(Pictured above: Raul with his sons Matteo and Emillio)

January 13, 1971–May 15, 2020

Raul V. Mata, 49, passed away unexpectedly in his home on May 15. He worked for Freeman for more than 20 years as the Freeman labor trailer timekeeper at the LVCC.

Co-worker Kevin Dugan remembers, “I think that his most-used quote was ‘I don’t have you on my list. Are you sure you’re supposed to be HERE?’ 99 percent of the time he’d find a spot for you, even if you weren’t ‘on the list’.”

Former co-worker and current TLS Sr. Acct. Exec. Cameo Stancliff says, “Raul was a reliable and dependable employee who was always on time and helped keep the labor trailer running smooth and always had a smile on his face.”

Denise Segarra shares that “Raul was a loving brother, dad, cousin and friend. He had a big heart, always funny outgoing friendly and a good person to work with. Raul, you will truly be missed by everyone.”

He was born in Chicago and remained an avid Chicago fan— loving the White Sox, Bulls, Blackhawks and da Bears. He loved to draw and loved music of almost every genre. He was always willing to help people in need, no questions asked. He loved to make people laugh and smile and was known as the Candy Man by the kids in the family with how much he loved it himself.

He was pre-deceased by his father Vicente and his fiancée Heather Cantrell. He is survived by his grandmother Ramona Ybarra, his mother Sylvia, his siblings Jenny and Mel, his children: Raul, Emillio, Matteo Mata and Maia Cantrell, his grandchildren: Luis, Angie and Aaliyah Mata, and many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

A service of remembrance open to the public will be held at 2 p.m. Sept. 19 at Affordable Cremation and Burial Services, 2127 W Charleston Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89102. To share a photo or memory in his online guest book, please visit www.affordablecbs.com/obituary/raul-mata.

This story originally appeared in the July/August issue of Exhibit City News, p. 47. For original layout, visit https://issuu.com/exhibitcitynews/docs/ecn_july-august_2020

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