“Atherton Treasure” Louis Matas passes away at 105

by Linda Hubbard on April 5, 2019

We received word that 105-year old “Atherton Treasure” Louis Matas, passed away at his home in Atherton on April 3. Wrote his neighbor and good friend Doug Anderson: “His friendly attitude and smile will always be remembered by all who knew him.”

As has been the tradition, Lou celebrated turning 105 in January at Harry’s Hofbrau surrounded by long time friends and family. A representative of the Carpenters Union #217  was there to congratulate him as was Atherton Mayor Bill Widmer.

At his 103rd birthday celebration, Doug provided us with some highlights from his life:

  • He moved to the peninsula 75 years ago and has lived on Maple Avenue in Atherton for 46 years.
  • He lives alone and takes care of his garden and the numerous fruit trees on his property.
  • In October, his drivers license was renewed until he is 107.
  • He owns a 1929 Model ‘A’ and is a member of two car clubs.
  • He marches in the Los Trancos Woods Community Marching Band.
  • He is a member of the Golden Tones, a performing chorus in San Mateo.
  • He is the oldest and the ‘longest’ member of the Carpenter’s Union, Local 217 of San Mateo County.
  • On his 93rd birthday, the Atherton Mayor proclaimed him the “Mayor of Atherton Avenue.”

InMenlo contributing photographer Robb Most captured Lou receiving a kiss from his granddaughter Patricia in 2017.

A celebration of Lou’s life is being planned for June.

Photo by Robb Most (c) 2017


Laurie Johnson April 10, 2019 at 3:22 pm

Lou was such a precious man to me.
I have always enjoyed his company at Banjos. He always sat at the same chair. That was Lou’s chair.
What a smart man he was. So active.
I feel very honored that for the past five years I was able to help put on his birthday parties at Harry’s. This past Jan. we celebrated his 105th party with so many of his family and friends there. What an evening that was. I would like the family to please keep all the photo albums I made from Lou’s past birthday parties. He loved those picture albums.
Lou, may you Rest In Peace. Till I see you in the next life.
I will always be looking for you at Harry’s.

Deb Gallegos June 23, 2019 at 5:00 pm

Sorry I won’t be able to play that day. I loved Lou
And admired his lust for life. True inspiration.
Delightful Debbie

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