Redlin-Ertz Funeral Home

Matthew `Matt` Pinion , Age 85

March 12, 1935 --July 16, 2020

Matthew L, Pinion, age 85 of Baraboo, WI, passed away peacefully at home on the afternoon of July 16, 2020, surrounded by his loving family.

Matt was born on March 12, 1935, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the son of John and Cecelia (Veit) Pinion. He attended Marshfield High School as a member of the class of 1953 and continued his education at the University of Wisconsin Madison. On May 11, 1957, he was united in marriage to his high school sweetheart and the love of his life, Joan Galvin. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering in June 1958. Upon graduation, he took a full-time position with the Platt & Schulz, a small consulting engineering firm in Baraboo (where he had worked the summer of 1957).

In 1960, he left Baraboo for a full-time position with the Milwaukee Gas Company where he was a project and design engineer, analyzing and designing new and replacement gas transmission and distribution facilities within the central section of Milwaukee, including coordinating all projects with the Expressway, State Highway Commission, municipalities, and other utilities. While working in Milwaukee, Matt took elective courses in the School of Commerce at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee.

In 1968, under orders from his wife, the couple with their 5 kids returned to Baraboo to become a partner in the firm of Mid-State Associates. (In 1962, Platt & Schultz incorporated into Mid-State Associates).

In 1969, Matt was elected President of the Mid-State Associates. Utilizing the business knowledge he had acquired in Milwaukee, he guided the firm on an expansion program. In 1970, the firm moved to a new and larger building at 1111 8th Street. The firm had grown to 16 full-time employees by this time and MSA had broadened its areas of expertise to include more environmentally oriented projects and expanded its Architectural Division.

As the firm continued to grow over the course of the next few years, by 1976 it was necessary to add 1500 sq. ft. to the existing 8th Street building. By this time there were about 25 full-time employees and the company had opened branch surveying offices in Mauston, Wisconsin, and Galena, Illinois. During this six-year period, engineers, surveyors, and environmental staff were added to make MSA a stronger and more diversified firm.

By 1983, it became apparent that it would be necessary to either expand the 8th Street building or build a new one. Matt and the Board of Directors had the foresight to construct a new 16,000 sq. ft. building in the Madalon Industrial Park on the Citys west side that continues to serve as their corporate headquarters. When Mid-State Associates moved into their new building in May 1984, the number of full-time employees had swelled to over 34, making them the 13th largest consulting engineering firm in Wisconsin. Shortly after moving into their new facility, Mid-State Associates saw the need for the expansion of testing facilities to provide sampling and analysis of both water and wastewater in accordance with EPA regulations; consequently, the firm added environmental testing services with 3 full-time employees. Within three years, a new laboratory building was erected on a site adjacent to their main office building and the laboratory staff grew to seven employees. A subsequent expansion of the laboratory building allowed for staff growth to 23 scientists and assistants with space for state-of-the-art computer technology to serve the company growing list of clients.

In 1991, Matt led the effort to create Mid-States Employee Stock Ownership Plan.

In the spring of 1992 MSA completed a 10,000 sq. ft. addition to their office building on South Blvd that included space for the future addition of as many as 40 additional employees. By this time, the company was also operating additional branch offices in Adams-Friendship, Beaver Dam, and Rhinelander, Wisconsin and had a combined total of 150 full-time employees. During the summer construction seasons, as many as 20 co-op students and technicians were added to staff.

Matt retired in 1996 but under his leadership during his 30 years with the company, Mid-State Associates had grown to be the 7th largest consulting firm in the State of Wisconsin. During a period of time when many small consulting firms struggled to survive, the company grew and prospered, and the current leadership continues that tradition.

He was also very generous and contributed his time and talents to the Baraboo community and its Fraternal, Religious, and Service organizations. Matt was a member of the Baraboo School Board from 1972-1977 and was an active member of the Kiwanis, Knights of Columbus, Elks, St. Josephs Catholic Church, and an advocate for the Circus World Museum, Ochsner Park Zoo, Camp Gray, and the United Way.

In 1974, Matt was one of 15 partners that built Thunderbird Lanes, which at the time was one of the finest bowling establishments for a city our size in the State.

He and Joan have been life-long fans of the Green Bay Packers, Wisconsin Badgers, and the Chicago Cubs and his hobbies included bowling, fishing, white-water rafting, coin collecting, teaching family and friends to waterski at the family cottage, planning family vacations, storytelling and doting on his grandchildren and their families.

It goes without saying that Dad took great pride in the accomplishments of Mid-State Associates and he thoroughly enjoyed serving his colleagues and clients. His strong work ethic, leadership, and dedication to make Baraboo a better place has left a lasting impression on all of us. He was particularly proud of his family and his childrens accomplishments both academically and professionally.

He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Joan; children Cathy (Laura), John (Kathy), Laurie, Mark (Kerry), and Tom (Tamie); grandchildren Taylor (Jonathan) Stef, Matthew (Dannielle) Pinion, Lexy Beckwith, Ben (Katie) Beckwith, Kenzie Hacker, Paige Pinion, Eli Pinion, Michaela (Tomas) Pinion, and Andrew Pinion; great grandchildren James, Levi, and Harper; his sister Marie Allen and her three daughters, Beth, Sara, and Barb, her son Jim and their families. Theres also a special place in his heart (and ours) for his adopted family at the Log Cabin Restaurant in Baraboo.

