Henry George Mathis II
SANDY - Henry George Mathis II passed away peacefully on March 30, 2009 in Sandy at the age of 84.
He was born on Sept. 28, 1924 in Price to George and Anna Mathis.
He was an active member of the LDS Church.
Henry was a decorated veteran of WWII. He flew numerous combat missions over Japan as chief gunnery officer on a B-29 with the 330th Bombardment Group.
He had the distinction of being the only member of the U.S. Air Force to boost the morale of his comrades by singing and playing his clarinet through a microphone broadcast to flight crews in formation.
He was a highly respected, professional musician in Utah for more than 70 years. He played saxophone and sang with the popular Ted Johnson Orchestra, which performed at the famous Sky Room of the Hotel Utah for 18 years running as well as other popular venues like the Ambassador Club and the Salt Lake Country Club.
Throughout his life, he had been called on routinely to sing at weddings and funerals, and had been a soloist in musicals and community performances of Handel's "Messiah."
Following his retirement from the U.S, Postal Service, he enjoyed traveling the country and Mexico with his wife and brothers and sisters in their RVs, house-boating at Lake Powell and spending time with his children and grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, Beverlee Ann Mathis; two sisters, Lois (Owen) Schupe and Jane (Calvin) Johnson; and a brother, Robert (Roma) Mathis. He is survived by his spouse of 10 years, Lorraine Mathis; sons, Wesley (Vicki) Mathis and Randy Mathis; 7 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren; 4 siblings, Agnes (Lafe) Brown, John (Pat) Mathis, William (Ann) Mathis, and Frank (Marie) Mathis; brother-in-law, Van (Marilyn) Washburn; and sister-in-law, Nilene Ryan.
Funeral services will be Thursday, April 2, 10 a.m., at the Murray 23rd LDS Ward, 755 East Three Fountains Drive (4990 S.), where friends and family may call 9 to 9:45 a.m. prior to services. Interment will be Thursday, 2 p.m., at the Price City Cemetery.
Online condolences: www.peelfuneralhome.com.
The family wishes to express its appreciation those from Sunbrook Hospice and Crosslands Rehab Center for the outstanding care they provided to Henry.