William C. Mattson – a.k.a: “Mr. Bill,” “Grumpa Bill,” and “Carpenter Exceptional” – died peacefully in his home on Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021. He was blessed to live his final moments in the arms of his long-time love and fiancé, Julie Haugen. He was 73 years old.
Born in Mora, to Carl and Audrey Mattson, he graduated from Mora High School in 1965 and attended vocational school in Pine City. He was united in marriage to Theresa Cox, of Pine City, in 1967. They were blessed with two daughters.
While trained as a mechanic, he found his passion lied in woodworking. He eventually started his own shop and took great pride in his incredible work. Best known for his extraordinary cabinetry work, he also crafted beautiful classic and unique furniture, did remodeling work, general contracted residential construction and knew his way around most of the trades. He was generous with his time and tools, teaching his craft to many, including two of his sons-in-law.
An amicable person, his compassion and kindness ran deep. He gave work to many in need of money; he opened his home to those in need of a bed; he drove his tool truck 100s of miles for those in need of help or repair.
A man of few words, he chose instead to listen and be present. Consequently, he recalled the names and stories of all he met, and is remembered as a good, kind-hearted man.
He enjoyed golf, complaining, sweet treats, pig roasts and TV. His chocolate-chip cookies were world class.
For those who knew him, have a Nut Goodie, holler at the Minnesota Vikings, hit the links, help someone in need and talk less and listen more. That is how he would want to be honored and remembered.
He will be missed by those he left behind, fiancé, Julie Haugen; daughters, Beth Mitchell, Deborah (Christopher) Thell, Jennifer (Ryan) Haferbecker and Jessica (Jon) Ferris; grandchildren, Steffan (Kara) and Alec (Denyele) Hannah; Nolan and Jonah Thell, Grady and Kaden Haferbecker and Ellie Ferris; great-granddaughter, Luna Hannah; sister, Jean McConnell; brothers, Bob Mattson, David (Alisha) Mattson and James Mattson; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and colleagues.
We will have a small family gathering for him on Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021, with a bigger celebration of his life this summer.