George Mattos, formerly of Mount Shasta, passed away after a brief illness on October 18, 2012 in Medford, Oregon.

George was born to Ada and George Mattos on October 6, 1929 in Santa Cruz, California.
He graduated from San Jose State with a BA in Music and then served four years in the Air Force. He later earned his Master of Arts degree from Chico State University.

He was married in 1953 to Ginger Mattos and from this union were born five children who survive him: Diana Gilley (and Tom) of Medford, Oregon; Robert Mattos (and Charlene) of Menlo Park, California; David Mattos (and Linda) of Haiku, Maui, Hawaii; Karen Kozak of Phoenix, Arizona; and Linda Mattos of Seattle, Washington. He is also survived by four grandchildren; and two great-grandsons.

George was both an outstanding musician and athlete. From 1950 to 1960, he was ranked as one of the Top 10 pole vaulters in the world.

He represented the United States on Olympic teams in 1952 in Helsinki, Finland and in 1956 in Melbourne, Australia.

George and Ginger were subsequently divorced. Later he married the former Lorraine Herbertson.

After teaching at Weed Elementary School and Weed High School, George became instructor of music at College of the Siskiyous and taught there from 1960 to 1989.

He and Jim Witherell, retired drama instructor, designed the Kenneth W. Ford Theater. The theater opened in 1970 with a large stage and auditorium, numerous classrooms and a rehearsal hall.

In 2011, a scholarship was established by the COS Foundation to honor George Mattos for his contributions to the development of the Music Program at COS.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 10 from 10 to 11 a.m. at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, 701 Lassen Lane in Mount Shasta.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, November 10 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Mount Shasta Resort.