William Nicholas Varnon Mathers
1940 - 2021
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Mathers, William Nicholas Varnon
08/26/1940 - 04/30/2021

Nick Mathers transitioned from this life on April 30, 2021, following a long battle with Alzheimer's. He was born on August 26th, 1940, in Arlington, Virginia. Following his graduation from the Trinity-Pawling School, Nick graduated from the University of Denver with a degree in marketing, and did his graduate work in finance there as well. Following graduate school, he served in the United States Marine Corps for three years.
Nick started his banking career on Wall Street with the Chemical Bank, and when he and his family moved to Denver in 1978, he joined the United Bank of Denver (now Wells Fargo). In 1985, he joined the Denver office of Sonnenblick-Goldman; in 1993, he joined Bank One Colorado (now JPMorgan); and in 2001, he joined the Citi Private Bank where he became a Director. He retired in 2013.
Long active in many civic and business associations, he was twice named to "Who's Who in Banking and Finance" by the Denver Business Journal, and is a past two-time President of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Robert Morris Associates, the national association of credit and lending officers.
Nick is a past Chairman of the Board of the Colorado Historical Society (now History Colorado), a former Trustee of the Colorado Historical Foundation, and a former member of the Investment Committee of St. John's Cathedral, the Cathedral Church of the Episcopal Diocese in Colorado. He was also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. In addition, he was a member of the Board of Directors of the National Western Stock Show Association and Chairman of its Coors Western Art Advisory Committee. Nick had the great honor of being designated Trustee Emeritus of the National Western Stock Show Association in 2017.
He was also past President of the Cherryvale Sanitation District, a member of the St. Andrews Society of Colorado, and a member and past President of the Arapahoe Tennis Club. He supported the Wounded Warrior Project among many others.
An avid fly fisherman, he spent as much time as possible fishing the great rivers of the Rockies. He also climbed many 14ers and cross country skied to most of the 10th Mtn. Division huts. And, in the Spring, he could be spotted in town in his traditional Scottish garb at the Kirkin' (Blessing) of the Tartans at St. John's. His generosity knew no bounds. Nick was a mentor to many of his younger colleagues and is described by all as a true gentleman. He touched so many lives with his wit and kindness.
Nick and his wife, Carol, have two sons, Tyler and Brad. He was preceded in death by his father, Lloyd, his mother, Louise, and his sister, Ann. In addition to his immediate family, Nick is survived by his brother, Ned, and his two grandchildren, Wynne and Wells Mathers, along with other loved in-laws and their children.


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Published in www.denverpost.com on May 16, 2021.
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May 16, 2021
Dear Carol,

What a wonderful history of Nick and deserving tribute you have put together in today’s publication. I thought I knew him well, but learned things about him today for the first time. Nick was truly a dear friend and will be sorely missed by all who knew him. Please keep in touch about a celebration of Nick’s life as I will do my best to be with you and your family.

Lots of love,

Steve Cummings
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