John B. Mathies


Posted: Friday, May 25, 2007


  John B. Mathies

John B. Mathies

Soldotna resident John B. Mathies died Wednesday, May 23, 2007, from cancer surrounded by family at his home. He was 67.

Family and friends are invited to join in a celebration of his memory at the Mathies residence Saturday, May 26. For more information, call 260-7879.

Mr. Mathies was born Aug. 2, 1939, in Seattle, Wash., the first son of Herbert and Virginia Mathies. He enjoyed outdoor sports and scouting and achieved the ultimate rank of Eagle Scout. He served honorably in the U.S. Army following his graduation from Roosevelt High School in Seattle. Mr. Mathies’ love of the outdoors guided his choices in life and led him to the University of Washington School of Forestry, where he earned a bachelor’s degree and became a proud member of the Xi Sigma Pi organization.

Following graduation, his first career was with the U.S. Forest Service in Cordova and Sitka. He furthered his education by earning master’s and doctorate degrees in wildlife conservation from Michigan State University, with research projects in Michigan and Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee. After working in engineering and environmental work in the Eastern United States and Colorado, Mr. Mathies’ love of the Great Land called him to Kodiak in the late 1980s. There he met the love of his life, Ester Shook, and they enjoyed the rest of his life together, moving to Soldotna in 1996.

“John will be remembered as a loving, generous and loyal husband, brother, uncle and friend and as the person with which one would most want to enjoy a wilderness adventure,” his family said.

Mr. Mathies was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his wife; stepson, James; brother- and sister-in-law, Rodger and Cherie of University Place, Wash.; nephews in Washington; and extended family in Soldotna.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.

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