Donald Keith Matson

January 14, 1943November 23, 2018

Donald Keith Matson, 75, of Ellettsville died Friday, November 23, 2018 in I.U. Health Hospice House. He was born on a blizzardy day, January 14, 1943 at the 3 generation Matson Home at 104 W. Temperance St., Ellettsville to Ernest Sidney Matson and Nellie Frances May Matson. He and his mother ran the Matson’s Beauty Salon and Matson’s Antique Shop.

Donald was a member of the Ellettsville Bicycle Club in the late 40’s, the Ellettsville Youth Center in the early 50’s. He graduated from Ellettsville High School in 1961, acquired 10 Proficiency Test Medals, roller skated from age 6 to 70 and was a member of Skyline Roller Rink Figure and Dance Club. He loved to dance, especially the jitterbug, loved old “Popular” & Big Band, 50’s Rock N Rolland at the other end of the music spectrum, My 3 Favorite Italians “Il Volo” (opera) & remember to always keep a song in your heart.

Donald enjoyed going to auctions, garage and yard sales and buying antique glass. He was a regular watcher of Jeopardy on TV, he started doing genealogy in 1959 and traced it back to several Royal Lines and as far back as Adam & Eve. He was told by many that he was related to almost everyone in Monroe County. In 1979 he published “1820-1850 Census of Monroe County and in 1981 he co-authored “Figg Leaves”. He was a Life Member of Monroe County, Indiana Historical and Genealogy Societies. He helped with and ran the “Old Picture Gallery” at the Monroe County Fall Festival in downtown Ellettsville for 12 years before it moved to its present location. He was a member of the Senior Citizens Ellettsville Club that met at the Endwright Center, and was the Historian of Ellettsville High School Alumni Association from 1994-2018. Other memberships include the Swedish Colonial Society and former member of the Sons of the American Revolution.

There will be a Memorial Service at a later date, his desire was to be buried “up on the hill” at the Cumberland Presbyterian Cemetery in Ellettsville with his 6 generations of maternal ancestors. Deremiah-Frye Mortuary has been entrusted with arrangements.


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John Farmer de la Torre

January 30, 2019

Cousin Don Matson and I met online as I began researching my family genealogy. We shared a common grandmother back in 1796, Sarah Farmer. We connected in person in 2007 after corresponding for some years. On a trip to Stinesville, Indiana, he took me to where Sarah is buried at Mt. Carmel cemetery along with her husband John E. Farmer, and then we drove to Sandborn where in a cornfield he showed me a hidden family cemetery and the resting place of my grandmother's lost family, the Delays. I would not have known as much about my family and its history if not for him. I had hoped to visit him again soon. I will miss him but am thankful for all gave me, my family, and others. Rest in Peace Cousin Don, until we meet again.

Martha Hawk

December 1, 2018

Donnie and I grew up just a few houses apart, Betty and Julia on one corner, Donnie on one corner, Tommy Hagen on the other. Carol Robinson down a couple doors one direction and the Harrison's, my family, just up another house. We all were friends. Donnie became the "go to" person with knowledge of who was related and at one time he told a friend they were double double cousins! He sure loved to dance and skate. His knowledge of all things Ellettsville, indeed all of Monroe County, will be sorely missed.

Jim Ed Prow

November 30, 2018

Don and I have been friends over 50 years. We met back in 1968 at a antique sale. Became friends and he got me started doing family history. I found out we were connected on the Cutright line. We did alot of outings and sales. My memories of him will always be set in my heart of friendship and the knowledges of history. R.I. P. my friend Jim Ed Prow

Lela Skeath

November 30, 2018

Don and I use to skate at the skating rink on State Road 46. I enjoyed the time we spent during the early years of his life. He will be missed by all who knew him.

Nancy Raper

November 30, 2018

Don & I were good friends & genealogists. We laughed several years ago because I had a "Find a Grave" request to photograph his grave stone and even went out and did so thinking I had missed the notification of his demise. I visited his stone several months in a row waiting for the death date to be inscribed and get a final photo to no avail. I walked into The Monroe County History Club meeting at the Legion several months later and was surprised to see him! He told me, " the report of his death was greatly exaggerated!" His sense of humor was boundless and we enjoyed chatting about History and families of Our ancestors and connecting. So sorry to loose such a great guy with a wealth of knowledge of Monroe and surrounding counties. He will be missed!

sue kelley

November 30, 2018

Graduated with Donnie. My goodness the angels must be dancing now.

Jan Tenny

November 30, 2018

Don was a distant cousin to our family on many sides (Figg and May to name a couple). Over the past forty plus years, Don was a real help to both myself and my Mother (Genell Elliott) as we found our way through our family tree. Don's passing saddens me tremendously..... Rest in Peace Don.... You will be missed.