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Obituary for Harry Mathews

April 30, 1931 - April 5, 2018
Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas | Age 86


Harry Mathews, dubbed "Prince Harry" by his grandchildren, truly was a prince among men. A loving husband, father, brother and friend, Harry was known for always having a smile on his face, a twinkle in his eye and a kind word for everyone. His homespun charm, great sense of humor, sweet nature and strong character earned him many friends and admirers.

Harry was born in Dalhart, Texas during the Dust Bowl, and was proud of his small town roots. His great personality and character were largely influenced by his parents' strong work ethic and values and his grandmother's Bible stories.
As a teen, Harry boxed in the Golden Gloves competition and did some real "Texas Cowboying." He also played drums in a band, called the Circle Arrow Boys, performing live on a Dalhart radio program every Saturday. After graduation, he married his high school sweetheart, Loisjane Funk, and they enjoyed 57 years of marriage.

Harry served his country in the U.S. Air Force, where he was trained as an air traffic controller. Upon discharge, he joined the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as an air traffic controller at the Amarillo, Austin and San Antonio International Airports. He spent his off-hours taking college classes and getting his pilot's license.
Harry and Loisjane started a family bringing four wonderful sons and a daughter into this world. Harry always made time for his kids – taking them camping and fishing in Colorado and Texas.

Always one to stay busy, Harry started a second career as a charter pilot with Chaparral Aviation, which was eventually acquired by Raytheon Aviation. He logged over 10,000 flight hours and flew into all 48 contiguous U.S. states. He flew many dignitaries, including President George W. Bush, First Lady Barbara Bush, Governor Ann Richards, Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, civil rights leader Jesse Jackson and many others. Harry moved into the management ranks, and earned Raytheon's prestigious Manager of the Year award, before finally retiring for good at the age of 75.

Throughout his life, Harry was very active in the church, singing with the choir, teaching Sunday school and serving as a deacon at various churches in the communities where he lived. Given his love of flying, it's no surprise that he loved speed and rode motorcycles through the Hill Country on weekends with a group of professionals. Harry also loved golf, baseball, tennis and swimming.

After losing Loisjane, Harry started a new chapter of his life and connected with a friend, Barbara Fields. After a three-year courtship, Harry and Barbara married in 2011. Altogether they had ten wonderful years, and enjoyed travelling in Europe and the Caribbean. Most of all, Harry loved their beach trips to North Carolina where he would swim in the ocean and eat copious amounts of seafood.

Harry is survived by his wife Barbara; children Scott, Bryan, Doug and Mark Mathews (Shannon); and grandchildren Manna, Addison and Stephen. He was preceded in death by his first wife Loisjane, and their daughter Karen. He also is survived by his stepchildren Joanna Weidman (Gordon) and Robert Fields (Robin) and their children Barley, Karsten, Cotton and Katrina.

Visitation will be held on Monday, April 9 at 7 p.m. at Porter Loring North, 2102 N. Loop 1604 East. The memorial service will be on Tuesday, April 10 at 3 p.m. at Alamo Heights Presbyterian Church, 6201 Broadway.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alamo Heights Presbyterian Church Choir, 6201 Broadway, San Antonio, TX 78209.

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2102 North Loop 1604 East
San Antonio, TX 78232
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