Dwayne E. Mattson of Mora died on Tuesday, April 28, 2009 at his home. He was 73 years old.
A MEMORIAL SERVICE will be held on Friday, May 1, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. at the Rock Ingebrand Funeral Home in Braham. VISITATION will be on Thursday, April 30 from 5 to 7 p.m. and also one hour prior to the service on Friday. INTERMENT will be at Cambridge Lutheran Cemetery.
Dwayne Mattson passed away on Tuesday April 28, 2009 at his home in Mora, Minnesota. He was 73 years old.
Dwayne was born on January 23, 1936 in Grass Lake Township, Kanabec County, Minnesota to parents Elmer Peter and Myrtle (Oquist) Mattson. He grew up on the family farm and went to country school – where he walked up hill, three miles, in the snow (both ways) – and then went on to the Braham High School. After high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served his country as one of the first gyro units to go to Germany as peace keepers. During his service in Germany, he helped with a rededication ceremony for his cousin Roy Mattson who is buried in Germany.
Upon returning home he met Karen Larson and they were united in marriage on September 2, 1960 at the Cambridge Lutheran Church. All three of Dwayne and Karen’s sons were baptized in the Cambridge Lutheran Church and this is where Dwayne will be laid to rest. Dwayne and Karen lived in Minnesota for the first ten years of their marriage and then moved to the west coast where they have spent the last 35 years together.
Dwayne was an active member of the New Hope Church in Portland, Oregon. He had a beautiful singing voice and was a member of the choir and participated in all the Christmas and Easter plays. When they moved to the Oregon coast, Dwayne was a city councilman and served on the planning board. He was also an active member of the local church.
Dwayne’s hobbies included fishing and entering (and winning) many contests. He also helped the local Fish and Wildlife Department keep an eye on the streams for illegal poachers. He was fondly called “Eagle Man”. His other hobbies were hunting and gold mining. His family still has hard rock and claims in southern Oregon. Dwayne also loved flowers and his dogs were paramount in his life and they will dearly miss him.
Dwayne is preceded in death by his parents Elmer and Myrtle Mattson.
He is survived by his wife Karen and his three sons Jay, Jack, Jon, and their families; six siblings Violet Heald, Shirley Brandt, Darrold Mattson, Loren Mattson, Lorna (Gary) Salmonson, and Janice Arnold; many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.
A Memorial Service was held on Friday, May 1, 2009 at the Rock Ingebrand Funeral Home with Rev. Brenda Wicklund presiding. Music was provided by Marie Grundberg. Honorary Urn Bearers were Craig Olson, Shawn Olson, Dale O’Brien, Bruce Brandt, Jerry Brandt, Tim Heald, Mike Arnold, Dave Rogers and Jeremy Nelson. Interment will be at the Cambridge Lutheran Cemetery at a later date.