In memory of

Joseph Patrick Matzen

Apr 5, 1957
Jan 20, 2024


In loving memory of Joseph Patrick Matzen, a devoted father and sports enthusiast. Joe was born April 5, 1957 to Bill A. and Mary Gladys (Keerins) Matzen of Johnday (IZ Ranch) OR. Joe was known for his passion for golf, prowess as a pool shark, and avid interest in all sports. Joseph was preceded in death by his parents, wife Lelaini Kay Soiland Matzen, and brothers Robert Samuel Matzen and William Loyal Matzen. He is survived by his oldest brother Bonham John "BJ" Matzen, daughters Mary Elizabeth Matzen and Theresa Marie (Maja) Kovacek-Matzen, and fondly remembered by his 4 grandchildren, beloved nieces and nephews and cherished friends and chosen family. Joe brought joy to all those around him, and his legacy of love, laughter, and sportsmanship will forever be cherished by those whose lives he touched.

For memorial gifts they can be sent to Mary Matzen 4462 45th Ave NE, Salem, OR 97305

Service Information

Joseph's daughters are planning a celebration of life for the Spring in Umatilla, OR. More information will be posted on social media by Theresa and Mary when plans have been finalized.

Messages of Sympathy

  1. Betsy Thibado (Baker) says:

    I’m so sorry to hear this. Your dad was a great guy! He was always so proud of you two.

  2. Tracy and Jody Finck says:

    Your Dad, such a great guy. So sorry for your loss much love and prayers for you all. See you in the spring. If you need anything please ask❤️

  3. Kathie Hankins Becker says:

    My cousin Joe will be so missed even tho we lost touch. We were close as youngsters and spent time on the ranch. I love you Joseph. My heart goes out to your family that I would love to know. My prayers to you BJ and Sue.

  4. Rose aguilar says:

    Oh my girls my heart breaks for you. Joe was a special " big brother" love you

  5. Glen Baxter says:

    My condolences to Joe family. Remember him well in school. You will be missed.

  6. Dee and Lori Carey says:

    Sorry for your loss Joe was a great person we are both glad that we had the opportunity to know him You and your families are in our thoughts and our prayers We definitely would like to know when his Celebration of Life Service will be

  7. Greg and Kernie Jones says:

    So sorry for your loss.

    I have cherished childhood memories of our cousin, Joe, before they moved to Umatilla. The times we shared later were too few, but grateful for them.

  8. Joe & Darla Vandever says:

    Our hearts are so broken to hear of Joes passing! Our prayers and thought are with all of you! Please reach out if we can do anything to help you through this difficult time!

  9. Bonnie Matlack says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss he was a great guy he will be missed

  10. Johnson Funeral Home Staff says:

    Thank you for trusting Johnson Funeral Home with his arrangements.

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