Joseph Mattos

December 11, 1929September 12, 2017
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Joseph G. Mattos, 87, went to be with his heavenly father and loving wife on September 12, 2017. He was born on December 11, 1929 in Taunton, Massachusetts to Manuel and Mary Mattos. Joseph left Taunton in 1948 and joined the U.S. Coast Guard until 1950 when he transferred service to the U.S. Air Force. During his military service, Joseph served one year in Thailand in support of the Vietnam War and was honorably discharged in 1969 as a Tech Sergeant after serving his country for 21 years. Joseph married the love of his life, Theodora Pina, in 1950 to whom he stayed married to until Dora passed away in 2015. Joseph and Dora had nine Children; six girls and three boys. The family retired in Phoenix, Arizona where Joseph worked as a lineman for Qwest, formerly known as U.S. West, for 20 years earning his second retirement. Joseph spent his retired years traveling, woodworking and creating wooden critters and scenes for his family and friends. Joseph was preceded in death by his wife, Theodora, son, Joseph Mattos and daughter, Brenda Mattos. He is survived by his sons, David Mattos (Patti) and John Mattos (Kim); daughters, Gwendolyn Kielblock (Robert), Mary Tiemeyer (Jim), Rose Riley (Tom), Elizabeth Martin (Ron) and Celeste Hintz (Karl), 20 Grandchildren, 28 Great Grandchildren, and 2 Great-Great Grandchildren. Family and friends are invited to attend a Visitation at Surprise Funeral Care, 16063 West Bell Road, Surprise, Arizona 85374, September 20, 2017 starting at 5pm and the Funeral Service at Surprise Funeral Care September 21, 2017 at 10am. Burial will be accompanied by Military Honors at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona September 21, 2017 at 1pm. In Lieu of Flowers please send donations to Hospice of the Valley at


  • Visitation - Memory sharing at 7pm Wednesday, September 20, 2017
  • Funeral Service Thursday, September 21, 2017
  • Graveside Service Thursday, September 21, 2017

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October 9, 2017

I'm gonna miss you sooo much Gramps (aka Groucho) and as much as I'm heartbroken you're gone I'm glad you and Grandma are together again and I have one more person watching over me! I hated that I couldn't be closer and see you more but I know the love you had for all of your children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren was all the same and we all had a special place in your heart just like you had in ours! You were an example of what a man should be!! We will all miss you and can't wait until we meet again! Comanchero Grandpa!!

Pat and Tom Preston

September 22, 2017

Our sympathy to the Mattos family. Joe and Dora were our neighbors in Overgaard for many years. You could not ask for better neighbors. Dora & I took walks and chatted and Joe was always available for a kind word or to offer help or advice. Our son-in-law and our son had many good times with Joe. When our grandkids and theirs were younger, we had fun with all of them. We will miss them, but are glad they are together again.

Ed and Lisa Grace

September 22, 2017

Words do an injustice in explaining how much we will miss Joe. He will remain alive in our memories and admiration. We will think of him each time we spot the wonderful gift he gave us in the backyard as well. Our condolences to the family.

September 21, 2017

My sympathy to all the Matteo's family. My prayers are with you!

Angela Lavalais

September 20, 2017

Papa Joe, you were a man that I looked up to for so many reasons. You and Grams had an incredible marriage, filled with love and support for one another, your children, and your grandchildren. You taught me to work hard for what I want and to make responsible choices that will provide for a brighter future. You did not teach me these things through only words, but more so through your actions. You sacrificed for your family and this country and never complained or asked for anything in return.

I remember during childhood, spending so many weekends and weeks over the summer with you and Grams. Those times were so beautiful and made me feel so loved and cherished. I can remember trying to run past you before you could grab me and twist my arm playfully. I can remember your funny jokes that would make me laugh so hard. I can remember so many times that you were there to comfort me and support me. Those times were the greatest moments of my childhood.

When I told you and Grams about my dream to become a licensed professional counselor, I got the impression you did not have the highest belief in that profession. However, you supported me through the entire journey. You cheered me on through earning my bachelor and master degree and even surprised me with the gift of paying for my licensing exam. You believed in me! I was so proud when I told you I passed that exam! You probably had no idea how much your support motivated me.

I know you are with me, encouraging me every day and I will not take your support and help for granted. I will continue to live in a way you would have been proud. I was so blessed to have had the most amazing grandparents and to learn from your example. I will work hard to plant the same seeds with my children and future grandchildren to keep growing on what you and Grams built. Thank you, Papa Joe, for being such an incredible influence in my life and the lives of my children. Thank you for opening your home and your heart to me always. I will miss your presence, but you earned that space in Paradise, and I know you and Grams are living it up while watching over us.

September 20, 2017

Remembering your great love story today and always.

Liz Martin

September 20, 2017


As lay here tonight realizing that you've been taken to a better place and to be with Mom. You were the most amazing man to me. You've have been gone a week now and I miss your smiles, laughs, and jokes. I'm blessed that I got know what being a family really meant to you. I love daddy, Lizzy

Kath and Mike Reinert

September 19, 2017

Our love to Papa Joe and Dora although we miss them terribly I believe they are in a better place. Our hearts to his family and friends that miss him so. Cheers to you Papa Joe and Dora

Teddi McMorris

September 19, 2017

I am so very sorry but Joe and Dora are together again

September 18, 2017

We are so sorry to hear of Joe's passing. We enjoyed him as an email friend as well as a great neighbor in Overgaard. He and Dora were a delightful couple and they always put a smile on our faces. They will always be a very fond memory.
George & Muriel Akins, Mesa Az