Charles Fredrick Mattair

10/16/1919 — 09/23/2004

From Kennewick, WA, US | Born in Carrabelle, Florida

Charles Fredrick Mattair

EINAN’S FUNERAL HOME

Charles Fredrick Mattair, 84 of Kennewick, passed away Thursday September 23, 2004 at Tri-Cities Chaplaincy Hospice House. Charles was born on October 16, 1919 in Carrabelle, Florida.

Charles was in the Army where he served in WWII and the Korean War. Charles and his family lived the Tri-Cities since 1958, where he worked for the Kennewick School District as a Teacher/Coach. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Kennewick and also a member of the VFW.

Charles is survived by wife Donna, daughter Julie and Son-in-law Bob Dowle of Chandler, Arizona, son Steven and daughter-in-law Carol. Grandsons Tyler and Travis Mattair of Kennewick, Randy Rockne and family of Marshall Town, Iowa, granddaughter-in-law Karen. Great-grandchildren Scott and Brianne Rockne of Iowa.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday October 2, 2004 at 1 P.M. at the First Presbyterian Church in Kennewick, 2000 W. Kennewick Ave.

Donations may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, 2000 W. Kennewick Ave., Kennewick or Tri-Cities Chaplaincy Hospice House, 2108 W. Entiat, Kennewick, WA 99336

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  • My friend-Charlie-was one of the most “gentle men” I ever knew. I loved his visits when I worked at the bank and looked forward to his great smile and wonderful stories. He always told me I made him feel special, what he didn’t know was that I felt so priviledged to know him and that he always made me feel special! I remember when he came in second when Kennewick High Alumni voted for their favorite teacher. He was just as proud of that honor than if he had won first. He really didn’t realize how many people felt he enriched their lives either through teaching or just knowing his kind heart and gentle spirit. I will miss you Charlie, but will see you again in the hearafter-I love you…Diane

    Diane Crawford
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, WA, US
  • Mr. Mattair was my history teacher at KHS in 1972, He was my favorite teacher, he make history fun, and was not the typical control type guy, loved him. I had him as a patient at KGH in August, he still had the same wonderful personality and outlook on life. I am sure you will miss him mightily.But know he is in heaven, making the rest of the angels laugh.

    Rae Schubert
    November 4, 2014
    US
  • Mr. Mattair was also my government teacher during my senior year 1968at Kennewick High School.

    Besides his warm, caring personality, the thing that comes to mind most for me is the many World War Two experiences he shared with his class, experiences you can’t get from a book.

    Mr. Mattair will be greatly missed by all who had the good fortune to know him.

    Chuck Tyrrell-KHS Class of 68
    November 4, 2014
    Finley, WA, US
  • To Mom Donna and all the Mattair Family:

    I had the great honor to meet Mr. Mattair when I moved to Kennewick when I was 17 years old. He was the teacher that made a difficult transition to a new school, town, and people bearable. Mr. Mattair taught me government, and so much more. He retired the year I graduated, and I felt the loss that Kennewick High would never be the same. I kept in touch with him ever since then, even talking him into being my date for our 10th high school reunion. He was a part of every “big” event in my life – my wedding, the birth of my children, and all the good and bad times in between. My children considered him a surrogate grandpa and he and Donna will always be a part of our family. I will miss him more than I can put into words, there just aren’t enough ways to tell you what he meant to me. I love you Charlie.

    Rebel

    Wendy Joyner-Newman
    November 4, 2014
    Vancouver, WA, US
  • I taught at Kennewick High School from 1962-1971. Charlie Mattair was a well-liked and respected teacher. I always enjoyed talking to him. He will be missed.

    Hollis Morris
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick,, WA, US
  • I was sitting in Mr. Mattair’s class in 1970 when I got a call to go to the office. Mr. Mattair asked me what was wrong and I told him my dad was taken to the hospital that morning. He told me he was sorry and to let him know what was going on. Well, sadly, my own father died that morning, but the first person I turned to was Mr. Mattair. I will always remember how kind and caring he was at that time. He was a good friend to many students. Thank you for sharing this wonderful man with so many of us.

