Jerry Westman Matteson, 78, went home to the Lord March 29, 2014. He was born June 28, 1935 in Walhalla, North Dakota to Ivan G. and Alice Matteson.
Jerry was an avid historian. He loved living life and could be found leading the pack on the trails surrounding Northport on his ATV or tending to the “Property” on Grouse Mountain. A graduate of Northport High School, Jerry attended Whitman University in Walla Walla. He served eight years in the United States Army, achieving the rank of Specialist. After returning from his tour of duty in Korea as a landing craft operator, he relocated to Stevens County where he remained a lifelong resident.
Jerry managed a Sears store, was a financial planner for Washington Mutual and ultimately the mayor of Northport. In 1984, Jerry married the love of his life, Bertha Matteson. Together they owned and operated “the Matteson House” Bed and Breakfast. Jerry, who was a kind gentleman, was revered not only by his family, friends and neighbors, but by everyone who knew him. Jerry was everyone’s friend. He will be missed for his intelligence, wit and loving heart, forever.
Jerry had been a member of American Legion Post no. 158, the Northport Lions Club and the Northport Chamber of Commerce.
Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Richard Matteson; his loving daughter, Tammy Carr, and granddaughter, Hannah Musel,
He is survived by his wife Bertha Matteson of Northport; sister Pat Sitton of Spokane; seven daughters, Mrs. Don (Shelley) Sieverkropp of Wilbur; Mrs. Doug (Janet) Malcolm of Spokane; Mrs. Roeman (Nancy) Ridenour of St. Maries ID; Mrs. Steve (Diana) Peacock of Omak; Mrs. Marc (Wendy) Schneider of Brownsburg, IN; Mrs. Eric (Jennifer) Chamberlain of Spokane; Mrs. Marty (Felina) Hastings of Colville, and Mrs. Rob (Lisa) Reid of Kettle Falls; sons, Mr. David (Theresa) Carr and Mr. Clayton Farnsworth of Valley; 35 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren, plus several nieces, nephews and his beloved four-legged companion Jack.
Jerry hosted 12 foreign exchange students from all corners of the world.
A memorial service for Jerry was held on April 4 at the Northport Grange Hall, followed by graveside service with military honors at the Forest Home cemetery.
If one so wishes, memorial contributions may be made in Jerry’s name to the Northport Washington A.S.B Baseball team at any Key Bank location.
Please visit the online memorial and sign the guestbook at www.danekasfuneralchapel.com .
Danekas Funeral Chapel & Crematory was entrusted with the arrangements.
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