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Robert Joe "Bobby Joe" Mata
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Birth: Oct. 10, 1973
Los Angeles
Los Angeles County
California, USA
Death: Sep. 19, 2000
Harbor City
Los Angeles County
California, USA

Robert Joe Mata was born in Los Angeles, California. He graduated from Etiwanda High School in June of 1991. In November of 1992 he enlisted in the United States Navy, serving on the destroyer U.S.S. Fletcher (DD-992). In his service to our country, Robert was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (First Award), and the Southwest Asia Service Medal. The latter medal awarded to those naval personnel who patrolled the area near Iraq, in the months after the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait. Upon his discharge from the Navy, Robert settled in Hawaii, where he met and married his wife, Holly. Homesick for Los Angeles, Robert and Holly moved to Whittier, California. Holly and Robert had two daughters, five year-old Kalei and two year-old Pilani. Robert entered the Los Angeles Police Academy on January 22, 1996. He served his probationary time in Newton Area, where one daily rating complimented his handling of a 15 year-old potential runaway. Robert convinced the troubled teen to stay home and seek help to work through his troubles with his parent. Passing his probation, he moved on to Southeast Area. Robert's final division of assignment was Harbor Area, where he was assigned the Specialized Enforcement (Anti-gang) Unit. On Tuesday, Sept. 19, Mata and his partner, Officer Sonny Patsenhann, were enroute to a back-up request from a fellow officer who was involved with a stolen vehicle investigation with a suspect. Mata lost control of his police vehicle on a curve and collided with a cement light post. Both Mata and Patsenhann were trapped.
Responding officers were able to remove Patsenhann through the passenger window but, unfortunately, it took the Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics an hour to cut the cars top off and extricate Mata. He talked with paramedics during the ordeal, but went into cardiac arrest as he was finally being pulled from the wreckage. Mata underwent two hours of surgery, but because of his injuries coupled with the length of time his heart had not beaten on its own, he was not able to overcome the trauma of the accident.

Officer Mata had been employed with the LAPD for six years. He is survived by his wife and 2 young daughters.

 
 
Note: Robert Mata is not related to the biographer of this memorial.
 
Burial:
Rose Hills Memorial Park
Whittier
Los Angeles County
California, USA
Plot: Garden of Tranquility, lot 609, sec. 1, space 1
 
Maintained by: Louis M.
Originally Created by: Darla Mays (Rodeogirl73)
Record added: Jul 29, 2009
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In Remembrance Of You
- Karen
 Added: Apr. 12, 2014
R.I.P.
- R.D. Herring
 Added: Feb. 16, 2014
Rest in peace.
- Debra Graves Dawson
 Added: Oct. 1, 2013
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