He was born in his grandparents’ house in downtown Mariposa on July 28, 1934. George attended local schools, including Colorado School (Midpines), Mariposa Elementary, and Mariposa County High School.
George passed peacefully, surrounded by family in the John C. Fremont Hospital.
He is survived by Diane Jones Matlock, his wife of 63 years; his children, Teenie Matlock, Doug Matlock, David Matlock, Darcy Sailar and Sarah Matlock; five grandchildren; one great grandchild; and Roger Matlock, his brother.
George’s passing follows that of his parents, Gideon “Big George” Matlock (1976) and Violet Gann Matlock (1999).George always had a passion for Mariposa County and he knew the countryside well. Many of his ancestors immigrated to the area during the Gold Rush, and he had local indigenous ancestry as well.
George was a good public servant and well known for helping others. He worked for the Mariposa Public Utility District as well as California Division of Forestry. He was also a volunteer fireman, a member of the local I.O.O.F. and a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.
A veteran of the U.S. Army, George served as a military policeman in the 9th Inf. Div., “The Old Reliables,” at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal in Colorado. A wonderful family man and friend, George will be dearly missed. An avid reader, he was very knowledgeable of history, aviation and geology, and was an excellent plumber and mechanic.
George will always be remembered for his love of family and community, his kindness and generosity, and his passion for cars. He will be laid to rest near family in the St. Joseph Catholic Church cemetery. Rest in peace beloved husband, father, and friend. All are welcome to attend a celebration of life on Feb. 24, noon at the Masonic Hall in Mariposa, after a small graveside service for family and close friends at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.
In lieu of flowers, donations maybe sent to the Ewing Wing, John C. Fremont Hospital, P.O. Box 216, Mariposa, CA 95338.