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Kenneth Lee Mathern

November 13, 1953 January 28, 2019
Kenneth Lee Mathern
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Ken was born November 13, 1953, in Cody, WY, the first born of four children. He moved with his family to Riverton, WY, as a little boy. Even before he was old enough to drive, Ken was a businessman. Delivering papers, shoveling walks, and mowing lawns led to ever-greater endeavors and accomplishments. From his first real job in a television repair shop, to a for-hire charter pilot, to securing future financial stability for his clients through D.A. Davidson, he poured himself into every job he ever held.

While an important part of his life, this is but one branch on the tree of his life story. The roots were set during a Wyoming blizzard in January, 1979. This is when he married Marilyn and they welcomed the first of five sons later that year. It was this partnership with Marilyn to which he credited the successes in his life. Together, they navigated life’s challenges, including diagnosis of macular degeneration at a young age, which led to near blindness and an inability to drive at the age of forty. He quickly came to terms with this and among our family, not a single time could be recalled when Ken complained of it. This is a constant thread throughout his life: when met with a challenge, he never failed to find a way to dig in and get moving. An eternal optimist, he set an example for his five sons that will carry through future generations.

Throughout his life, Ken was genuinely good to people. He believed in people’s inherent worth and untapped potential. He had the gift of a golden voice and he used it to share his love of music with those around him. To hear him sing and play guitar was a treat – it was through this that the beauty he saw in the world around him was communicated to others.

On January 28, 2019, after a five year battle with cancer, Ken ceased to be in our physical presence, but his tree lives on and continues to branch. His wife of 40 years, Marilyn of Great Falls; sons and daughters-in-law Patrick and Corinne of Santa Barbara, CA, Waylon, Marty, and Jerrel and Jennifer all of Seattle, WA, and Alex and Melissa of Great Falls, continue forward in his absence. His five grandchildren, Finn, Olive, Leo, Alton, and Maizy were loved by him dearly. He will be missed by his father, Pius of Riverton, WY; sisters Shirley and Roger Wagner of Casper, WY and Penny and Brent Pollard of Riverton, WY; and brother Bob and Michelle also of Riverton, WY; along with his brothers-in-law Rod and Jan, Steve and MaryAnn, Gary and Vicki, and sisters-in-law Carol and Lee, and Bobbi. He was preceded in death by his mother, Dorothy; his mother and father-in-law, James and Florence; brothers-in-law Denny and Don; as well as his daughter-in-law, Jamie. Devoted husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, and friend, he found support, solace, and comfort – and now may he find peace in his Catholic faith.

A vigil service will be held at 6 pm on Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church. The funeral liturgy will be held at the same place at 10 am Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019. Please join to celebrate Ken with family and friends.


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Vigil Service

Friday

1

Feb

6:00 PM 2/1/2019 6:00:00 PM
Holy Spirit Catholic Church

201 44th Street South
Great Falls, MT 59405

Holy Spirit Catholic Church
201 44th Street South Great Falls 59405 MT
United States

Funeral Liturgy

Saturday

2

Feb

10:00 AM 2/2/2019 10:00:00 AM
Holy Spirit Catholic Church

201 44th Street South
Great Falls, MT 59405

Holy Spirit Catholic Church
201 44th Street South Great Falls 59405 MT
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Mount Olivet Cemetery Final Resting Place

26th Street South and 24th Avenue S
Great Falls, MT 59405

26th Street South and 24th Avenue S Great Falls 59405 MT
United States
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