Floyd Darrel MattsonASTORIA - Floyd D. Mattson, 78, a resident of Naselle, died Dec. 26, 2003, in Astoria, Ore.
The son of Andrew and Pearl (Paju) Mattson, he was born in Astoria on May 19, 1925. He grew up in Deep River, where he attended grade school and later attended Rosburg grade school. In 1943 he graduated from Naselle High School where he was a member of the football, basketball and track teams. Following high school he worked three months for Deep River Timber until being inducted into the United States Navy.
Mr. Mattson served as a seaman first class aboard the submarine USS Sea Fox (SS 402) in the Asiatic and Pacific area until 1946. Returning to the Rosburg area he worked in the woods for several years before becoming a commercial fisherman. He fished the Columbia River, Willapa Bay and Bristol Bay fishery in Alaska until retirement. He had been a resident of Naselle for over 50 years.
He always enjoyed being outdoors, fishing and hunting, taking walks with his dog, going for drives in the woods or just enjoying the beauty of nature. He was an avid follower of Naselle Comets sports teams and faithfully attended his son's and later his grandchildren's games. Throughout his life he also enjoyed music, particularly "The Scandinavian Hour" on Sunday morning radio and big band orchestras. He was very much his own man. He was a member of the American Legion Post of Deep River and a member of the US Submarine Veterans Association, Lockwood Chapter of Washington state.
Mr. Mattson and Earlene Anderson were married Dec. 26, 1947, in Kelso. She survives at the family residence in Naselle. Also surviving are daughter Dianne Mattson of Ocean Park; son and daughter-in-law Craig and Diane Mattson of Naselle; his grandchildren: Theresa and husband Nick LeRoy, Darren Pearson, Andy Mattson and wife Kristi, Steve Mattson M.D., Carrine Holmberg and Matt Holmberg; and great-grandson Ethan LeRoy. A sister Aubrey Holm died in September of his year.
At his request, no service will be held. Private committal will be at Peaceful Hill Cemetery in Naselle. Memorials may be made in his name to the Ron Holm Memorial Fund in care of Bank of The Pacific, Naselle, WA 98638. Arrangements by Penttila's Chapel by The Sea, Long Beach.