A memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m., Monday, Dec. 6, 2010, at the Salvation Army Church on 612 W. College Blvd. for Capt. Daniel John Matta, a good and faithful servant who was promoted to glory Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010. Capt. Beau Perez of Salvation Army Church will officiate. Daniel was born May 24, 1951, to Manuel L. and Trine Matta in Roswell, N.M.
He is survived by his wife, Linda Matta; his son, Ruben James NiÃ±o; his daughter, Trisha Stafford; his brothers, Armando Matta, Manuel Matta, Ruben Matta and Joe Marquez; his sisters, Alicia Velasco and Sally Florez; and his grandchildren, Naomi Estelle NiÃ±o, Aurora Rose NiÃ±o, Titus Michael Ivan James NiÃ±o, Koa Gabriel Malachi James NiÃ±o and Nikkilecia Lelani Savannah Janee NiÃ±o, Jazelle Muller.
Daniel is preceded in death by his brother, Robert Matta, and his sisters, Nico Rodriguez, Emma Martinez and Irene Aguilar. He was a member of Kiwanis, founding member of RAGE, United Way, Salvation Army Organization, Menâ€™s Outreach and Prison Ministry. Daniel was a business owner in electronic services, graphic design, as a radio personality, musician and an architectural designer. Danny, known as â€œ The Professorâ€ by his friends, loved music. His music collection was huge. He was a â€œtrekkieâ€ and he liked Sci- Fi and collected Star Trek items and liked Bugs Bunny. Daniel enjoyed watching NCIS and taking his wife and grandchildren for rides on his scooter.
He had a heart of gold, and although he was quiet, he had a good sense of humor. Daniel became a pastor after he received Jesus as his Lord and Savior. He was a walking encyclopedia. We will miss him sorely, but weâ€™ll see him soon. Reception will follow the services at the Salvation Army Church. Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory.
An online obituary can be accessed at www.ballardfuneralhome.com.