Nov. 19, 1926 — March 9, 2013
The funeral service was held Friday, March 15, for George Mattos, who was born and raised in Patterson. He attended schools in Patterson and went to junior college. He grew up working on the family dairy. As a young man, he farmed row crops, alfalfa, and eventually invested all of his energy in to cherry, apricot, walnut, and almond trees. He built up a commercial spraying and harvesting business that he ran for 34 years while also working his own orchards. His business slogan was, "If you want your nuts harvested fast and clean, call George with his shaking machine." He worked hard so that he could play hard during ski season. He was a member of the National Ski Patrol, worked on avalanche control, and was one of the founders of the Modesto Ski Club.
Mr. Mattos was an Army veteran, serving in the Korean War, a past member of the 20-30 Club and E Clampus Vitus, and a current member of the Modesto Model A Club, the Classic Thunderbird Club, the American Legion, and the Old Fisherman's Club.
He is preceded in death by his parents John and Izabel Mattos, sisters, Mary Azevedo and Adelaide Scannell, brother, Joseph, twin brother, John, granddaughter, Jennifer Chadwick, and grandson, Zachary Bogdanovich. He is survived by his loving wife Shirley, stepchildren Mark Chadwick and wife, Jennie, Lynn Bogdanovich, and Gayle Higgins and husband, William, brother Manuel Mattos, nieces Linda Shinnefield and Charlene Scannell, nephew, Jeff Martin, grandchildren, Phillip Bogdanovich, Will Higgins, Andrew Higgins, and Tiffany Rodriguez, and many cousins.
Visitation was from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 14, at McHenry Chapel.
The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 10 a.m. on Friday, March 15 at St. Stanislaus Church on J Street in Modesto. A private burial was at Patterson District Cemetery.
Instead of flowers, memorial contributions in Mr. Mattos’ name may be sent to Modesto Area A's scholarship fund for Model A dependents and grandchildren at: P.O. Box 576073, Modesto, CA 95359 or a charity of the donor's choice.
Franklin & Downs Memorial Chapels handled the arrangements.