    Penny Reams Harvey
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, WA, US
  • Donna, You and Chuck were the best neighbors for so many years, and we were so sorry to hear about Chucks passing. Thank you for all the good years. We look forward to seeing you soon. Carol is retiring in Dec, and we plan to get out and see old friends more often.

    Jim and Carol

    Carol & Jim Elliott
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, WA, US
  • Dearest Mrs. Mattair and Julie,

    I am so sorry that I can not be at the services today. I am going to be at another funeral at the same time.

    My biggest problem is, both felt much like family to me and I love both people.

    Your family was like my second family when we were growing up and I enjoyed every moment.

    He was also one of my favorite teachers. He treated me like one of his kids in class. That was good, for I would not have wanted to disappoint him.

    I love you and am praying for you. If I can help or you need a shoulder, I am a phone call away. 586-9675

    Love you with Christ’s Love,

    Shelley Taylor Carlton

    Shelley Taylor Carlton
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, WA, US
  • I wasn’t fortunate enough to have “Chuck” as a teacher or coach, but he was a good friend. He will be missed but not forgotten. His smile, firm handshake and occasional war story is what I will always remember.

    I know he has a box seat to all his favorite teams as well as his Grandson’s as they play.

    Our thoughts go out to the entire Mattair family.

    Larry & Barabra Rockne
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • My friend-Charlie-was one of the most “gentle men” I ever knew. I loved his visits when I worked at the bank and looked forward to his great smile and wonderful stories. He always told me I made him feel special, what he didn’t know was that I felt so priviledged to know him and that he always made me feel special! I remember when he came in second when Kennewick High Alumni voted for their favorite teacher. He was just as proud of that honor than if he had won first. He really didn’t realize how many people felt he enriched their lives either through teaching or just knowing his kind heart and gentle spirit. I will miss you Charlie, but will see you again in the hearafter-I love you…Diane

    Diane Crawford
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, WA, US
  • Mr. Mattair was my history teacher at KHS in 1972, He was my favorite teacher, he make history fun, and was not the typical control type guy, loved him. I had him as a patient at KGH in August, he still had the same wonderful personality and outlook on life. I am sure you will miss him mightily.But know he is in heaven, making the rest of the angels laugh.

    Rae Schubert
    November 4, 2014
    US
  • Mr. Mattair was also my government teacher during my senior year 1968at Kennewick High School.

    Besides his warm, caring personality, the thing that comes to mind most for me is the many World War Two experiences he shared with his class, experiences you can’t get from a book.

    Mr. Mattair will be greatly missed by all who had the good fortune to know him.

    Chuck Tyrrell-KHS Class of 68
    November 4, 2014
    Finley, WA, US
  • To Mom Donna and all the Mattair Family:

    I had the great honor to meet Mr. Mattair when I moved to Kennewick when I was 17 years old. He was the teacher that made a difficult transition to a new school, town, and people bearable. Mr. Mattair taught me government, and so much more. He retired the year I graduated, and I felt the loss that Kennewick High would never be the same. I kept in touch with him ever since then, even talking him into being my date for our 10th high school reunion. He was a part of every “big” event in my life – my wedding, the birth of my children, and all the good and bad times in between. My children considered him a surrogate grandpa and he and Donna will always be a part of our family. I will miss him more than I can put into words, there just aren’t enough ways to tell you what he meant to me. I love you Charlie.

    Rebel

    Wendy Joyner-Newman
    November 4, 2014
    Vancouver, WA, US
  • I taught at Kennewick High School from 1962-1971. Charlie Mattair was a well-liked and respected teacher. I always enjoyed talking to him. He will be missed.

    Hollis Morris
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick,, WA, US
  • I was sitting in Mr. Mattair’s class in 1970 when I got a call to go to the office. Mr. Mattair asked me what was wrong and I told him my dad was taken to the hospital that morning. He told me he was sorry and to let him know what was going on. Well, sadly, my own father died that morning, but the first person I turned to was Mr. Mattair. I will always remember how kind and caring he was at that time. He was a good friend to many students. Thank you for sharing this wonderful man with so many of us.

