Marcus Aureolius Maattala


May 2, 2019

Marcus Aureolius Maattala, 77, passed away March 21, 2019, at the Laurels of Hendersonville, with wife, Cheryl Maattala, at his side.

He was born Dec. 27, 1941, in McIntosh, Minn. to Leo Augustus Maattala and Lillian Margaret Haugen Fronden.

He was an eight-year resident of Pisgah Forest. During his lifetime he also lived in Japan, California, Texas, Alaska and Hawaii.

He graduated from the University of Alaska, in Anchorage with a Bachelors of Fine Arts. He proudly served in the United States Air Force. During both his military and civilian life, he worked in the mental health field.

He was a creative soul. He enjoyed pottery, sculpting, and woodcarving and was a multi-media artist. He was a traveler, cook, nature lover and historian. He particularly loved train travel and was a member of the Sons of Norway.

His father, Leo, and mother, Lillian, precede him in death.

He is survived by his wife of 15 years, Cheryl Ann Maattala nee Solheim; son, Thomas Anthony Maattala, of Anchorage; step-daughters, Dr. Shanon Sidell, of Waikoloa, Hawaii and Tiffany Kurstin Haynes, of Hollywood, Calif .; half-brothers, Jim Fronden (Sandra), Jeff Fronden (Karen) and Jon Fronden, all of Duluth, Minn., and Enson Maattala, of Dilsworth, Minn .; step-grandsons, Alex Wynne, of Wasilla, Alaska and James Haynes, of Hollywood, Calif .; step-granddaughter, Natasha Haynes, also of Hollywood; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.

A service was held April 4, 2019 at 2 p.m. at his home with the VA Honor Guard and flag folding ceremony. The VA Chaplain and Dr. Shanon Sidell presided.

In lieu of flowers, direct donations to the following group that supports outdoor adventures for wounded warriors: Outdoor Buddies Inc/Warriors on Cataract, 555 Highlands Road, Westcliffe, CO 81252-8686.

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