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Gerald W. Matt
A memorial and Celebration of Life will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Saron Lutheran Church, 1742 North Street, Escalon, for Gerald W. Matt, 63, of Escalon. He died Dec. 31, 2008.

A luncheon will be held afterward at the Activity Center of the Trinity Church Assembly of God, 1906 California Street, Escalon.

Born Jan. 17, 1945, Mr. Matt was born in Escalon to Casey and Opal Matt. He graduated from Escalon High School in 1962. His criminal justice studies at Modesto Junior College was interrupted when in August 1963, he joined the Army. He returned to his studies at MJC completing his Associates of Arts degree in Administration of Justice. In 1969, Jerry began his law enforcement career as a Stanislaus County reserve deputy sheriff. He was hired in 1970 as a Ceres police officer, but returned to the Sheriff's Office as a full time deputy in 1971.

When the Stanislaus County Drug Enforcement Agency was formed in 1975, Gerald joined the team. In 1982, he began work with drug sniffing canines and later branched into a partnership establishing Kontraband Interdiction and Detection Services, Inc. a community based drug consultant business offering education to schools and businesses. Mr. Matt was a founding member and past president of the California Narcotics Canine Association. He retired in 2000. He enjoyed fishing and fought to sustain the fisheries through his work with Kokanee Power, California Striped Bass Association, and Trouts Unlimited. He served as a church council member of Saron Lutheran Church with the same intensity and zeal.

He leaves behind his wife Jenlane Gee Matt of Escalon; two children, Tim Matt and Cassie Micheletti; his mother, Opal Matt; two sisters, Claudia Matukitis and Debbie Herrera; his brother, Greg Matukitis; and a grandson.

Remembrances to a favorite charity or to Stained Glass Window Project, Saron Lutheran Church, 1742 North St., Escalon, CA 95320; or to Community Hospice, Salvation Army, Modesto Gospel Mission, Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Trout Unlimited, or the American Cancer Society.

-Ceres (Calif.) Courier /Jan. 14, 2009