View Full Version : Leonard Peter Mattson b. Ironwood, Michigan

10-06-08, 20:30
Sept. 28, 1913 ~ June 7, 2008- A native of Hockinson, WA, Mr. Leonard Peter Mattson passed away on June 7, 2008. Mr. Mattson was born in Ironwood, MI on Sept. 28, 1913 to Peter and Maria Mattson, Finnish immigrants. The family moved to Leadville, CO where Mr. Mattson's father died in a mining accident when he was two years old. His mother remarried and the family moved to Hockinson. Mr. Mattson attended local schools. As a young man he went to Alaska, where he worked four seasons in the fishing industry. During the depression he always managed to find work. He moved to California where he became an apprentice electrician, eventually becoming an electrical supervisor. He married Pauline Pillow in 1940 and they had three children. The lived in Southern California, Brush Prairie, WA and Nevada before returning to Brush Prairie at retirement. In southern California he helped build the Navy Hospital in Norco. He became interested in boating, and in time joined the Arrowhead Unit of the U.S. Power Squadron. He studied boating, navigation and engine maintenance and taught safe boating courses for many years. He served as Commander of the Arrowhead Unit for two years. The family spent much time on the water, skiing and fishing. His last job, with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, was at the atomic test site in Nevada. His wife died in 1997 and he later married a fellow Finn, Alli Salonen Graham, of Ridgefield, WA. He was active in the Finnish Lodge, where he served two terms as President. Mr. Mattson was an avid fisherman and also enjoyed gardening, camping and travel. He and his second wife traveled extensively, visiting Finland, Alaska, Australia and Panama. Mr. Mattson is survived by his wife, Alli, in Ridgefield; his three children, Diane Sohn of Federal Way, WA, Mike Mattson of Bothell, WA and Jim Mattson of Ft. Bragg, CA; and his sister, Elsie Maki of Hockinson, WA. He is also survived by step-children, Ellen Kimmitt of Battle Ground and Lauren Twinam of Falls Church, VA. Surviving also are seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren; six nieces and one nephew. Mr. Mattson was also a member of the Sons of Norway Lodge of Vancouver, WA and attended Salmon Creek Methodist Church. There will be a memorial service at Salmon Creek United Methodist Church at 11:00 a.m. on Wed., June 11, 2008. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Scholarship Fund of the UFKBS Lodge #24 of Hockinson. Contact Phyllis Maki at 360-892-6197 for scholarship information.
Published in the Columbian on 06/10/2008