From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Dean Matzko '66

Date of birth: December 19, 1943

Date of death: March 14, 1979

Age: 35

Lucky Bag

From the 1966 Lucky Bag:


Dean running in the Honolulu Marathon, December 1978, a few months before his death

From Washington Post:

Maj. Dean H. Matzko, 35, a Marine Corps aviator and a former resident of Springfield, Va., was killed March 14 [1979] when his jet fighter-bomber disintegrated in the air and crashed into the sea off Hawaii.

A Marine Corps announcement said the accident occurred immediately after Maj. Matzko had taken off from the Marine air station at Kaneohe Bay for a training flight. The body was not recovered.

Maj. Matzko was born in Philadelphia. His father is retired Army Lt. Col. Michael A. Matzko and the family lived at various military posts in the United States, Germany and Japan.

In 1962, the Matzkoa made their home in Springfield. The future Marine major entered the Naval Academy that year and graduated in 1966. He was commissioned in the Marine Corps and later became a pilot.

His assignments included combat in Vietnam and the Naval Postgraduate School at Monterey, Calif., where he earned a master's degree in financial management in 1976.

Survivors include his wife, Arlene, and two children, Jay and Deanna, all of the home in Kailua, Hawaii; a brother, Michael, of Flagstaff, Ariz., and his parents, Lt. Col. and Mrs. Matzko, of Springfield.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Dean H. Matzko Memorial Fund, c/o St. Marks Lutheran Church, 5800 Backlick Rd., Springfield, 22150.


From A-4 Skyhawk:

Maj. Dean H. Matzko was killed when his engine failed on takeoff from Kaneohe. H&MS-24 TA-4F BuNo 154643.

The bird was down for a tail pipe clamp and everyone was getting anxious because it was down a long time. I worked NORS (Non-Operational Ready Supply) for MAG-24 Group Supply at the time and found several. Four came in the same day. I carried one of the four to the maintenance folks who installed it immediately. The bird went up and came around for a touch and go on the flight line. As he climbed from the touch the bird split in two and crashed into the ocean, not the bay. The investigation placed the burden upon the tail pipe clamp. Spenser Sikder

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Class of 1966

Dean is one of 36 members of the Class of 1966 on Virtual Memorial Hall.