Carl K. Mattocks obituary

Source: “[Carl K. Mattocks obituary],” at, originally published in the Hartford Courant (5 March 2003), accessed 9 March 2003.

Carl K. Mattocks

Captain Carl K. Mattocks, 83, of Farmington, husband of the late Betty (Bryant) Mattocks, passed away Sunday (March 2, 2003).  Born in Parr, IN, Nov. 29, 1919, son of the late Beverly and Gladys (Danner) Mattocks, he resided in Farmington for many years. Carl enlisted in the regular Army in 1939, as a private first class and was sent to Iceland where he was promoted to Sergeant and returned to Ft. Benning, GA to Officer̓s Candidate School.  In 1944, he was sent to the European Theatre of Operations where he served with the headquarters company of the 38th Armored Infantry Battalion.  While there he was awarded the Silver Star, the Bronze Star and the French Croix de Guerre for gallantry in action. For Carl the battle ended on Jan. 25, 1945, in St. Vith Belgium, where he was wounded in action and spent the next 16 months in Army hospitals. Before Carl completed his service to our country he would receive two additional Bronze Stars, a British Military Cross from the King of England, a Purple Heart and many other decorations. After leaving the service he was married in 1949, moved to Connecticut, where he started a business Jones-Mattocks General Contractors. He worked with the Army Corp of Engineers and several large construction companies across the state. His final position before retiring was Master Mechanic for the Stone and Webster Corp. at the Millstone Nuclear Power Plant in Niantic. He was a longtime member of Local 478 Operating Engineers in Hamden. He is a lifetime member of the Seventh Armored Division and a two term past president for that association. He is also a lifetime member of VFW Post 10361 of Farmington, Antique Veterans of America, American Legion, VBOB – Veterans Battle of the Bulge, Connecticut Chapter and Disabled American Veterans. Aside from all his veteran activities he enjoyed restoring antique autos, researching his family genealogy, volunteering at the soup kitchen and hanging out with his grandsons. “He never met a dog that never loved him.” The family would like to thank the devoted and caring staff at Haven Health Care with special thanks to Mickey his nurse who Carl said, “she̓s the best.” He is survived by a daughter, Ellen Mattocks of Unionville, a daughter and son-in-law, Marion and Gary Olson of Bristol, a daughter and son-in-law, Cheryl and Richard Higley, Sr. of Farmington; three grandsons, Garrett Olson, Richard Higley, Zachary Higley; his dog and faithful companion, “Lucky” and his three grand dogs, Samantha, Candie and Corey. He leaves behind a nephew, Henry Bryant, Jr. of Farmington, who is like a son to him and many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. Carl was the oldest of six and was predeceased by all of his siblings, Earl, Donald, Mary, Pat and Leon, along with his parents and his loving wife of 52 years, Betty. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rte. 4, Unionville on Thurs., March 6, 5-8 p.m. Funeral services will be held Friday, 1 p.m. in The Meetinghouse of the First Church of Christ Congregational, 75 Main St., Farmington, with the Rev. Ned W. Edwards, Jr. officiating.  Burial with full Military Honors will be in Riverside Cemetery, Farmington. Memorial contributions may be made to World War II Veterans Memorial Fund, 2300 Clarendon Blvd., Suite 501, Arlington, VA 22201.

Published in the Hartford Courant on 3/5/ 2003.

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