Bobby Matocha, 80, of Dayton, Texas, passed away at his home surrounded by his family on Thursday, Aug. 31, after a courageous fight against cancer.
Bobby was born June 3, 1937 in Gonzales, Texas where he was raised with his many aunts, uncles, and cousins. He attended Gonzales High School where he excelled in football, baseball and track. He attended the University of Texas at Austin on a football scholarship, playing for the legendary Darrell Royal. He remained a Longhorn fan his entire life.
After careers in the chemical industry, oil and gas industry and the jewelry business, Bobby retired to Gonzales to care for his parents. Not one to be idle, he founded the 5 Mile Dulcimer company and eventually expanded to include leather goods which were later relocated to Dayton, Texas.
Bobby was preceded in death by his parents, Mabel and August Matocha, and survived by his wife, Beverly Matocha, brother, A.N. Matocha (Barbara), sons, Gregg Matocha, Darrell Matocha (Elise), daughter, Dee Ann Matocha, step-children, Chris Taylor (Brenda), Sherry Henry, 14 grandchildren, 28 great grandchildren and 6 great-great grandchildren.
Donations can be made in Bobby’s name to the American Red Cross for Hurricane Harvey Relief or the American Cancer Society.