Hall Of Fame Inductees


The individuals nominated should have made a significant impact or positive influence that assures the future of our industry in the lives of generations to come.


Once nominated, an individual’s biography and photo are updated on the site, and he or she is placed in the polls for voting. At the end of the year the committee takes into consideration the votes and decides which candidates are inducted.


Those with a star (*) next to their name below were either inducted posthumously or have passed away since being inducted.


Nomination Qualifications

  • Person with integrity and passion
  • Minimum 20 years in industry
  • Someone who has developed  or invented  new technology
  • Has made contributions that resulted in change
  • Contributed to mankind’s needs in his field
  • Provided education and encouragement  with self-sacrifice
  • Changed the industry

Bob Mattson*

Professor Emeritus, Cuyamaca College

Robert Mattson, born February 9, 1948 lived in Poway, CA and was a devoted family man with a loving and understanding wife Marcia, daughter Melissa and son Jeff.  Bob worked as Utility Crew Supervisor for Padre Dam Water District in Santee, CA and was moved over to run the backflow department until he retired February 2006.  Bob was a member of AWWA, as well as being the AWWA Southern California Administrator.

He held a Backflow Tester Certification, Backflow Program Specialist, was a Proctor in Charge, Proctor and instructor for AWWA.  Bob also held Backflow Tester Certification, Specialist Certification as well as Proctor status for ABPA.  For the past few years he held the position of Vice President for the Southern California Chapter of ABPA.  Locally in San Diego County, CA he was a past Vice President and held the position as Treasurer for the Cross Connection Control Advisory Committee of San Diego County.  Bobs devotion to the backflow industry, in general, was far and away above the call of duty for just one person.  He loved being involved in the backflow industry and spent a lot of his time helping anyone that asked.  He will be missed as a mentor for many as well as an inspiration to all of us.  His devotion to backflow was intentional and never faltered.  Bobs ability to organize anything that was handed to him was envied by many.  When it came to Southern California AWWA Certification there will never be anyone that can match his way of making any situation run smoothly.  He will be missed by all.