Mattson, George A., age 94 died peacefully surrounded by his loving family on
Memorial Day, 2023.
Survived by his wife of 71 years, Patricia, children David (Terri)
Mattson, Suzan (Nyle) Morris, Sandra Ryan, and Becky (Mark) Forsberg; grandchildren
Meghan (Jeff) Mistrick, Christopher Mattson, Leighann Mattson, Jessica Morris, Kali
(Austin) Kingsolver, Danielle (Kevin) Riechers, Kelly (Matt) Allman, Tom (Lindsey) Ryan,
Jack (Aly) Ryan, Tony Napoli, Cassie Napoli, 8 great grandchildren and 3 more on the
way. He is also survived by his sister, Shirley (Dick) Heppler, 2 sisters-in-law, and many
nieces and nephews.
George was born in Hibbing, MN on June 1, 1928, and moved to Opportunity, MT at
one month old. He earned his mining engineering degree from the Montana School of
Mines in Butte, MT. In Butte, he met the love of his life, Patricia Shaffer, and they were
married May 4, 1952. Within a year of marriage, he and Pat moved back to his
birthplace, Hibbing, MN, where he raised his family, and excelled in his work as head
mining engineer for M.A. Hanna Mining Company. He was integral in the design and
layout of the Hull-Rust Mahoning Mine, the “Man-Made Grand Canyon of the North,”
among others worldwide as a consultant.
George was a hard-working, soft-spoken, gentle man, with a keen sense of humor that
made his kids and grandkids laugh almost as much as getting “pinned” by him while
wrestling. His lap was their cozy, safe haven. He was a fitness fanatic enjoying his
speed bag, bicycling, basketball, curling, tennis and golf. George was renowned at the
local fitness center for the intensity of his workouts. He frequently rode his bike on the
rail trail from Hibbing to Chisholm. Having led by example, his grandkids have
expressed how he taught them what it means to be a man. Family travel was important
to George, visiting relatives around the country, and then later world-wide with Pat.
George is preceded in death by his parents, Alexander and Viena Mattson, and his
sister, Myrtle Waters.
His family would like to thank St. Croix Hospice, Visiting Angels, and Shorewood
Landing for helping them navigate his last days in a way that dignified and honored his
A celebration of life will be planned soon. Donations can be made to the memorial of
Huber Funeral Home 952-474-9595