Julius Cecil Matus Aug. 7, 1945 ~ Feb. 24, 2013
February 15, 2013, 9:00 am by Staff Reports
J.C. was born Aug. 7, 1945 in Blanco, Texas to Julius Charles Matus and Viola Matus. He grew up in Marble Falls, Texas and graduated from Marble Falls High School in 1964.
After graduating high school he was drafted into the U.S. Army and served two years in the 7th Army, 56th Field Artillery Brigade. He was stationed in Neckarsulm, Germany as a Sergeant.
The brigade had three firing battalions and was the only Pershing Missile brigade deployed in Germany and it was a vital link within NATO’s chain of defense.
He worked for more than two decades as an operator for Amoco’s Texas City refinery. An avid golfer, hunter and auto-racing enthusiast, J.C. was never a spectator in life. He was always participating in activities, especially those that involved his family, friends and children.
Whether it was the manager of the Texas City Little League City Champion Oilers in 1984, a member of the Galveston County Fair and Rodeo’s 1981 brisket champion barbecue cook-off team, teaching his sons how to hunt, field dress and process a deer, taking a trip to play 3-car poker at Coushatta Casino Resort in Louisiana or serving as the logistics director and pace car driver for the Texas Mile or NASA-Texas auto races, J.C. was known by family and friends as a fun-loving guy who never met a stranger and someone who friends said they always wanted to be around.
He was known in his residential neighborhood as the watchdog who kept an eye on the neighborhood from the confines of his garage also known as "J.C.’s Clubhouse.” To his family he was the chief cook when it came to backyard barbecues. J.C. was also a fighter for things he believed in, especially when it came to his family and friends. That fight showed as he battled cancer.
He was preceded in death by his parents Julius Charles Matus and Viola Matus.
J.C. is survived by his loving wife of 17 years Charlotte Matus; son Jay Matus and his wife Shannon of Houston; son Sean Matus and his wife Lisa of Clear Lake; step-daughter Leigh O’Leary and her husband Aaron who live in Russia; step-son Kevin Street and his wife Deanna of Houston; a brother, Charles Matus and his wife Ola of Johnson City; sister Betty Page and her husband Glen of Marble Falls. He also leaves behind his beloved grandchildren Sarah and Lauren Matus, Ethan and Liam O’Leary and Mason Street.
The family wishes to acknowledge the outstanding and compassionate care given by the doctors and staffs of M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Oncology’s Deke Slayton Cancer Center in Webster, Clear Lake Regional Medical Center in Webster, Kindred Hospital and Rehabilitation Center and Regency Village Care Center in Webster.
Donations can be made in J.C. Matus’ name to the Deke Slayton Cancer Center, 501 Medical Center Blvd. in Webster.
Donations can be made in J.C. Matus’ name to the Deke Slayton Cancer Center, 501 Medical Center Blvd. in Webster. Arrangements by Emken-Linton Funeral Home, Texas City.
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