Tim’s love for life was visible in everything he did. He had a knack for making people smile, laugh, and feel loved, and he had a gift for connecting with others. He could make you burst into laughter after wallowing in a puddle of tears or pull you out of boredom with one of his signature goofy faces. No one who knew him would describe him as a sad person, and his sense of humor kept him looking ten years younger.
Tim was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, by Sharon and John Paul Mattson. He was the only boy of four sisters, and they did not let him forget it. He spent his childhood playing sports in school, breaking every bone in his body, and giving his mom the joys, and sometimes headaches, of having a son. His family’s love for him will never fade.
His children, Tawni and Alix, were born into his first marriage, and he was later married to Linda Burns in August of 1997. Linda had a son of her own, Taylor, and Tim adopted him 2 years later, making the family officially complete.
Tim raised his boys around baseball and football, coaching their teams while Linda and Tawni cheered from the sidelines. Family was Tim’s priority, and he had a fierce love for his wife and kids, wanting to be with them more than anything else. His favorite ways to spend time with them were on a beach in Mexico sipping icebergs in his cowboy hat, at the dunes ripping around in the razor, or sitting at home on a Sunday watching NASCAR.
Many weekends Tim could be found waking up in the early hours of the morning on a Thursday to drive four hours to St. Anthony, Idaho where he would spend the weekend in the dirt with family and friends. He was always the first to arrive. He worked quickly to get his spot set up, put paddles on the razor, then sit in his camp chair blasting 80’s rock while he waited for everyone else to arrive.
Summer was his favorite season and he loved both working in the yard and enjoying it. He spent hours getting the yard dialed down so he could sit and appreciate it. He always questioned why the neighbors worked so hard in their yards and never spent time in them. Sunday mornings, he had his swimsuit on first thing and would shout to the family, “I’ll be by the pool if anyone wants to hang out.”
Life will lose some spunk without Tim’s light. He would want everyone to continue to do the things he loved and let his legacy, sense of humor, and influence continue through all of us.
Tim is survived by his wife Linda, daughter Tawni, and son Alix, as well as his mother, Sharon Mattson, and his four sisters; Jody (Lon) Hendershot, Cindy (Randy) Hermansen, Patrice (Mick) Quigley, and Holley Mattson. He is preceded in death by his son, Taylor Mattson, and his father, John Paul Mattson.   
His celebration of life will be held
Saturday, November 20th from 1-4 at
Stonebridge Golf Club
4415 W Links Dr
West Valley, UT 84120