G. Albin Matson, age 91, died March 23, 1991 in Bennion, Utah.
He was born June 24, 1899 in Burton (Rexburg), Idaho to John Edward and Matilda Kjelin Matson. Married Vadna Cude October 10, 1924 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple.Albin was Patriarch in the LDS Church. Served as a sealer in the Salt Lake and Jordan River temples. he was first counselor in 4 mission presidencies in the North Central States.
He taught at the U. of U. Medical School, was Director of Blood Banks for the LDS Hospital system, Director of Minnesota War Memorial Blood Banks and its affiliates, was the first president of the American Association of Blood Banks and served on its Board of Directors.
Vetern of 2 world wars, and obtained the rank of Colonel in the U.S. Army.
First recipient of the "Distinguished Alumnus Award" at Ricks College. Recipient of the "John Elliott Award." Belonged to numerous honorary science and scholastic societies. Published numerous scientific papers.
Survived by his wife, Vadna; one son and two daughters, Mrs. Lee (Athalee) Nielsen; Mrs. Richard W. (Lavon) Christensen; G. Albin Matson, Jr.; and wife Bonnie, all of Salt Lake City; 13 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; brother, Milton Matson, Salt Lake City.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, 12 noon, at the Taylorsville Utah Stake Center, 1399 West 4800 South. Friends may call Tuesday, 5-7 p.m. at the McDougal Golden Rule Funeral Home, 4330 South Redwood Road, and at the church Wednesday, 10:45 to 11:45 a.m. Interment, Redwood Memorial Estates.
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