NOEL ELLIOTT MATSON
February 21, 1939 – February 13, 2013
Noel Elliott Matson, born February 21, 1939, passed away in the arms of his family, February 13, 2013 after a short battle with cancer. Noel attended Roselawn Elementary and graduated from Turlock High School in 1956. He married his best friend and soul mate Sharon Challberg in 1961. They moved to Oakland where Noel was employed by Blue Chip and Lucky stores. In 1965 they moved back toTurlock to take a job with the TID where he worked for 34 years. He worked as a surveyor/draftsman and evolved as the liaison between the farmers and the TID. He retired in 1998.
Noel and Sharon were blessed in so many ways as they celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2011 with family and friends. Their greatest gift are daughters Erin and husband Gary Youngdale and Amy and husband Steve Alvares and grandchildren Bryce and Lauren Youngdale and Ethan and Evyn Alvares. Noel, Sharon and their children and grandchildren spent many vacations at their condos in Kauai, Costa Rica and Avila Beach. They always felt that their lives were blessed as they traveled the world on boats, trains, planes, buses, ships and their motor home.
His survivors also include his sisters Roberta Snider, Sandra Berger and Cheryl Larison as well as numerous nieces and nephews, his mother in law Ruth Dargitz and many more loving family and friends.
Noel’s affiliations include Turlock Masonic Lodge 395 where he was Past Master; Royal Order of Jesters, Class of 2000; Scottish Rite of Stockton; Aahmes Shrine and Turlock Shrine Club. Awards include the Shrine Hiram Award and the Notable Noble Award; Grand Lodge Inspector; Aahmes Alchemists Clowns; Modesto Elks Lodge; SIRS Branch 143; E Clampus Vitus, Estanislao Chapter 58; Turlock Country Club where he joined the “Hole in One Club.”
Memorial Services will be held at the Turlock Funeral Home Chapel at 11:00 am, on February 23rd. Immediately following will be a “celebration of Noel’s life” to be held at the Turlock Masonic Hall on the corner of Main Street and Thor. In lieu of flowers, a donation in Noel’s memory can be made to the Shrine Hospital, 2425 Stockton Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95817.
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