John "Jack" Goodspeed Matthews ’43, J.D. ’49 was 93 and passed away peacefully on Dec. 23, 2014.
Jack was born in Hollywood, California. He attended Loyola High School in Los Angeles where he was succeeded academically and athletically. He earned a scholarship to Santa Clara University and again distinguished himself there as an outstanding student and football player. He fell in love with Anna Jean Thomas. He and "Annie" both went on to enlist in the army. They were married in Texas in 1944 before they both went to the South Pacific to serve their country during the war. Following the war, Jack and Annie lived in the University’s Veterans’ Village as they began their family and he attended SCU Law School. Annie and Jack made their home first in Saratoga and then in Campbell, where they raised their six daughters. Jack practiced law in San Jose and was active in parish and church activities. He was a competitive golfer and enjoyed the game throughout his life. Jack and Annie also enjoyed the many years they shared with their beloved friends.
Jack is remembered for his passion for justice, humor, and his love of Annie and his girls. This same love animated his relationships with all the family. Jack was known for his sharp intellect and keen sense of humor. To his last days he retained a unique ability to play and win at blackjack, regardless of his health.
Jack is survived by his and Annie’s six daughters: Patricia Kaplan (David), Mary Souza (David), Cece Carr, Kathleen Matthews (Robin Baker), Jackie Matthews (Kurt Magnuson), and Peggie Robinson (Richard), who works in the Cowell Center Student Health Services. He is fondly remembered by his grandchildren: Shannon Lucas-Souza ’93, Joshua Souza, Erin Santana J.D. ’06, Drew Carr, Jodie Walberg, Josie Randles, Cory Randles, Jamie Robinson ’11, and Kerry Robinson and his great-grandchildren: Sierra and Makaia Souza, and Samantha Walberg, and all the family members.
Sympathy notes may be sent to:
c/o Peggie Robinson