Chris David Matlock, 59, of Roseburg, Ore., passed away Sunday, July 22, 2012, at Rogue Valley Medical Center. He was born December 2, 1952 in Colville, Wash. to Russell Lee and Elizabeth Ann (Connley) Matlock.
In 2007 he married his longtime companioin Linda Lee Burns who survives. Chris was an Oregon State Trooper for 29 years, retiring in 2003. His OSP career included being Range Master, was on the Entry Team for home searches, was a marksman for the Governors protection team, and was instrumental in establishing the local commercial-vehicle inspection program. He was know as Pooh Bear by the other troopers for not only his size but also his kind demeanor.
Chris enjoyed fishing, hunting, shooting, gun collecting, his ranch, landscape design, and sharing his garden with his grandchildren. He enjoyed raising horses and learned about them from Linda. He was especially proud of the barn he built to fulfill Linda's lifelong dream of having a big barn for her horses.
Survivors include wife, Linda Matlock; father, Russell Matlock of Roseburg, Ore., children, Joseph "Joey" R. Matlock, Sharee D. Burns and Amber Lee Lologo of Medford, Ore.; sister, Carla McClure of Roseburg, Ore.; brother Steve Matlock of Salem, Ore.; grandchildren, Haylei, Michael, Soncere, Stephen, Gabriella, Brieanna, Jordawn, Marcus, and Alexander.
Chris was preceded in death by his mother, Betty Matlock, and daughter, Angela K. Burns. Memorial services will be at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, August 11, 2012, at the New Life Christian Center, 1728 NE Vine St., Roseburg, Ore., with a reception to follow.
Visitation in Medford, Ore., will be Friday, July 27, 2012, from 3:00-7:00 p.m. at Hillcrest Memorial Chapel, 2201 N. Phoenix Rd., Medford, Ore.
In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to the Oregon State Police Foundation, PO Box 2074, Salem, Ore., 97308. Hillcrest Memorial Park & Mortuary in care of arrangements. www.hillcrestmortuary.com