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Ronald "Ron" J Mathis

October 11, 1945 January 3, 2012
Ronald "Ron" J Mathis
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Ronald “Ron” J. Mathis passed away at his home in Brookings, Ore. on January 3, 2012 surrounded by his family. He was 66. Ron was born October 11, 1945 in San Francisco, Calif. to Gene and Terese (Benoit) Mathis. He grew up and attended elementary school there before the family moved to Hayward. Ron attended high school there until entering the US Air Force in 1964. Following an honorable discharge, he attended Chabot Junior College in Hayward. While there he learned of an opportunity in law enforcement in Logan, Utah. Ron moved there and began what would be a 20 year career with the Logan Police Department. While there Ron was recognized often for his devotion to programs to enhance the safety of the community. He also furthered his education at both Utah State University and Webber State College. He later retired and moved to the Oregon Coast. There Ron began to more earnestly pursue his Catholic faith. He enrolled in religious education classes at Mt. Angel and volunteered as a chaplain for Pelican Bay State Prison. Later, in 2008, Ron would move to a full-time position as Catholic Chaplain at the prison. He was a member of Star of the Sea Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus and the National Associations of Chaplains. Ron enjoyed reading and studying, and walks on the beach. In his earlier years he also enjoyed golfing, scuba diving and skiing. He will be missed by his family and his local family which included his daily morning gathering at the Brookings Starbucks. Survivors include his daughter, Renee Rodriguez and her husband, Robert of Watsonville, Calif., son, Steve Johnson and his wife, Jennifer of San Jose, Calif., mother, Terese Mathis of Sacramento, Calif., grandchildren, Joshua and Jonathon Rodriguez, Zachary and Alexander Johnson, sisters, Susan, Nancy and Gail and a brother, Michael. Memorial contributions may be made to Star of the Sea Catholic Church, 820 Old County Rd., Brookings, OR 97415 or to Coastal Home Health & Hospice, PO Box 493, Gold Beach, OR 97444. A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30am on Monday, January 9, 2012 at Star of the Sea Catholic Church, 820 Old County Rd. in Brookings. Father Luan Nguyen and Deacon Leo Appel will officiate. Recitation of the Holy Rosary will precede the Mass at 10:00am at the Church. A graveside committal will follow the Mass at W. J. Ward Memorial Cemetery followed by a luncheon in the Parish Hall at Star of the Sea.

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