March 23, 1944 – July 30, 2021
Frank was born in Gustine, CA to Frank Sr. and Rita Mattis. He passed away Friday, July 30, 2021 with family by his side.
He attended Washington School in Turlock and was in the first graduating class from the 8th grade at the Chatom School District. He went on to graduate from Turlock High School and attended Modesto Jr. College.
He met his wife, Judith Ann (Judy) Mattis, in High School becoming High School sweethearts. They were married in October of 1966.
He was an auto technician working at Rule Dale Auto Plaza, Showcase Auto Plaza, then working until retirement at Roberts Auto.
He loved hunting and especially looked forward to his Colorado deer hunting trips with his friends. He also enjoyed his motorcycle rides especially going to Street Vibrations in Reno 17 years straight.
Frank is preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Katherine Mattis. He is survived by his wife Judy, his son Donald of Turlock and his brother Paul Mattis of Turlock. His brother in laws and sister in laws who were more like brothers and sisters, Richard J. and Carol Morris of Turlock, Gene and JoDean Hart of Turlock and Terry and Sandy Woodward from Oregon.
He was honored to be Godfather to Michael Miranda of Turlock, Karen Woodward Firestine from Atwater, Gene Hart of Turlock, and Eric Hart of Turlock. He also enjoyed his nephews and nieces, Nikole Tovar (Jamie), Karen Woodward Firestine (Joseph), Stephanie Morris, Robert Woodward (Angela), Danielle Morris Avila (Geno), Eric Hart (Kristina), and Brian Hart (Emily).
Having no grandchildren, he especially enjoyed his families’ children and grandchildren participating in and being involved with many of their activities. He also leaves many beloved cousins and friends.
The family would like to extend their gratitude to Dr. Jim Reape, Memorial Hospital ICU floor 3 and 4 for the nurses and doctors who were there for him. And to Turlock Rehabilitation for their care, especially niece Stephanie who was able to check him daily as she worked.
A memorial service will be held 9am on Saturday, August 7, 2021 at Allen Mortuary.
Please share your memories at www.AllenMortuary.com
In lieu of flowers, please donate to cure kidney cancer society or your favorite charity.
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Martha Lunt saysAugust 7, 2021 at 10:10 pm
I am so very sorry for your loss, may you find peace and comfort in knowing Frank is in a better place and no longer suffering or in pain. My husband, Terry Lunt, always spoke very highly of Frank, and I know he would be very sad with his passing. Hopefully they are now sharing many stories about the good times at Rule Dale. My deepest Sympathy to you and your family.
Ken Willmarth, 4-H Advisor emeritus saysAugust 7, 2021 at 4:39 am
Frank was exceptionally successful with our county 4-H model rocketry program, even winning contests at state fair. He also helped guide the 4H shooting sports program.He taught safety and discipline first and foremost, and his projects were popular with members. I knew him to be honest, fair, and deeply caring. Together, he and Judy made a great team.
Judy and Don, we all cherished this good man, and you have our deepest sympathies.
Jo Dean Hart saysAugust 7, 2021 at 2:36 am
Gene and I are so sad to have loss Frank who has always been there for our sons and their families. We will miss his laugh and his favorite saying “Your Sister”.
May the Angels wrap their wings around him and take him Home.
Prayers and Love to his family. He will be missed.
Rose Wyeth saysAugust 3, 2021 at 11:18 pm
So sorry Judy that you have lost your beloved husband, Frank. Our sympathies to you, Donald, and all the family. Love and prayers to help you through this time of grief.
Jim & Rosie