PRICE-Our loving husband, father and grandfather, John Arnold Mathis Jr., age 84, passed away in Provo on May 16, 2010 after a long illness. He was born to John Arnold Sr. and Lilly Pearl Morrison Mathis on Sept. 20, 1925 in Price, Utah. Arnold married Idona H. Ward on Nov. 18, 1949 in the Manti LDS Temple.
He was a Carbon County Commissioner for six years, worked as a purchasing agent for the Carbon County School District and was a cattle rancher for many years. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving as Stake Missionary, Bishop, and High Councilor. He loved music and enjoyed singing, especially for funerals. He also enjoyed being with his family, sports, and working outside on his garden.
He is survived by his wife, Idona, children: Susan (Bill) Madsen of Sandy, Gary (Terrie) Mathis of Layton, Marilyn (John) Kerekes of Orem, Sheree (Brent) Atwood of Cedar City, Linda (Gary) Dinkelman of Price, Gordon (Julie) Mathis of Spanish Fork, and Craig (Becca) Mathis of Orem, 35 grandchildren, 46 great-grandchildren, and a sister Elizabeth (Dorr) Hanson.
He is preceded in death by his parents, four brothers and two sisters.
The family would like to give a special thanks to his niece, Karla Liddell for her dedicated service to our mother and father.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, May 21, 2010 at 11 a.m. at the Price LDS Sixth Ward Chapel (300 W. 500 S.). A viewing will be held on Thursday, May 20, 2010 from 6-7 p.m. at Fausett Mortuary in Price, also on Friday from 9:30-10:30 a.m. prior the services at the church. Interment will be in the Price City Cemetery. Services are in the care of Fausett Mortuary. Family and friends may sign the guestbook and share memories of Arnold at www.fausettmortuary.com.