Former Judge Bill Mattingly dead at 84

Staff Writer
Pawhuska Journal-Capital

Retired Associate District Judge of Osage County and practicing attorney, William H. “Bill” Mattingly, 84, of Pawhuska, died April 15 in Bartlesville.

A lifelong resident of Pawhuska, he was born June 20, 1930, the son of the late Judge e. H. Mattingly and Opal Lee Mattingly.

He is survived by his wife, Stanlee Ann, and his son, David Redcorn Mattingly.

He graduated from high school at Pembroke Country-Day School in Kansas City, Mo. in 1948. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1952 with a Bachelor of Arts degree, during which time he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. He then served two years active duty in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict and was in the Active Army Reserve for 12 more years.

After his military service, Mattingly graduated from the OU College of Law in 1958, where he was a member of the Phi Alpha Delta legal fraternity. He practiced law in Hominy with the Holt and Mattingly firm, was assistant county attorney and county attorney for Osage County, and served as district attorney and assistant district attorney in Osage and Pawnee counties for 26 years.

In 1982, he was selected Most Outstanding Assistant District Attorney for the State of Oklahoma by the Oklahoma District Attorney Association. In 2008, he received a Certificate of Recognition from the Oklahoma Bar Association for more than 50 years in the Association.

He practiced law with the Kane, Kane, Wilson and Mattingly Law Firm in Pawhuska from 1969 to 1986, when he was appointed special district judge of Osage County until August 9, 1989, when Gov. Henry Bellmon appointed him associate district judge of Osage County, a position he held until his retirement on Jan. 1, 2003.

He then practiced in the Kane Law Offices, the Harvey Payne Law Office with his office in the First National Bank Building in Pawhuska.

He was a lifelong member of St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Pawhuska, serving as Acolyte, Sunday School teacher, Vestry member and Layreader.

Funeral services were be held Monday at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Pawhuska. Arrangement were under the direction of McCartney’s Johnson Funeral Home of Pawhuska.