Douglas Joseph Mattoon
1946 - 2000
"Fly Free as an Eagle Doug"
Having shed your earthly
Your spirit soars free.
Without cares and limitations,
Forever, you now can see.
We cheer your safe passage
To whatever next will be,
Our hopes and dreams, our fond memories,
Follow you eternally.
"First of all, don't sweat the small
Second, it's all small stuff…"
was born in Springfield, Massachusetts on November 25, 1946 to
Rose Shibley, a first generation Lebanese-American, and Fred Mattoon,
whose ancestors settled in Deerfield, Massachusetts in the late
17th century. Doug was very proud of his heritage.
After graduating from Agawam High School and Ward's Technical
Institute at the University of Hartford, Connecticut, Doug entered
the field of electronics. This interest led him to the aerospace
industry, where he worked on the design of many components until
his retirement from Simmonds Precision in Vermont. This included
work on the B-15 and the Space Shuttle, along with many other
government and NASA contracts.
Doug met and married his wife of 32 years, Marcia MacDonald,
at the University of Massachusetts. They lived most of their life
together in Vermont, where they raised their two children, Rob
and Laura, and where their two grandchildren, Delilah and Zeke,
still reside. Some of Doug's favorite memories included his '65
Riviera, hunting in the Vermont Mountains, camping and fishing
on his boat on Lake Champlain with Rob and Laura, and the Angus
steers he raised from calves. In 1999, 11 years after being diagnosed
with chronic progressive Multiple Sclerosis, Doug fulfilled a
lifelong dream when he and Marcia moved to Las Vegas, where he
spent his last year on earth doing everything he wanted to do!
Doug's hobbies included gaming, a great interest in antiques,
and love of space exploration. He was a big "Star Trek"
fan. He believed that space really is the new frontier, and delighted
in the prospect that one day space travel will be as ordinary
as air travel today. Doug always looked at the glass as half-full,
not half-empty. We will miss his laughter.
Doug made the choice to join a Celestis expedition just a few
weeks before his death on February 9, 2000. It is a fitting tribute
to the spirit of the man we will remember as husband, father,
grandfather, nephew, cousin, and friend. Fly free on the wings
The Mattoon Family
Memories of our father:
I remember chasing birds when I was little, trying to sprinkle
salt on their tails, because Dad told me if I could do that, I
could catch one! I remember digging potatoes in the garden, where
he told me if I dug deep enough, I could reach China.
I spent a lot of time with my Dad, especially after he was diagnosed
with MS. I remember walks in the evening when we'd talk about
my dreams for life, and long drives in the country to his favorite
places, where he'd happily reminisce about his own experiences.
I remember the twinkle in his eye whenever he was happy, or excited,
or mischievously putting one over on me! But most of all, I remember
the things he taught me about life, like not to sweat the small
stuff, and putting an emphasis on personal relationships, and
to do anything I wanted, but to do it well.
This is a perfect tribute to his memory, to allow him to travel
above and beyond a world that kept him from seeing and doing so
many things in his last years. Body, mind, and spirit Dad, I hope
you have a wonderful journey.
Laura Mattoon D'Amore
My father always taught me to give everything I did my best try.
He encouraged and supported me throughout my life. He taught me
to respect wildlife and the earth, and how to hunt and fish, and
to garden, and to raise animals. All of these were an integral
part of who he was, and he taught me the virtues of hard work
and patience along the way. I will miss his sound advice and gentle
encouragement. Thank you, Dad.
Robert Douglas Mattoon