Tim passed away peacefully on Jan. 11, 2015 after a long illness. He was born to Keith and Mary Ellen (Mann) Matson on Oct. 14, 1952 in Ontario, Oregon. Growing up in Selah, Washington he attended Selah public schools.
While living in the Yakima, Washington area Tim worked as a cook, chef, restaurant manager and briefly managed a small family orchard. In 1984 he relocated to Olympia, Washington and immersed himself in politics. He was a political consultant on many state and national campaigns and on the staff of the Republican Caucus. In 2001, he was elected Commissioner in the Woodinville Water District, an office he held for several years.
Tim loved the Grand Canyon and went there often to hike, float the river and explore. He also traveled to Kenya, China, Venezuela, the United Kingdom and Czechoslovakia. Tim enjoyed backpacking, fly fishing and outdoor/wildlife photography. He had a significant passion for cooking, much to the enjoyment of his family and friends.
Preceded in death by his parents, Tim is survived by his brothers Jon (Kathy) and Chris (Bernadette); sisters Lyn and Suzy; nieces Christina Morehead, Allison (Tristan) Parke, and Emily Matson; nephews Nick and Spencer Homer; as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. We will miss his intellect, humor and gift of storytelling. There are no services planned but the family suggests that a gift in Tim’s memory to Congregations for The Homeless in Bellevue, Washington would be well received.