Rich Mattern survived pancreatic cancer for 22 months because of the loving care and cutting-edge treatments offered by the Von Hoff team of TGen Clinical Services. A man who loved life and embraced every day exuberantly, his heroic battle ended Oct. 23 at his home in Scottsdale, AZ.

The Pancreatic Cancer team at TGen gave Rich the opportunity to play golf, bird hunt, attend Oregon Ducks games and enjoy his devoted family and friends all while fighting a debilitating and painful disease. An unwavering optimist, he believed that his illness would prove a building block in the eventual discovery of more effective treatments for the disease that cut his story short.

His beloved wife, Annette, and his children Tracy, Scott and Kelly wish to honor him by directing donations to TGen for pancreatic cancer research.

Besides his wife Annette, he is survived by children Tracy Torgeson, Scott Mattern and Kelly Mattern, and seven grandchildren Christopher, Katie, Jonny, Max, Laura, Anna and Alex for whom he fought so bravely.

If you would like to make a donation to Rich's memorial in support of pancreatic cancer research, please click here.


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TGen Foundation
445 N. 5th Street, Suite 120
Phoenix, AZ 85004