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Herbert “Herb” Clifton Mathis (81)


Herbert “Herb” Clifton Mathis (81), of Corpus Christi, TX passed away on 8-4-13.  He was born on December 20, 1931 In Oklahoma.  He was the eighth child of nine, and the youngest son of Eva Edith and William Harrison Mathis.  Herb was raised on a farm in Arizona, and as all young people do, wanted to “see the word”.  After graduating from Peoria High School he decided to join the Navy. 


After four years of service he attended college at Arizona State University (ASU) on the G.I. Bill, earning his Bachelor’s degree.  After college he went back into the service, but this time it was the Army, as a paratrooper.  After this tour of duty he decided it was time to use the degree he earned and stated out as a librarian at Dysart Elementary School (which he also attended as a child).  He later went back to ASU and earned his Doctorate Degree in education. 


With his degree in hand, he was ready to be a High School Principal.  His first contract was in Sanders, Arizona, a small town on the Navajo Indian Reservation.  After four years there he was offered a position at Peoria High School, the same high school he attended as a teenager.  Herb retired  in 1989, after 16 years. 


After some traveling with his wife Deanna, they decided to move to the tropical climate of the Coastal Bend region of South Texas, Corpus Christi, where he spent the remainder of his life.  Herb was very much a family man who loved his wife, children and grandchildren very deeply.  Nothing made him happier than to be surrounded by his family.  In the last few years of his life he suffered from Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.  Herb is survived by his wife of 51 years, Deanna R. Mathis, and his daughters Christine Andre’ (Bob), Kimmie-Jo Mathis Doumis (David), Tamara L. Bennett, his brother Carl W. Mathis, two sisters Dovie D. Reems and Patricia O. Moran (Jim), four grandsons and two granddaughters and his beloved dog, Buddy.  Services were held August 12th. In lieu of flowers the family requested donations to Odyssey Hospice, 5350 S. Staples, Suite 400, Corpus Christi, Texas 78411.  

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