Anthony Daniel Matocha (affectionally known as Coach to friends and family) passed into glory on Friday, February 7, 2020, at The Heights LongTerm Care Home in Pleasanton, at the age of 82. Born to Gus and Agnes Matocha on January 7, 1938, Danny loved his Lord and Savior and had an earthly love for all sports, especially baseball.
He graduated from Jourdanton High School, St. Mary’s University and later earned a Masters degrees from Sul Ross State University and Texas A&I University. He had an extensive coaching career at La Salle, South San, Pleasanton, Churchill, Uvalde, Jourdanton and Brock. Highlights of his coaching career include leading La Salle and Uvalde teams to state championships, Coach of the Year, induction into St. Mary’s Athletic Hall of Fame, Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association’s Hall of Fame and Pleasanton’s Athletic Hall of Fame.
Danny is survived by his wife, Martha; his daughter, Amanda Matocha Hardy and husband Steven; and his son, Todd Daniel Matocha and wife Kathyryn. His grandchildren are Kyler and Loryn Hardy and Stephen, Evan, Jacob, Meghan and Callum Matocha. Danny’s parents and brother, Gene preceded him in death. He is also survived by his sisters, Anna Rose Matocha Wyatt (Bob) and Annette Marie Matocha Fields (Nolan); and sister-in-law, Barbara Kay Scott Matocha; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Services are scheduled at Hurley’s Funeral Home in Pleasanton on Friday evening, February 14 with family visitation from 5-7 p.m. and rosary at 7 p.m. A celebration of his life will be Saturday, February 15, at the First Baptist Church in Jourdanton at 11 a.m. The family has graciously donated his body to University of Texas Medical School for further research in Parkinson’s Disease.
In lieu of flowers, you may make a donation to Jourdanton Education Foundation, 200 Zanderson, Jourdanton, TX 78026.