook and character over the course of his life. He then went on to Riverside Community College where he was a Basketball Coach, Teacher, Counselor and Dean of Admissions. John retired as Deputy Superintendent after 37 years at RCC. He was an active person in the community. John most enjoyed spending time with his family and friends backpacking, camping and cross-country skiing. He was an avid golfer and spent many enjoyable hours on the course with his friends. A man of great character, John was a loving family man and loyal friend to many. He was very proud of his children and grandchildren and will be dearly missed. John is survived by his wife, of 63 years, Carol; his son John (Barbara) Allison Matulich and Kristin (Greg) Dolan; daughter Jenny (Tim) Danielle and Dominique Pietro and son Gregory (Maureen) Lauren and Nicolas Matulich. He is also survived by three sisters Kathy Souza, Margie (Dick) Wagner, Franie (Ken) Nardinelli, brother-in-law Chris (Vivienne) Petersen and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brothers Mark and Anthony Matulich. A private family service will be held at the Riverside National Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Salvation Army, 3695 First Street, Riverside, Ca. 92501, or to a local charity of your choice.
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Published in Press-Enterprise on July 12, 2015
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