George Frederick Mather, 69, died peacefully Dec. 27, 2012, at his Evergreen home.
George was born Nov. 5, 1943, in Minneapolis. He earned a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering at Ohio University, where he also met his future wife, Karen (Atkinson) Mather. They married 46 years ago and moved to Denver. George began his career at Shell Chemical Co. at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal, and earned a master's of business administration from the University of Colorado-Boulder. Later, he started two engineering consulting firms, one in Memphis and one in Golden. The last 30 years of his career were focused on nutraceuticals.??
A resident of Evergreen for 20 years, George loved exploring the outdoors and spent many hours hiking and snowshoeing. His sense of adventure included traveling to 46 states and nearly 60 countries with Karen.
His passion for nature carried through to his extensive volunteer work. George was an invaluable member of the board of ENABLE (Evergreen North Area Balanced Land-use Effort), serving for the past eight years as president. He also was a volunteer for Jefferson County Open Space and the U.S. Forest Service.?
?The quote that best describes his love of the outdoors is from Henry David Thoreau's essay "Walking": "I think that I cannot preserve my health and spirits, unless I spend four hours a day at least - and it is commonly more than that - sauntering through the woods and over the hills and fields, absolutely free from all worldly engagements …"
George is survived by his wife, Karen, of Evergreen; his daughter Andrea Mather (husband Bernard Davis) of Denver and his son Brent Mather (wife Wendy) of Denver; and his seven siblings: Mary Hansen, Anne Mather, Beth Emard, Marguerite Culberson, John Mather, Tom Mather and David Mather. He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry Putnam and Mildred (Mootz) Mather.
The memorial service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, at United Methodist Church in Evergreen. A reception will follow.
Memorial donations may be made to Mount Evans Home Health and Hospice (www.mtevans.org
) or the Esophageal Cancer Education Center (www.fightec.org