Obituries for Sunday — January 22, 2006

• Lawrence W. Mata


Lawrence W. Mata

Lawrence “Larry” William Mata died at his home in Waimea, on Jan. 18, 2006, at the age of 49.

Born May 8, 1956, in San Francisco, Calif., he was employed by the County of Kaua’i. A former ‘opelu fisherman in Kona and an avid surfer, he loved the ocean. As Pop Warner “Coach Larry” he used his keen wit and common sense to inspire the Westside youth.

He is survived by his wife, Davelynn “Chickie” Mata; two daughters, Kiinani (Kaeo) Mata and Kanani Mata; two sons, Larry (Bianca) Mata and Nalu Mata, and granddaughter Jaesha, all of Waimea; parents, Larry and Bucky Mata of Kekaha, brother, Robert Mata; and sisters, Sharlene Mata and Marianne Mata, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, Jan. 28, at the Hauoli Mauloa Pavilion (near Mata’s residence) at 9800 Uuku Road in Waimea Valley at 1 p.m. with services beginning at 2 p.m. Surfer attire is suggested.

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