It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Eric Michael Matilton, of Hoopa, CA. He passed away with his family by his side on December 2, 2023, at the age of 38.

Eric was born on March 21, 1985, to Clyde Jr. and Jeanine Matilton. Eric leaves behind his loving wife, Carrie “Shells” Ames, along with his three sons: Eric Jr., Kaydon and Cam Matilton, and step-daughter Lillian Neuroth.

Eric is also survived by his siblings: Billy (Naomi) Matilton; their children Jacob and Josie, Tara Matilton; her children Kiera and Jaylee; Quentin (Tescheanche) Matilton, their children Jett and Quinn; Jerrett Matilton, Christina Carpenter, her children Ryan & K’idiwisch’e; and Shirley Matilton.

Uncles and Aunts include Tis-mil (Shannon) Matilton, Ernie (Francene) Marshall, Bradley Marshall, Steve Matilton, Kevin Matilton, Tammie & Tommie Evenson, Sheryl and Teresa Matilton; his grandmother Erma Marshall; nieces and nephews Ryan Ames, Rianna, kionna and Jesse Bain; and Peyton Dean, along with numerous cousins and extended family and his fur baby Tek. Eric also leaves behind his long-time childhood friend Johnny Blake.

Eric is preceded in death by his grandparents Clyde Sr. and Lynette Matilton, Vernon “Snooks” Marshall, Nella Evans Johnson, and Elsie Smith.

Eric was a proud member of the Hoopa Valley Tribe, was born and raised on the beautiful Hoopa Reservation. He attended Hoopa Elementary and graduated from Hoopa Valley High School in 2003. Eric participated in youth & high school football and was very involved in the Hupa Language.

Eric was a devoted husband and father. His children were the center of his world. Eric’s light was always brighter when he was participating in activities with his sons. He truly enjoyed cutting wood, fishing, hunting, taking photographs and carving with his sons.

Eric was also a faithful San Francisco 49er fan. Whether it was in the heart of the Bay or surrounded by family and friends in his parents living room, Eric was always there rooting for his team. He, his father and brothers shared many memories that will forever last a lifetime.

Eric was most known for his kind and gentle nature. His smile warmed your heart and his character lit up a room. He was always doing kind gestures to make his family smile. His caring demeanor also showed in his love for animals, as he was always taking in stray dogs and cats.

Pallbearers include: Billy, Quentin, Jerrett, Ryan, Tis-mil, and Kyle Matilton, David Schnoor, Johnny Blake and Bronson Lewis. Honorary Pallbearers include: Eric Jr., Kaydon, Cam, Jacob, Steve, Kevin, Jett and Page Matilton.

Services will be held on Friday, December 8th at 1pm at Tish Tang Campground with a reception following at the Hoopa Fire Hall. In lieu of flowers, please donate to a local animal shelter or rescue mission or consider becoming an organ donor.


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