John Matousek

November 10, 1949 ~ May 27, 2021 (age 71)


On Thursday, May 27 at 3:48pm John Franklin Matousek Jr. died in his home in Centennial, Colorado.  At the end he was surrounded by family.

John was born in Glendale, California on November 10, 1949 to John Franklin Matousek Sr. and Jane Cummings Matousek.  He grew up in California, Massachusetts, and Colorado.  

John attended the University of Utah. He did not receive a degree, but he excelled in his chosen major — skiing. From Utah, John moved to Los Angeles. Since his childhood in Tarzana, he never fell out of love with California. 

John became a Mastering Engineer with Motown Records in West Hollywood where he accrued accolades and gold records.  When Berry Gordy Jr. sold his Motown interests, in 1992 John opened his own studio, Masterworks Digital Audio.   

John and Kate Brown-Matousek were married November 25, 1985.  John is survived by Kate and their only daughter Abby, who was born December 15, 1989.  They lived in Glendale and La Canada, California until moving to Colorado in 2001. He drove his daughter to school and to swim practice every day. 

John was a cyclist, a fan of the Tour de France, devotee of Paul Krugman and the New York Times, and a consummate problem solver who taught himself many things, including how to build and repair computers. His lap was a magnet for many cats over the years.

In addition to Kate and Abby, John will be missed by his father John Sr., his sister Nancy Bigelow, his brother David Matousek, and their loving families.  

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John was a supporter of Kids in Need of Desks (KIND). Monetary remembrances can be made in his name. 

Thank you to John’s medical team of amazing physicians: Dr. Timothy Poate, Dr. Jay Schneiders,
Dr. Randall Buzan, Dr. Kirsten Ancker Bracht, Dr. Katherine Coerver.  

Thank you to Porter Hospice.



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