Martin Leonard Matiskainen passed away on Feb. 18, 2017, because of a heart attack. He was 67 years old.
He is survived by his wife Jill, daughter Nicole, sons Cory and Daniel, and his grandson William.
After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Montana State University, he moved to Keizer for job opportunities in nearby Salem. He held many jobs in architecture all throughout Salem, Keizer, and even Woodburn.
Through his work, he joined the local Keizer Rotary Club where he wrote the Rotary newsletter for the Keizer chapter for many years. He eventually retired from the Rotary program after he retired from writing the newsletter. He retired from his career in 2016 at the age of 65.
Matiskainen joined the Keizer Elks Lodge where he became an esquire, chaplain, and inner guard. He was also involved in the McNary High School Band Boosters while his children and grandson were in the program.
He ran for Keizer City Council in 2008. Aside from his immediate family, Matiskainen was influential in many other peoples’ lives.
Family came first with him and everything else was just a benefit of living. Whenever he was out and about and people asked how he was doing he would always respond, “I’m super fine, and yourself?” Then he would say, “Leastwise if I was having a bad day I would always be okie dokie.” He made people happy where ever he went, and will be missed by all.
A Celebration of Life will be held at the Keizer Elks Lodge on Sunday, March 5 at 2 p.m.