Matthew Svetich

Born: Mon., Jan. 11, 1926
Died: Tue., Aug. 24, 2010

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Matthew Svetich – a resident of Walla Walla, Washington died on Tuesday, August 24, 2010 at St. Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla. He was 84 years old. Graveside Funeral Services will be conducted at 2:00 P.M.on Saturday, August 28, 2010 at Skyview Memorial Park in Pendleton. Contributions in memory of Matthew may be made to any Pendleton School Music Program, and may be sent care of Burns Mortuary of Pendleton, PO Box 489, Pendleton, OR 97801. Sign the online guest book at www.burnsmortuary.com Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is in charge of arrangements. Matthew's father came to the United States from Yugoslavia in 1910. Two years later his wife and two daughters came to join him in the U.S. The family made their home in Utah. Matthew was born on January 11, 1926 in Bingham Canyon, Utah. He attended Schools in La Grande, OR, where he graduated from High School. At the age of 18, Matthew enlisted into the United States Navy. He served his country in WWII, and was honorably discharged from duty in 1946. On March 10, 1950, he married Corinne Butler in Pendleton, Oregon. The couple had three children. They were happily married for 56 years. Mrs. Svetich passed away in 2006. Matthew had been a member of the Rod Essylton's Band for several years. He also played in the Drum and Bugle Corps and the Happy Canyon Band. He had been a member of the Pendleton Elks Lodge. He was employed by Gerard's Jeweler's for a time. He then went to work at the Pendleton Music House and then the Music Tree in Walla Walla. He retired from band instrument repair for various schools in Oregon and Washington in 2001. Matthew enjoyed being with his family, going on trips to the coast and the family cabin. He also enjoyed going on long drives and sightseeing. He is survived by his children: S. Kim Svetich of Ephrata, WA, Randy Svetich of Pendleton, OR and Lisa Svetich Hartman of Walla Walla, WA, 8 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Corinne Svetich, his parents Matthew and Matilda Svetich, and his siblings; Louis, Mary Ann, Ann, Steve, Tony, Matt and Dragasa. He was loved and cherished by all his family, and will be greatly missed.

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Dean & Marge BUSH
   Posted Fri August 27, 2010
"Matt" was a faithful founding member of the Pendleton Drum & Bugle corps '53-'66 when we established our friendship-an 'ace' Bugler-respected by all! A better man would be hard to find-he was a friend-for sure-we shall miss Matt very much-we only wish we could have restablished our relationship after leaving the area. Our condolences to his family-in God's hands now---

WALT & RIETA HILL
   Posted Sun August 29, 2010
MATT WAS BEST MAN AT OUR WEDDIDNG AND WALT & MATT WERE IN THE PENDLETON DRUM & BUGLE. OUR FAMILY AND THE SVETICHS WERE VERY CLOSE. OUR CHILDREN PLAYED TOGETHER WHILE WE LIVED IN PENDLETON. WE ARE THINKING OF ALL OF YOU AND WHAT WONDERFUL PEOPLE YOUR PARENTS WERE.

Forrest Hill
   Posted Wed August 17, 2011
Randy, Kim & Lisa. I just saw that your dad passed away last year. Sorry to hear that. I'll always remember your dad as one of those people who could play any instrument he picked up - seemingly without even trying. I know he wasn't crazy about my laugh when we were kids, but I really respected him. Kim, if you get this, please contact me. I'd love to catch up a bit. I also saw that your mom passed a couple years ago. Please accept my condolences for both. You are part of what makes my childhood memories special.

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