    Penny Reams Harvey
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, WA, US
  • Donna, You and Chuck were the best neighbors for so many years, and we were so sorry to hear about Chucks passing. Thank you for all the good years. We look forward to seeing you soon. Carol is retiring in Dec, and we plan to get out and see old friends more often.

    Jim and Carol

    Carol & Jim Elliott
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, WA, US
  • Dearest Mrs. Mattair and Julie,

    I am so sorry that I can not be at the services today. I am going to be at another funeral at the same time.

    My biggest problem is, both felt much like family to me and I love both people.

    Your family was like my second family when we were growing up and I enjoyed every moment.

    He was also one of my favorite teachers. He treated me like one of his kids in class. That was good, for I would not have wanted to disappoint him.

    I love you and am praying for you. If I can help or you need a shoulder, I am a phone call away. 586-9675

    Love you with Christ’s Love,

    Shelley Taylor Carlton

    Shelley Taylor Carlton
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, WA, US
  • I wasn’t fortunate enough to have “Chuck” as a teacher or coach, but he was a good friend. He will be missed but not forgotten. His smile, firm handshake and occasional war story is what I will always remember.

    I know he has a box seat to all his favorite teams as well as his Grandson’s as they play.

    Our thoughts go out to the entire Mattair family.

    Larry & Barabra Rockne
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • Chuck Mattair was a great person to serve as a high school teacher and coach. He dealt with students fairly and was always ready to listen and advise. He left a life-time impression on me and I am grateful to have had him as a teacher and coach.

    David A. Swanson
    November 4, 2014
    Oxford, MS, US
  • The first time I met Mr. Mattair, I was in tenth grade the year that he came to Kennewick High School. I was involved in Girls Athletic Association which had a father/daughter banquet each year. Since my biological father was never around, Mrs. Burke suggested that I ask Mr. Mattair, which I did and he very graciously accepted and attended with me for three years. From then on he became the Dad that I never had and I have kept in contact with he and Donna over the past 47 years. I was also fortunate to have him as my history teacher. He always noticed the little things about his students and did so much to make them want to excell not only in class but in life. He noticed that I usually froze up whenever there was a test so he would stop by my desk and ask me about how my sports were doing so that I would relax and do well on my test. I have always considered Dad, Donna,Julie and Steve a part of my extended family and thank the good Lord for the honor of being a part of their lives. Dad was a hero to many and a friend to all who knew him. Rest in peace until we meet again. You will be greatly missed.

    Vicki CarpenterCrosby
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, WA, US
  • To the Mattair Family and those who are an extended part I was so sad to learn of the passing of such a nice, kind, and thoughtful man. Just the thought brings back so many memories of bus rides, baseball games, family visits, and wrestling in the front room of the Mattair home. Charley always brings a warm thought and smile to my face, as I’m certain is the case with so many other student’s that he influenced over the years. There is a hole in the soul of Kennewick now, but there is comfort knowing that he will always be a big part, of our “us” and that wonderful part of Southeastern Washington. GK

    Gary Kranc
    November 4, 2014
    Granite, Bay, CA, US
  • Mr.Mattair was my Government Teacher at Kenn. High. I was from the class of l963. He was a wonderful teacher and person. He made me smile. Everytime I would see him at a store or Court Club he would stop and talk to me. He still could make me smile. He will be missed by many.

    Nadine Daggett German
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, WA, US
  • Mr. Mattair was my patient in Lourdes Medical Center Transitional Care Unit x2. I won’t forget him because he is the nicest patient I have ever had. He always say that he was a bother, but he does not call at all. If we don’t go in his room and check him, he won’t call even if he needs help. He would always say, “Thank you Ma’am.” The last time he was hospitalized, about 2 weeks ago, I remember him watching football in TV and at the same time, listening to a football game on the radio…I said, that’s amazing, I cannot do that, and he was just laughing. My husband was his student and many times, my husband wanted to visit him and the last time, he dropped me off at work and wanted to visit Mr. Mattair but he was moved to hospice. I can see the frustration in my husband’s face which goes to show that indeed Charles is not only a good teacher but a good man in general.

    mariel tyrrell
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, WA, US