Gordon Frank Mutter

October 12, 1930April 9, 2019

On Tuesday, April 9, 2019, Gordon Frank Mutter, loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, passed away at the age of 88.

Gordon was born on October 12, 1930 in Forget, Saskatchewan, Canada. At the age of 20, he married his childhood sweetheart, Isabelle Challborn, and they had two daughters, Ricki and Wendie. After immigrating to America in 1953, Gordon enlisted in the Army, and was soon after stationed in Germany. With his commitment to the service and love for his family, Gordon was granted permission to move his young family with him during his assignment in Frankfurt.

After two years of active duty, Gordon and his family moved back to Santa Barbara, California, where Gordon and Isabelle welcomed their third daughter, Susie. Gordon remained in the Army reserves as he began working in construction, with the majority of his career as a Bridge Foreman. In 1977, Gordon and Isabelle moved to Paso Robles to build a home and raise a few head of cattle on land with sweeping views of the rolling hills, beginning a new chapter in life together.

With his engaging personality and sense of humor, Gordon made friends wherever he went. He joined the local VFW and American Legion, and was instrumental in establishing the new Veterans Memorial Building. With steadfast American pride, he dedicated over 25 years to these local Posts, holding various positions throughout the years. He was a loving father and grandfather, and a truly compassionate man. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

Gordon was preceded in death by his wife, Isabelle. He is survived by his three daughters, Ricki, Wendie, and Susie, four grandchildren, Amy, Erica, Michael, and Liesl, and two great-granddaughters, Isabella and Sierra.

A graveside service will be held at the Paso Robles District Cemetery on Thursday, April 18, 2019 at 11:00 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the VFW Post 10965 in Paso Robles.


  • Graveside Service Thursday, April 18, 2019

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Bob Challborn

April 19, 2019

I had to stop everything when I read the email that said my Uncle Gordon had passed away. Though we were separated geographically, I always felt a strong connection to and a huge respect for him. I loved hearing his stories about his work, his family and our family history. Twice, during visits separated by years, we literally talked and laughed until dawn.

When I was a small child my family lived close by to his. From that time I have clear memories of his warm smile and gentle ways. I liked being around him.

In my adult life, many times I have spoken to people about Uncle Gordon. Sometimes it was in a situation where people were getting flustered and upset. I'd say something like "We should be like an uncle I have, Uncle Gordon. He would stay calm, look for the best in this situation, and move on." Or a bunch of us might be talking about family and relatives. I would talk a bit about Uncle Gordon, and would usually end up saying something like "I wish I was like him."

I do not hesitate to point to Uncle Gordon as a role model for any man. He was completely dedicated to and loved his wife and children. He was kind to people, including strangers. He had a solid work ethic. There is no doubt that the world is a better place because he lived in it.