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Leroy Calvin Matten
Birth: Jan. 4, 1936
Carlton County
Minnesota, USA
Death: Jun. 30, 1967
Yuma County
Arizona, USA

My father...

The youngest of 12 children. Leroy grew up in Wrenshall, Carlton County, Minnesota on his parents' farm. There he met his wife.

Leroy married Donna Marie Johnson on September 14, 1957. They had two children in Carlton County, and then they relocated to Yuma, Yuma County, Arizona, where they had their third child, me. On October 18, 1964, Donna, and what was to be their fourth child, were killed in an automobile accident. She was only 25, about four months pregnant and was a passenger in a car driven by a drunk driver.

Family says that Leroy was never the same after that day; that he "lost his mind." Marilyn remembers Gramma taking her to the hospital to visit him, and all you could see were his eyes. He was in a full body cast for a very long time after the accident. Afterwards, he married Wahala E. Cygan aka Taylor in Imperial, California.

He took his own life two and a half years after the death of Donna; he was only 31 years old. He and Donna left three children behind:

Marilyn and Mike were raised in Arizona with our maternal grandparents, Melvin Frank and Josepha Helen (Kennebeck) Johnson. I was adopted by a maternal uncle and his wife, Richard Anthony and Lorraine Marie (Kriske) Johnson. I grew up in Wisconsin.
Family links: 
  Oscar Camiel Matten (1887 - 1953)
  Marie Emma Devos Matten (1888 - 1977)
  Donna Marie Johnson Matten (1939 - 1964)
  Wahala Elsie Scott Taylor Taylor (1932 - 1969)
  Leroy Matten (1965 - 1965)*
  Morris Joseph Matten (1908 - 1918)*
  William Antonius Matten (1909 - 1999)*
  Laura Mary Matten Bandle (1911 - 1934)*
  Omer Arthur Matten (1912 - 1913)*
  Omer Harold Matteen (1916 - 2005)*
  Simone Martha Matten Anderson (1917 - 2000)*
  Julius Matten (1921 - 1996)*
  Marie Matten (1923 - 1923)*
  Clarence Joseph Matten (1929 - 1998)*
  Leroy Calvin Matten (1936 - 1967)
*Calculated relationship
Note: Date on cemetery marker is the date his burial was to take place. My dad died June 30, 1967. It has been said by several family members that he is not buried here; that his second wife had him buried before the scheduled funeral somewhere else.
Desert Lawn Memorial Park
Yuma County
Arizona, USA
Created by: Laura (Matten-Johnson) S...
Record added: Dec 11, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 32120701
Leroy Calvin Matten
Added by: Laura (Matten-Johnson) Segrin
Leroy Calvin Matten
Added by: Laura (Matten-Johnson) Segrin
Leroy Calvin Matten
Added by: Laura (Matten-Johnson) Segrin
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- Ladysmn
 Added: Jan. 28, 2017
I miss you and everyone else so much. You & mom, my grandmas & grandpas, Jimmy's mom & dad. I hope you all are up there in Heaven enjoying the Christmas season together. I can't wait to see you all again. I love you all.. xoxoxo
- Marilyn
 Added: Dec. 9, 2016

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 Added: Sep. 4, 2016
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