Maj John H Matlock

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Maj John H Matlock

  • Birth 29 Jul 1918 Alberta, Canada
  • Death 9 Nov 1988 Scottsdale, Maricopa County, Arizona, USA
  • Burial Lewiston, Nez Perce County, Idaho, USA
  • Plot Masonic Section, Row 2
  • Memorial ID 73330482

John H. Matlock, a retired Lewiston, Idaho, newspaper and radio executive, whose business career began at the end of WW II, died at age 70 in a Scottsdale, AZ, hospital.

Matlock was assistant publisher and general manager of the Lewiston Morning Tribune for 10 years, until his retirement on Sept. 1, 1981. He was a co-founder of Lewiston radio station KOZE in 1955 and a co-owner of Lewis-Clark Broadcasting Co. until 1971.

Matlock died of a cornary arrest suffered at his Fountain Hills, AZ, condominium. He was transported by helicopter to Scottsdale Memorial Hospital North, but did not recover. He and his wife Nell had been vacationing for a few weeks at their home and had planned to return to Lewiston. His post-war career in business began with the Diamond Shop, a Lewiston jewelry store. He was a partner, leaving the firm to join nephew Eugene A. Hamblin to begin KOZE in 1955. The business grew in 16 years to five radio stations in four northern Idaho towns. Lewis-Clark Broadcasting was dissolved in 1971...He then joined the Lewiston Tribune. His first wife, Alice Alford Matlock, was a former Lewiston Tribune reporter and, at the time of her death in 1977, was vice-president of Tribune Publishing Co. They had wed on June 19, 1942, at Lewiston.

Born in Champion, Alberta, Canada, Matlock was the son of Jesse P. and Ethel Matlock. He grew up on a Colfax area farm and graduated from Colfax High School in 1936.. He attended Lewiston State Normal School for two years, playing at center on the football team, and graduated from Bradley University at Peoria, IL.

Drafted into the US Army in Feb. 1940, as a Private, he was discharged as a Major in 1945. He served in the 455th AAA Bn. HQ, in Motor Pool Maintenance. He became the Captain and MTO (Motor Transportation Officer) of the unit as it moved from England to France to Germany and Austria, attached to Gen. Patton's Third US Army and the XX Corps (Gen. Walton Walker). He once protected an injured member of his Motor unit, Bob Lautanen, when Lautanen was struck in the face by an airburst of a German artillery shell on Sept. 15, 1944. Lautanen relates that Capt. Matlock lay atop him to prevent further harm to Bob from the shelling, although Matlock was 'shaking like a leaf'...

Matlock was president of the Lewiston Rotary Club in 1967-68; president of the Lewiston Golf & Country Club and potentate of Calam Temple and the Shrine in 1969. He was a member of Nez Perce Lodge No. 10, AF & AM, a Knights Templar in Lewiston Commandry NO. 2, a Shrine jester and served several terms on the DeMolay advisory board. He earned the Eagle Scout award in 1932, at Colfax. His three sons later became Eagles at Lewiston. He was a lifetime member of the Lewiston Elks Lodge and the American Legion; a former director of the Lewiston Chamber of Commerce and director of the Idaho State Broadcasters Association.

Matlock married the former Nell Anderson of Lewiston on June 15, 1978, at Boise. He is survived by his wife Nell, three sons, a stepdaughter, a stepson, eight grandchildren and two stepgrandchildren. Masonic rites and burial at Normal Hill Cemetery at Lewiston...

--excerpts from his local obituary and military biography notes from the history of the 455th AAA Bn. (WW2)---


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  • Maintained by: 455th AAA Historian
  • Originally Created by: Pamela Thompson
  • Added: 14 Jul 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 73330482
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Maj John H Matlock (29 Jul 1918–9 Nov 1988), Find A Grave Memorial no. 73330482, citing Normal Hill Cemetery, Lewiston, Nez Perce County, Idaho, USA ; Maintained by 455th AAA Historian (contributor 47832164) .