Mr. Mattson was a member of Southern Oaks Baptist Church. Church was a very important part of his life, from attending services, to teaching Sunday school, and working with young children. John had a talent for singing and playing instruments and used his gifts to serve the LORD. John enjoyed spending his days working with people in need of food at PATH, building homes for Habitat for Humanity and delivering hot meals to shut-ins with Meals On Wheels.
Mr. Mattson was preceded in death by his parents and his first wife, Sally Mattson.
He is survived by his loving wife, Wilma Rust Mattson; and his loving family including his sister, Hazel Schwartz; brothers, Lloyd Mattson and Arthur Mattson; all of Minnesota; his children, Gayle Mattson of California; Gary Mattson of Oregon and Greg Mattson of Oregon; stepchildren, Pam Day of Tyler and Roger Slone of Dallas; and by 13 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends.
There will be no graveside service due to his generosity by donating his body to medical science.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to PATH, 402 W. Front St., Tyler, 75702.