A real cowboy was laid to rest today and honored by both his Brothers from Waco Masonic Lodge as well as his fellow riders with the Tejas Vaqueros.
Johnny Van Matre was born in the midst of World War II to Clovis and Mamie Van Matre. From a young age, he developed a love for ranching and an appreciation for the merits of hard work. While careers in electricity and oil sales filled much of his time, his passion for horses and the old school life of a vaquero always called to his heart. He and his wife Cathy were married just barely shy of 50 full and happy years. They made their longterm home at Moonlight Acres in Robinson.
Many people knew him as “Uncle Johnny” and on top of his many other callings, Brother Van Matre also committed himself to supporting positive efforts at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo where he was on the “Horspitality Committee” for nearly two decades. As a Mason, he was an avid pupil with a lot of fervency for the questions and answers of the Craft. As a man, he touched the lives of countless people in countless ways.
Though he has now taken that final ride the big ranch in the sky, rest assured that Johnny Van Matre’s spirit is alive and well in the hearts and minds of the men at Waco Lodge.