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Dennis G. Mattoon

January 12, 1955 - December 7, 2019

Posted by:
Wryann Van Riper

Posted on:
January 17, 2020

Mr. Mattoon was a memorable teacher who clearly enjoyed his work. I first met Mr. Mattoon as an 8th grader while touring Reynolds High School. I started the exploring automotive classes my freshmen year of high school, Mr. Mattoon quickly became my favorite teacher and I continued taking his classes through my senior year. I became a teacher’s aid in his classes, his mentorship has left a lasting impact on my life. I wanted to be just like Mr. Mattoon, I worked hard to gain diverse experience in the automotive industry, and three years ago accomplished my career goal as a full time automotive instructor. I’m in a good place in my life thanks to my time working with, learning from and knowing Mr. Mattoon, and I’m very thankful for that. He was a very gifted person, who gave a lot to his students, many of my friends and several of my family members also took his classes and that helped them to follow a pathway for very successful career in various positions of a mechanical nature. As a senior in high school Mr. Mattoon lead a group of students to a state wide automotive competition, a class mate and myself placed 1st & 2nd which gave us the opportunity to compete in a nationwide competition in New York City. We placed 2nd out of the entire country in the competition! We earned scholarships, tools and the pride of being top automotive high school students in the USA. I will never forget the expression Mr. Mattoon had on his face, just a big smile! He was a well accomplished educator that changed the life’s of many students, he will not be forgotten.

Posted by:
Steven Guaschino

Posted on:
January 17, 2020

Graduating class of 01. I took Mr. Mattoon's Auto shop class all four years of high school. I loved his class and I did very well. He largely contributed to my success and confidence with cars and I wanted to reach out to him to let him know how much i appreciated him and that i am now a very successful auto body technician and have a wife and three kids with an awesome house and fulfilling my passion with turbocharged all wheel drive Mitsubishis. You will be missed Mr. Mattoon Thank you so much for being you. I hope I can teach my kids the way you taught me.

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Dominic Giusto

Posted on:
January 14, 2020

Mr. Mattoon was an amazing teacher. I was able to take his class, even though I attended Reynolds H.S. His mentoring skills were top notch and I recall his teachings regarding automotive and life skills, on a regular basis. Very sorry for the loss of a wonderful man.

Posted by:
Keith Warwick

Posted on:
January 13, 2020

I remember Dennis being a kind person. We were in the same Explorer Post (Older group within the Boy Scouts of America) during our high school years. I enjoyed the backpacking trips in the Sierras that we went on through the Explorer Post and sharing Dennis' appreciation of the wilderness. Keith Warwick

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Jim Leitner

Posted on:
January 13, 2020

A big influence in my life, he helped me from the 1980s until now. I wish I would of kept in contact with him. He helped me with my house, my wedding, my life choices, he was a true mentor. He made a huge impact on this world, He will be missed.

Posted by:
Dave Flood

Posted on:
January 12, 2020

Dennis had a huge influence on my life and those of my fellow students. He taught us about much more than auto mechanics. His class prepared us to succeed in life. Work ethic, patience, planning, attention to detail, follow through...he expected a lot of his students. Dennis was an amazing teacher and mentor. I consider myself incredibly lucky to have had the opportunity to be his student. I use the skills he taught me everyday of my life, both personally and professionally. I can never thank him enough for his help and friendship. Rest in peace Dennis. Dave Flood Columbia High School Class of 1982