He was preceded in death by his parents John & Cecelia Pinion, his in-laws John & Margaret Galvin, his sister-in-law Burleigh Anderson and brother-in-law Pat Galvin; and his twin grandsons Joshua and Jacob Pinion.

A visitation will be held at the Redlin Funeral Home in Baraboo on Tuesday, July 21, 2020 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM and again on Wednesday, July 22, at St. Josephs Catholic Church from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM prior to the Mass of Christian Burial at the church. The mass will be streamed live on St. Joseph Catholic Church's website, facebook page and YouTube. Feel free to call the funeral home with any questions.

In order to maintain physical distancing, only 50 people at a time will be allowed in the funeral home and only 100 people at a time will be allowed inside the church during visitation as well as the following church service. The family is requiring that everyone wear a mask and a limited quantity will be available at both the funeral home and the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Greater Sauk Community Foundation, which the family will distribute to Mom & Dads favorite local charitable organizations.

The family would like to thank all of our family and friends for all of their love and support through these difficult times. We would also like to extend our enduring gratitude to Father Jay Poster; Dr. Krszjzaniek; the staff at SSM Specialty Clinic in Baraboo; SSM Healthcares Physicians and Nurses; and especially to the SSM Hospice staff and their wonderful care and genuine compassion for Dad.

Dad, in the true spirit of stewardship, you definitely made our world a better place than we found it. We love you and will miss you more than you can possibly imagine. Save us a spot!


Coreen Marklein July 18, 2020

Friend Baraboo , Wisconsin

Sympathy to Joan and the Pinion family. I will miss my fellow UW Badger fan 😢

Jenny Mulock July 18, 2020

Family friend Scottsdale , Arizona

Sorry to hear about your dad, gosh it sure stinks, all the good guys are falling. Thinking of you all now as you’re missing your dad. Xox jenny mulock

Keri Olson July 18, 2020

Friend Baraboo , Wisconsin

Dear Joan and Family, We were so very sorry to hear of Matt's passing. He was such a great guy -- so accomplished, yet so humble, so gentle, so pleasant. We will miss our many enjoyable encounters with him, including when he and the guys would sit around the breakfast discussion table at The Alpine, talking over the issues of the day and giving their greetings to everyone who entered the cafe. We hold you in our hearts, our thoughts and our prayers during this time of loss and sadness for you folks. May you be comforted by waves of happy memories, and may you feel the comfort of how many people love and care about you and remember Matt fondly. With our deepest sympathies, Larry McCoy and Keri Olson

Linda Kohlmeyer-Searls July 19, 2020

Friend Prairie du Sac

So very sorry for your loss, Joan, Laurie, Tom, and family. You have such a wonderful family. Prayers that all your wonderful memories give you comfort during this most difficult time!

Susan Goodman July 19, 2020

Former co-worker of Tom Portage , Wisconsin

Tom, Tamie and family, So very sorry about your dad. He sounded like a great guy. I'm sure he's up there with "Mrs. C" sharing stories about you! Prayers to all of you! Susan

Chuck & Marilyn Bongard July 19, 2020

friends and fellow MSA empoyee Prairie du Sac , Wisconsin

Matt was such a wonderful friend and will be deeply missed. He was truly inspirational to me in my career and his leadership of our company was exemplary. I truly enjoyed our fly-in fishing trip to Canada and all of the other outings we shared. Our deepest condolences to the Pinion family. We will miss Matt!

Steve Mason July 19, 2020

Friend/neighbor Madison , Wisconsin

Pinions and Masons were such good friends. So sorry to hear this news . I remember Cub's baseball games with Dad, Matt and John Ellington. Cubs v Cardinals. Ellington big Cards fan, Dad and Matt true Cubbie fans. It was so much fun listening to the banter on the ride to Chicago. Matt, I think of you and smile.

John G Pinion July 20, 2020

Son Bolingbrook , Illinois

Dad, I will miss you deeply and always, more than you may realize. You have always been a guiding light, an inspiration, and an incredible role model. I have leaned on your compassion, wisdom, life experience, and the many lessons you taught me to help me through the difficult moments in my life and through your example, I strive to provide the same support to my family and those around me. I will never forget working with you at the cottage, the endless fishing trips, the stump fiddle, going to Badger football games and spending holidays with our family. A telling tribute to you and the impact you have had on those around you can be found in all of the kind thoughts and words of support received from your many friends and acquaintances that our family appreciates so very much. Our family extends our heartfelt thanks to all of you.

Theodore Brenson July 20, 2020

Worked at Mid State with Matt Baraboo , Wisconsin

Nancy and I wish all of Matt's family the best.

Barb Vajgrt July 20, 2020

work with Laurie at UPH Cedar Rapids , Iowa

Laurie and family, Sorry to hear of your father passing. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless.

Kids Ranch July 21, 2020

Community Non-Profit Baraboo , Wisconsin

We at Kids Ranch are so sorry for your loss. Matt has done so much for our community. Our hearts go out to his wife and family during this difficult time.

Bill & Julie Kayartz July 21, 2020

Friends of Tom & Tammy Portage , Wisconsin

We're very sorry for your loss.