Lloyd M. Mattson
Lloyd M. Mattson, 71, of Palm Springs, died Friday, May 13, 2016, at Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, California. He was born September 7, 1944, to Clarence and Evelyn [Olson] Mattson, in Glenwood, Minnesota.
Born during the transition between the Greatest Generation and the Baby Boomers, he had a foot in both camps and trudged through years of cancer with the tenacity of the greatest and the spirit of the boomers.
He is survived by Jean Mattson, sister-in-law, of Detroit Lakes, MN, niece Samantha Gulon and her children Sydney Rae and John Peter, also of Detroit Lakes, and niece Jennifer Mattson Wegner [Robert] of Alexandria, MN, one aunt, DeLoris Carlson, of Columbia Heights, MN, many cousins, special friend Gary Gleason of Minneapolis, the Minnesota Gleasons of Northfield, his other family, and a host of devoted friends in the Coachella Valley and around the world.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Ray Mattson.
Lloyd was a graduate of Glenwood High School and St. Cloud University in Minnesota. He majored in elementary education and student taught in the Anoka Hennepin school district in the Minneapolis suburbs. While student teaching, the superintendent of schools observed him in the classroom and hired him on the spot to become a full-time teacher. Lloyd spent 34 years in that district, becoming the quintessential fifth grade teacher, and retiring in 2000.
Lloyd was a master at friendship because he was reliable, kind, and devoted, as well as an expert listener to young and old alike.
Services in Palm Springs by Bloom in the Desert Ministries at St Paul's Episcopal Church, 132 W El Alameda, Palm Springs, May 17 at 3:00 P.M.. Services will be held in Minneapolis at Central Lutheran Church, 333 S. 12th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55404, Saturday, May 21, with gathering beginning at 10:00 am, followed by the service at 11:00 am. Private family graveside services will be at a later date at Glenwood Lutheran Cemetery in Glenwood.
Memorials are preferred to Bloom in the Desert Ministries UCC, 400 S. El Cielo Rd, Palm Springs, CA, 92262, or Central Lutheran Church in Minneapolis, or the charity of the donor's choice. Condolences may be sent to the family in care of Jean Mattson, 304 Pelican River Rd, Apt 105, Detroit Lakes, MN 56501.
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