Donald (Don) Dean Matson, Sr. 85 of Midland passed away Tuesday, July 15,2014 at
Morning Glory Adult Care Home.
Don was born in Sioux City, Iowa, June 29, 1929 to Charles and Ellen Matson. His
family lived in Sioux City during his early childhood, then they moved to St Louis,
Missouri. Don graduated from Southwest High School of St Louis in 1947. He attended
college at the Missouri School of Mines (now the Missouri University of Science and
Technology) in Rolla, Missouri where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in
Petroleum Engineering in 1951. After graduation Don went to work for Magnolia
Petroleum Company in Pecos, Texas, Artesia, New Mexico, then to Kermit, Texas.
While in Kermit, he met Lou Ellen Reneau. They were married on June 13, 1953. They
just celebrated 61 years of marriage.
Over the next few years Den's work took them to Odessa, and Seminole, Texas, Mattoon,
Illinois, Winchester, Tennessee, Clinton, Oklahoma and back to Seminole and
Breckenridge, Texas, Denver, Colorado, then finally to Midland, Texas where they made
their home and raised their children.
Don and Lou had a son, Dean who was born August 30, 1956 and a daughter Ellen who
was born June 4, 1965.
Don was a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologist; West Texas
Geological Society; Permian Basin Geophysical Society; Society of Exploration
Geophysicists. Other affiliations that he was a member of were the Society of
Independent Professional Earth Scientists and the Exchange Club. He was a volunteer
with the Friends of the Library Book Store and a long time member of the First United
Methodist Church of Midland.
His hobbies were gardening, reading, golf, tennis, fishing and traveling. Don was very
witty and known by family and friends for his one liners.
He is survived by his wife Lou of Midland and their daughter Ellen of Austin, two sisters
Lucy Campbell of Eagle River, Wisconsin and Vivian Rodenhizer of Chicago, Illinois,
many nieces, nephews and dear friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents Charles and Ellen Matson, and by his son Dean
The Family is very grateful for the loving care he received from Bobby and Jennifer
Burleson and their awesome staff at Morning Glory Adult Care Home the last few years
of his life.
A special thank you to Dr Gregory Barther and the Hospice staff for making Don's last
Memorial services for Don will be at 2:00 pm Saturday, July 19,2014 in the First United
Methodist Chapel located at 300 N Main St with Dr. Tim Walker officiating.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Hospice of Midland, 911 W Texas Ave,
Midland, Texas 79701; First United Methodist Church, 300 N Main St, Midland, Texas
79701 or a charity of your choice.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Ellis Funeral Home of Midland. Family
graveside services will be held at a later date.