Barbara Mattson — who had been an active member of the Santa Monica-Windjammers Yacht Club — passed away in Fairfield, California Thursday, January 6th.

She was 64 years old.

“She was a project engineering manager, well respected and loved by those who worked with her at Leap Frog, Mattel, and Applause,” said Cindy Sanchez Mattson, a daughter-in-law. “She spent a great deal of time with her job in Hong Kong over the past few years, a city she loved dearly, and touched many people’s lives there as well.”

“She had a passion for life, world traveling, sailing, and most of all, her grandchildren,” she recounts.

Barbara Mattson was actively involved as a member of the Santa Monica-Windjammers Yacht Club before moving to Northern California five years ago.

She is survived by a daughter, Kimberly Mattson Casey; son, Paul Mattson; grandchildren, Griffin and Gabriel Mattson Casey and Christina and Melani Mattson; a son-in-law, Roy Casey, daughter-in-law, Cindy Sanchez Mattson; sisters, Sue, Kathy, and Edie May; and brothers, Roger and Dennis.

Private services will be held in Marina del Rey.

Mattson’s body will be cremated and her ashes spread at sea.

A celebration of her life is planned from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, January 15th, at the Santa Monica-Windjammers Yacht Club, 13589 Mindanao Way in Marina del Rey.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made in Barbara Mattson’s name to Ocean Park Community Center in Santa Monica, (310) 264-6646, or Family Violence Prevention Fund in San Francisco, (415) 252-8900.

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