Mathew “Mat” Murray Perlot, 76, of Scottsdale, Ariz., died Oct. 5.

Mat was born April 5, 1936, in Portland. He was raised in Portland and Welches.

Mat served in the Army as a Military Policeman  and a paratrooper.

After an honorary discharge, he worked for Thurlow Glove Company and then Columbia Sportswear as a production supervisor.

He left Portland in 1968 to start his own outdoor clothing manufacturing company.  After establishing Western Trails in Bend, he left the garment business for the recreational vehicle business.

He started with Beaver Coaches, then worked for Monaco and Country Coaches as the marketing manager. Mat then went out on his own and started Safari Motor Coaches, which eventually became SMC Corporation and included Beaver Coaches and Harney Coach Works. Mat also established Silver Creek Ranches of Oregon LLC in Riley where he ran cattle and grew alfalfa.

In retirement, Mat lived in Arizona and spent time in Mexico and Alaska where he entertained friends and family on his fishing boat. He was always orchestrating the next great fishing adventure.

Through his long stay at the hospital at the end of his life, he was jovial and did his best to entertain visitors. Mat was always very giving. He paid for the college educations of several of his employees’ children on the ranch and in Mexico, and he was a generous entertainer.

Mat is survived by Connie Perlot; sisters, Marianne, Leila and Susan and brother, Jerry. He had four sons from his first wife, Mary Ann (Bernert); Mike (Kathy), David, Gordon and Martin (Myra). Mat is also survived by grandchildren, Chris, Robert , Taylor, Danielle, Peter, Molly, Greg, Little Mat, Justin, Brianna and Shay.

He was preceded in death by father, Leonard; mother, Muriel and sister, Jan.

Memorial services will be held Nov. 10 at 11 a.m. at Naswanger-Reynolds Funeral Home in Bend. For more information and a guestbook, visit:

Contributions in Mat’s name can be made to Wounded Warriors.

Mat’s fish camp is closed and will be missed very much.

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