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Nicholas Ross Matarangas

April 3, 1966 ~ September 3, 2019 (age 53)

Nicholas Ross Matarangas passed away after a courageous 7-­‐year battle with cancer. He touched many lives with his gentle spirit and positive outlook on life.

Nick was born in San Jose, CA and graduated from Bellarmine College Prep where he was an All-­‐American water polo player and was inducted into the Bellarmine Hall of Fame for Aquatics.

Nick went on to play water polo at Brown University where he achieved collegiate All-­‐American and earned a degree in International Studies. 

After working for the US Government regulating tuna fishing laws in South America he returned to school to earn a JD in Environmental Law at Lewis and Clark Law School, Portland, OR.

When Nick was diagnosed with cancer in 2012 he retired from law and went on to earn his teaching credential to become a Biology teacher at Gilroy High School, where he loved sharing his world experiences and knowledge with all his students. Nick was an avid reader, retaining everything he read and happily shared his knowledge with everyone around him. He sure knew how to tell a great story. 

Nick was always up for travel and adventure. He met Sharon, his wife of 21 years, on the Greek island of Mykonos while teaching scuba diving at Paradise. He studied Tribal Law in Cape Town, South Africa and International Law in London, England, eventually settling down in Seattle, WA to raise 3 wonderful children.

Nick enjoyed road trips, gardening, ocean diving, hiking in the Pacific Northwest and finding new breweries to visit. He was a cheerleader on the side lines of his children’s sporting events and volunteer coached in their younger years.

Nick is survived by his loving wife, Sharon; devoted children Benjamin, Alexandra and Joshua. He is also survived by his father Robert Dan Matarangas, step-­‐mother Diane and brothers Robert, Paul and John, nephews George, John, Ryan, Eli and Christian, nieces Olivia and Lyndi. He was preceded in death by mother Karen Matarangas.

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