Mathis, Herbert "Herb" Clifton
81, of Corpus Christi, TX passed away on 8-4-13. Herb was born on December 20, 1931 in Oklahoma. He was the eighth child of nine, and the youngest son of Eva Edith and William Harrison Mathis. Herb was raised on a farm in Arizona, and as all young people do, wanted to "see the world". After graduating from Peoria High School he decided to join the Navy. After four years of service he attended college at Arizona State University (ASU) on the G.I. Bill earning his Bachelor's degree. After college he went back into the service, but this time it was the Army, as a paratrooper. After this tour of duty he decided it was time to use the degree he earned and started out as a librarian at Dysart Elementary School (which he also attended as a child). He later went back to ASU and earned his Doctorate Degree in Education. With this in hand he was ready to be a High School Principal. His first contract was in Sanders, Arizona, a small town on the Navajo Indian Reservation. After four years there he was offered a position at Peoria High School, the same high school he attended as a teenager. Herb retired after 16 years in 1989. After some traveling with his wife Deanna, they decided to move to the tropical climate of the Coastal Bend region of South Texas, Corpus Christi where he spent the remainder of his life. Herb was very much a family man who loved his wife, children and grandchildren very deeply. Nothing made him happier than to be surrounded by his family. In the last few years of his life he suffered from Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease. Herb is survived by his wife of 51 years Deanna R. Mathis, and his daughters Christine Andre' (Bob), Kimmie-Jo Mathis-Doumis (David), Tamara L. Bennett, his brother Carl W. Mathis, two sisters Dovie D. Reems and Patricia O. Moran (Jim), four grandsons, Ryan Bennett (Rachel), L. David Doumis, Brandon Bennett, Russell Andre' and two granddaughters Rachel Andre', Amy Andre' and his beloved dog Buddy. The Cremation service was held on Monday, August 12, 2013 for the immediate family at Veterans Memorial Cemetery 9974 IH 37 Access Road in Corpus Christi, Texas. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to Odyssey Hospice, 5350 S. Staples, Suite 400 Corpus Christi, Texas 78411. The family would like to give special thanks to the Doctors and Nurses at Bay Area Hospital and Odyssey Hospice for the wonderful care Herb and the family received.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Aug. 18, 2013