Dr. Roland W. Matson, M.D., age 76, of Spring Valley, Minn., died Monday afternoon, Jan. 21, 2008, at Rochester Methodist Hospital of complications from acute leukemia.

Roland was born in 1931, in Hibbing, Minn., the son of Amel E. and Wilgerd E. (Ellingsen) Matson.

He was raised in Nashwauk, Minn., graduating from Nashwauk High School in 1949. He then attended Hibbing Junior College from 1949-51, and the University of Minnesota where he graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School in 1957. While in medical school he married Marilyn Keller Oct. 1, 1955, in Waseca, Minn. He interned at St. Lukes Hospital in Duluth from 1957-58, served in the US Army Medical Corp in Germany from 1959-61 and practiced family practice medicine in Spring Valley from 1961-93 when he retired. Since that time he lived in Spring Valley and spent his summers at the family cabin at Pokegama Lake in the Grand Rapids, Minn., area.

0002000004F9000003A3�4F3,Roland was a member of Faith United Methodist Church in Spring Valley, the Spring Valley American Legion, the American Theatre Organ Society, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Assoc. and numerous medical associations. He enjoyed spending time with his family, reading, traveling, playing the theatre pipe organ, photography, bird watching and performing magic. He was also an avid private pilot.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his wife, Marilyn of 52 years; three children, Andrea Matson of Minneapolis, Minn., Alan (Dale Azaria) Matson of Burlington, Vermont, Laura (Kevin) Lott of Duluth, Minn.; four grandchildren, Ben and Sally Matson and Gabriella and Bianca Lott; two brothers, Charles Matson of White Bear Lake, Minn., and Glenn Matson of Calumet, Minn.

Services: A memorial service was held at 11 a.m., Saturday, January 26, 2008, at Faith United Methodist Church in Spring Valley with Rev. Dr. William Rowen officiating. His body has been cremated and burial of his ashes will be at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis at a later date.

The family prefers memorials to Faith United Methodist Church or the Olmsted Medical Clinic Regional Foundation.

Arrangements by Thauwald Funeral Home in Spring Valley.