Entered the presence of his Lord and Savior on November 30, 2021, with Marie, his loving wife of 59 years by his side. His enduring gift was to pour into others for their growth and development – spiritually and personally. It was a rare moment that he was not seeking to solve problems that would lessen another’s burdens. Marie was the apple of his eye and the delight of his heart. He was loved by his family including children: Heather & Frank Williams, Dave & Janice Mattox, and Holly & Kevin Corwin as well as grandchildren: Austin & Kelli Williams, Dr. Jessica Mattox, Logan Williams, Dan Mattox, Ryan Williams, Emma Corwin, Ava Corwin and Ella Corwin and two great-grandchildren.
Doug Mattox was born January 2, 1941 in Plainfield, New Jersey to Milton and June (Janelli) Mattox. A precocious child who was broadcast playing the accordion on New York City radio at the age of ten. He loved music and science and followed those pursuits earning a PhD from Rutgers University in Ceramic Engineering. His career specialized in glass and specifically lighting. As an inventor with 12 patents and numerous international accolades, Dr. Mattox worked in industry for the Westinghouse Electric Corporation for over twenty years as well as Tenured Professor at the Missouri Science and Technology for 13 years.
Dr. Mattox was a teacher by nature and loved studying the Bible and sharing deep truths in practical ways. His students were of all ages and Dr. Mattox loved finding ways to study together through humor, song, poetry and memory devices. His approach endeared his students to him and inspired them to apply their understanding. From his days in graduate school through retirement, Dr. Mattox had a special bond with young people regarding their spiritual development. Many a late night was spent in discussion and earnest engagement with students’ challenges and dreams. Oftentimes, students could sense his sincere interest and would share their deepest needs.
In his later years, he garnered a following with an email Bible study through Paul’s letter to the Romans and the book of Job. These virtual discussions were a source of complete engagement as he wrestled difficult questions to address the challenges of life.
He loved music at all levels from grade school recitals, high school musicals, college band concerts as well of course, opera. He was a highly skilled accordion and piano player. He wrote songs including a musical, but his favored pastime was to perfect a song with a friend or family member to share publicly.
Family was the source of great pleasure. Dad and Mom rarely missed a track meet, soccer match, football game, concert or school event for their kids and even their grandkids. His presence was nearly a guarantee as he treasured those times. All his family had shared individual moments of instruction from him to master a challenging technique or skill needed for sports or music. They knew Papa or Grandpa was in their corner.
He loved extravagantly and was loved deeply in return. His faithfulness to Christian service and encouragement will be missed.
Visitation at Kutis Affton Chapel 10151 Gravois Rd 63123 on Friday, December 3 from 4-8 pm. Funeral service at Meramec Bluffs Nursing Home Chapel (1 Meramec Bluffs Drive Ballwin, Mo. 63021) on Saturday, December 4 at 10 am. Interment at Park Lawn Cemetery will be held in private.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that gifts be made to Trinity Christian School (https://forms.donorsnap.com/form?id=fcd6bea9-c773-4d6f-abe2-0bc5a2e984b9). This school has been his passion and a source of joy for more than 50 years.