Cover photo for Jerry Mathena's Obituary
1935 Jerry 2018

Jerry Mathena

September 24, 1935 — January 18, 2018

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

friends .

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
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