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U.S. Marine Corps Ret.
LAKELAND - Jack Dennis Mathis, Major, USMC, ret., 63, Lakeland, died Monday, December 15, 2008 at his home due to heart failure.
Jack was born June 6, 1945 in Phoenix, AZ to Herman and Emily (Colburn) Mathis, was raised in San Antonio, TX and moved to Lakeland in 2006 from Jacksonville. He is a retired Major with the United States Marine Corps, who served over 22 years for his country. After his retirement in 1984, Jack continued to serve his country through his employment with Johnson Space Center, Houston heading the anti-terrorism unit. Jack is a distinguished war hero, having received two Purple Hearts, two Bronze Stars, a Silver Star, the Navy Cross as well as numerous other commendations. He is a member of the VFW Post # 2297, Lakeland and the Military Order of Purple Heart, Chapter 535, Lakeland. He is also a member of the American Legion and DAV Posts, Jacksonville. Jack was united in marriage on December 22, 1989 to his wife, Julie Mathis who resides in Lakeland.
He is also survived by his sons, Andy (Bridget) Mathis of Lake Mary and Ben (Stacy) Mathis of Newington, GA; a daughter, Susan Wynn of Boulder, CO; a sister, Marilyn Whiten of San Antonio, TX and grandchildren, Summer Wynn of Boulder, CO and Colson and Sarah Mathis of Newington, GA.
Memorial funeral services will be held at 2pm Friday at the Gentry-Morrison Funeral Homes, Dukes-Steen Chapel, Lakeland. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Military Order of Purple Heart, Chapter 535, 306 S. Central Avenue, Lakeland, Florida 33803 attn: Corp Master.
Published in Ledger on Dec. 18, 2008