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The Matz Family Has Deep Roots in the Poway Community

The Matz family has been a fixture in Poway since 1960. Rudy Sr.’s first visit to San Diego was in 1942 during World War II. When the war ended, he decided to stay in the Navy and was stationed on an aircraft carrier whose homeport was San Diego. “A friend and I often discussed what we were going to do when we retired from the Navy. We wanted to work in a lumber company and decided that Poway would be a great place to buy land. It seemed to be in the path of progress and expansion,” explained Rudy Sr. He and Orvil Demoulin bought 30 acres from Schnider’s Dairy (where the library currently stands) in 1955 and opened Poway Lumber and Hardware Supply in 1957. When Rudy Sr. retired from the Navy in 1960, the family moved to Poway and has been making a difference in the community ever since. In fact, Rudy Sr. founded the Lions Club in Poway and started the Poway Rodeo as a fundraiser for the group.

ZG-6541-2Rudy Sr. and his wife, Maxine, who has since passed away, met through friends in Newark, OH, and had four children together, Carolyn, Lindsey, Rudy Jr. and Eric. Carolyn (Robertson) and her husband, Tom, have two sons, Rudy Jr. has three children and two grandchildren, and Eric has three daughters. The family lives within a 20 mile radius and gather together often for barbeques, birthdays and holidays. “We also love to go to Titan football games to watch Eric’s oldest daughter, Ashley, who is ‘the flyer’ on the varsity cheer squad,” revealed Lindsey. All of Rudy Sr.’s children and grandchildren have gone through or are currently going through the Poway education system. Lindsey, who is the president of the Poway High Alumni Association, is designing a museum on the high school campus that will feature pictures and memorabilia from 1961 through the present.SCAN0258

It is safe to say that Rudy Sr.’s entrepreneurial influence is present within each of his children – all are self-employed. The four Matz children also share another passion with their father: gardening. According to Lindsey, they all take pride in growing exotic and unusual plants, trees, vegetables and fruit. “Dad has an orchard where he grows almonds, macadamia nuts, grapefruit, peaches, plums and pears,” said Lindsey. This pastime seems appropriate for a family that has helped the community of Poway grow for over 50 years.


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Parents: Maxine Wilson (deceased) and Rudolph (Rudy) Matz

Community: Poway since August, 1960

Parent’s Hometown: Maxine – Newark, OH; Rudy – Utica, OH

Parent’s Occupation: Rudy Sr. was a Navy pilot and started two businesses: Poway Lumber & Hardware in 1958, and Padre Transit, around 1984. He has owned the bowling alley, Colonial House Restaurant and several strip malls. All of the kids are self-employed, Carolyn as a tour director, Lindsey as owner of Vocational Consulting Resources, Rudy Jr. as owner of RMJ Concrete and Eric as a realtor.

Family: Carolyn (67), Lindsey (64), Rudy Jr., (62) and Eric (48)

Eric’s Children: Ashley (17), Kaeley (15), Carley (12) All went through the Poway education system

Pets: Sunny – Lindsey’s lab-greyhound mix; PePe – Eric’s dog


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