Anthony Daniel Matocha, 82, of Jourdanton died on Feb. 7, 2020, at The Heights of Atascosalong-term home care in Pleasanton.
Visitation is scheduled tomorrow from 5-7 p.m. and a rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. at Hurley’s Funeral Home in Pleasanton.
There will be a celebration of life service Saturday at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Jourdanton.
Matocha, affectionately known as “Coach” to friends and family, was born in Poteet on Jan. 7, 1938, to Agnes (Parma) and Gus Matocha.
The family said Matocha loved God and had an earthly love for all sports, especially baseball.
He graduated from Jourdanton High School, St. Mary’s University and earned master’s degrees from Sul Ross State University and Texas A&I University.
He had an extensive coaching career at Uvalde, La Salle, South San, Pleasanton, Churchill, Jourdanton and Brock.
Highlights of his coaching career include leading La Salle and Uvalde teams to state championships; being named Coach of the Year; and being inducted into St. Mary’s Athletic Hall of Fame, Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association’s Hall of Fame and Pleasanton’s Athletic Hall of Fame.
Matocha is survived by his wife, Martha, of Jourdanton; daughter, Amanda Matocha Hardy and husband, Steven, of Pleasanton; son, Todd Daniel Matocha and wife, Kathyryn, of Columbus, Missouri; seven grandchildren, Kyler and Loryn Hardy and Stephen, Evan, Jacob, Meghan and Callum Matocha; two sisters, Anna Rose Matocha Wyatt and husband, Bob, and Annette Marie Matocha Fields and husband, Nolan; sister-in-law, Barbara Kay Scott Matocha; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Gene Matocha.
The family donated his body to University of Texas Medical School for further research of Parkinson’s disease.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Jourdanton Education Foundation, 200 Zanderson Ave, Jourdanton, TX 78026.
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