Steven C. Mattson, 77, of Tonasket, passed away the evening of March 18, 2012 at Mid Valley Hospital in Omak.
Steve is survived by his wife of 27 years, LaReah Mattson; children Marke Mattson, Twyla Steger, Jesse Vaught, Doug Johnson and Cheri Hoggard; sister Marcie Franklin; and many nieces, nephews, and grandchildren, all of whom loved him very much. A memorial will be held at the Tonasket Senior Center on April 14 at 1 p.m.
As a teen Steve began his career by delivering accounting records for his mother and her business partner to clients in the greater Seattle area. In the late 1970′s he moved to the Okanogan Valley where he quickly became the local accountant of choice for over 30 years.
Steve will be remembered for his ability to breathe life into the subject of accounting while standing in front of a classroom. He taught night school accounting classes for years at Green River Community College and at the Omak Branch of the Wenatchee Valley College, as well as privately.
In his youth, Steve was an avid badminton player, skier and backpacker. He was proud to have backpacked along the Pacific Crest Trail in the Cascade Mountain Range.
Steve was an active Mason for all of his adult life and a member of the Aurora Lodge in Oroville, Palestine Lodge in Omak, Okanogan Eastern Star, Royal Arch Chapter of Okanogan Valley, Ark Lodge in Seattle and Knights Templar in Seattle. In addition, Steve was a member of the North Country Car Club in Tonasket.
Steve will always be remembered for his prolific vocabulary, love of Mozart, a fondness for Batman, and his ability to recite The Owl and the Pussycat from memory. His memory will live long in our hearts.