Obituary for Jerry Mathena
SEPTEMBER 24th, 1935 - January 18th, 2018
loved father, Grandpa The Great and friend, Jerry died
peacefully with his daughter Lori & grandchildren
Shaelyn, Courtney, and Katelyn by his side, at age 82.
The way he died is just like he lived: he wrote his own
rules, and he paved his own way even right up to his
last day. And if you said he couldn't do it, he would
make sure he could. Most people thought he was
crazy for living life full speed most of his life; but
instead with a smile, sense of humor, and stunning
blue eyes that could make anyone fall in love with him.
He would prove to them he could do it. He was the
type of man that people would drive many hours at the
drop of a hat to come see.
He lived 1000 years in the 82 calendar years we had
with him because he attacked life; he grabbed it by the
horns. Throughout his life, he was an accomplished
hunter and an excellent shooter, bbq master,
fisherman, frisbee player. Jerry did not live an average
life. He traveled where he wanted to travel, laughed
and loved to play jokes at every chance he got.
He enjoyed many, many things. Among those things
were hunting, fishing, hiking, chopping wood, shooting
guns, taking pictures, water fights, The History
Channel, war movies, and he read what he wanted to
read, and loved who he wanted to love and above all,
his family and friends. He was also an amazing and a
fanatical detailer of his automobiles.
Jerry loved his family and friends, sweets, the
outdoors and beautiful women, .. and not necessarily
in that order. He hated to be late and But he loved to
tell stories, and you could be sure 99 percent of every
story was true.
JERRY was a stylish, yet, practical man. He dressed in
the fashion with pants starched and pressed and had
a collection of stylish hats, yet could often be found
wearing the latest t-shirt with a pocket from The Fruit
of the Loom. And sayings on the t shirt to make you
laugh at him. And always a baseball cap.
He was someone who had a love of life and a firm
understanding of what was important - the simplicity
of living a life with those you love. Although he threw
some of the most memorable parties during the
greater half of a century, he would trade it all for a night
in front of the fire in the mountains with his family and
His acute awareness of the importance of a life lived
with the ones you love over any material possession.
He had an amazing giving and caring personality and
he would give the shirt off his back to a stranger.
Jerry was an Iron worker for 25 + years. And was proud
to me a union member of local 27. He helped build
many of the amazing buildings, bridges and power
plants we see around the western United States.
He also was a logger in his early years. Jerry attended
school in Price Utah and California.
Jerry proudly served in United States Army from 1958-
1962 as a Sergeant. And traveled the world. And lived
in many countries. But ended up were he started his
life, in Emery County. He loved it and he called it home.
We would like to thank the many doctors and nurses
and Timpanogos Hospital. And the Maple Creek Home
Health & Hospice. Christine and Charity were amazing
and my dad looked forward to their visits.
We would also like to thanks Legacy Mortuary in
Spanish Fork. They helped make this process a little
And to all our friends, family & neighbors, you were a
blessing. Thank you so much. I truly could not have
done this without you.
Cremation took take place through Legacy Funerals & Cremations.
Jerry is survived by is son Danny Mathena, Micheal
golay. And daughters Christina Gatto, Lori Mathena Wilson
(Court), Amity Mathena Larsen. His sister
Virginia Mae Twitchell (Charlie) grandchildren:
Shaelyn, Courtney, Katelyn, Branden Corey, Jessica
Jaime, Anthony, Danny Jr., Aidan, Jaxon and many
great grandchildren, and nieces/ nephews. Also many
friends he called family. Everyone loved him dearly.
He is preceded in death by his parents Albert Utah
Mathena and Virginia Hancock Mathena. Brothers
Ross and Albert. Sister Wanda.
Everyone who remembers him is asked to celebrate
Jerry's life in their own way; raising a glass of your
favorite beverage in his memory would be quite
There will be a graveside service at the Springville City
Cemetery, Friday, February 9th, 2018 at noon. Address
is 400 south 200 west Springville Utah