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Dr. Don Matlock Obituary

Donald Thomas Matlock was born in 1943 in Shreveport, Louisiana and passed away on March 7, 2017 in New Braunfels, Texas.

Don was preceded in death by his parents, Charles Thomas “C.T.” Matlock and DeLane Watts Smith, and his step-father Raleigh W. Smith.

He is survived by his wife Kathy Matlock; his son Dale Matlock (Vickie); daughters June Hood (Jimmy), Heather Springs (Kenya Barney), and Shannon Springs; brother Eddy Smith (Helen); grandchildren Courtney McClendon (Bryant), Troy Matlock, Kayla Matlock, Katie Gash, and Jaeden Barney; great grandson Daxton McClendon; and numerous nephews and nieces and other extended family.

He was a professor of sociology at Southwest Texas State University (later Texas State University) from 1968 until his first retirement in 2000, serving as chair of the department for many years. 

Due to his step-father’s career as an Air Force photographer, Don and his parents lived in Mississippi, California, Louisiana, and Texas.  And once he arrived in Texas, he never wanted to leave. Don exemplified the bumper sticker, "I wasn't born here but got here as fast as I could." He was never happier than when he was home on the banks of the Guadalupe river. 

Don’s interests included photography, woodworking, computers, traveling, camping, fishing, and reading--always reading.

He loved his family and friends, and his best buddies, his yorkies. 

As he struggled with the effects of a stroke for the last two years, his extended family grew to include his caregivers, therapists, nurses, physicians and finally the Hope Hospice staff.   The family wants to thank these talented  professionals who brought caring support and critical skills.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Newsom/Matlock Sociology Endowed Scholarship at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas, 512-245-2396, or the following link:

A celebration of Don’s life will be held on June 7 in Sattler, Texas.