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Robert J. Coach Mattos
Sept. 28, 1941 March 14, 2010
Robert J.  “Coach” Mattos passed away peacefully at the age of 68 on Sunday at his home in Rancho Murieta.
Born Sept. 28, 1941 to John and Mabel Mattos in Ceres, he is survived by his strong and loving wife, Maureen; mother in-law, Barbara; proud sons, Doug (Jennifer) and Bruce (Julie); and six grandchildren, Ally, Olivia, Sophia, Nicholas, Emma and Caroline.
He grew up in Newman. He enjoyed duck hunting and played sports while attending Orestimba High School. After high school, he attended Stockton Junior College and Sacramento State University where he played football for Ray Clemons. After graduation from college, Bob returned to his high school alma mater as the athletic director and coached the varsity football team to championship level. His next two high school head coaching positions at Turlock High School and Stagg High School resulted in multiple championships and became the foundation for his unique connection to the players and coaches that he came in contact with.
In 1978, he returned to Sacramento State as the head football coach and began the process of building one of the most successful programs in school history. Most importantly, his connection with his players provided the opportunity for them to create a solid foundation to become successful after graduation. His fellow coaches respected him for allowing them to coach their way while working together to implement team values such as loyalty, respect and most importantly, family. After retiring from coaching positions with the Sacramento Gold Miners and San Antonio Texans of the CFL, his passion for helping the high school program was continued at Elk Grove High School as the athletic director.
After five years of helping to continue the success of the programs at Elk Grove, he retired to enjoy his family and travel with his wife and best friends, Gary and Judy Quattrin. His loyalty and love for Sacramento State was recently demonstrated as he came out of retirement to assist in fundraising for the university to help upgrade the athletic facilities and once again help coaches and players to be able to succeed with their opportunity at the university. He was a special person who believed in loyalty, humility and respect and did so with class and a touch of humor. His legacy will be carried on by all those that he impacted as a teacher, coach, mentor and friend.
The family wishes to say thank you to Dr. Ron Sockolov, the Sutter Cancer Center and Sutter Hospice. Also, to everyone who sent cards, wishes and prayers, our appreciation to you as well.
Visitation will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 18, followed by a Rosary at 7 p.m. at St. Joachim's Catholic Church in Newman. A funeral mass will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, March 19 at St Joachim's Catholic Church. Interment to follow at Hills Ferry Cemetery in Newman.
A Celebration of Life will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. April 11 at the Alumni Center at Sacramento State University.
In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to the following: The University Fund at Sacramento State: The Bob Mattos Fund, C/O Marshall Sperbeck, Football Office, 6000 J St., Sacramento, CA 95819. Funds will be made to benefit the football program at the university.
Services conducted by Hillview Funeral Chapel, Newman.