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Julius Lee "J. L." Matli
Nov 4, 1927 - Dec 28, 2010

Posted by Jo Aguirre

Paper: Enid News and Eagle (OK)
Deceased: Julius Lee Matli Published 12-31-10
Date: December 30, 2010

WATONGA — Julius Lee Matli, loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, passed away peacefully at his Watonga home of 60 years on Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2010, at the age of 83.

J.L. was born in Watonga, Okla., Nov. 4, 1927, as the first child to Mabel Schteiner Matli and Julius Caesar Matli.

He was an Eagle Scout at age 14, graduated from Watonga high school, where he served as senior class president and FFA president. He attended Oklahoma A&M (OSU), where he was a member of Farm House Fraternity.

He enlisted in the U.S. Army Sept. 4, 1946, and served as a corporal in the Pacific Theater during WWII. He was part of the military police stationed at Hiroshima and Nagasaki (occupied) Japan.

After being honorably discharged, he returned home and married Doris Jantzen, Hitchcock, Okla., on Aug. 21, 1949. They made their home in Watonga and started a business and a family.

J.L. and his business partner Cal Pierce began Savmore Oil Co. in 1949. He continued to be active in farming with his father before transitioning to the farming/ranching endeavor full time. He was a 35-year member of Soil Conservation Service, where he served as director.

J.L. was voted the 1985 Farmer-Rancher Family of the Year and inducted in the 2005 Blaine County Hall of Fame. Julius was instrumental in pioneering low till farming practices. He was an active member and held offices at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church. He served on the Watonga School Board for 15 years.

J.L. and his family traveled the country riding and showing POA horses. He served as president of the OK POA chapter during this time.

Julius was preceded in death by his father, Julius Caesar (Jude); mother, Mable Schreiner Matli; sister, Mary Anne Matli; son, Dr. Mark Julius Matli; daughter-in-law, Marilyn; and two grandsons, Marcus Adam and Trevor Ryan Matli.

He is survived by his wife, Doris Jantzen Matli; daughter, Dr. Andrea Matli Scoville and husband Delmar of Watonga; sons, Micah Lee Matli and wife Paula of Edmond and Dr. Monte Jantzen Matli and wife Kelly of Enid; and sister, Bonnie Matli Cox and husband Richard of Watonga. His grandchildren include Jennifer Matli Wright and husband Matt of Piedmont, Caleb Matli Scoville, Seth Andrew Scoville, Jantzen Martin Matli, Madison Julius Matli, Mark Caesar Matli, Jordan Berlyn Matli, Hayden Caitlin Matli and Andrew Micah Matli. Also two great-grandchildren, Olivia and Jake Wright.

"Your weary hours, days of pain and sleepless nights are over; your ever patient worn out frame, has found sweet rest at last. With tearful eyes your family watched you pass away. God gently closed your loving eyes and whispered 'Peace be thine'."

We love you and respect your courage to the end.

Service will be 11 a.m. today, Dec. 31, 2010, at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church,  Watonga, Okla., under the direction of Stanton A. Rice Funeral Home, Watonga, with Rev. David Kaiser officiating.

Memorials may be made to Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, 621 N. Leach, Watonga, OK. 73772.

(Submitted by family)

Section: Death Notices

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