Leonard (Len) James Mathison, a man with a heart of gold, returned home to his Father and Mother in Heaven Tuesday May 6, 1997.

He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and friend. Len had the ability to make friends out of complete strangers as if he had known them for years. Len loved his hobby as Ham Radio Operator. The family all thought it was the perfect hobby for him, because he was such a `Ham` himself.Born Dec. 12, 1919 in Salt Lake City, Utah, son of James and Sadie Mathison.

He married his sweetheart Helen Heiner in the Salt Lake Temple, Nov. 17 1942. He worked hard for his family but always found time for them. Len loved and proudly served his country in World War II. He was active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and had a pure love for Heavenly Father and His Son Jesus Christ.

His family is very grateful for the wonderful times they have shared together. We will miss him and remember him always.

He is survived by his loving wife, Helen, his four children: Dwight (Ilene) Mathison, Sherry (Doug) Pieper, Karen Croston, Mark (Susan) Mathison, 19 grandchildren: Jason, Laura, Mary, Amy, Crystel, Emily, Sarah, Adam, Tara, Aaron, David, Ryon, Kristy, Heather, Heidi, Hollie, Amelia, Hannah; Sister, LaVerne Bartlett, and precious aunts, Pat Lomax and Donna Seguin. Preceded in death by granddaughter Tamara Staples.

We will be forever grateful for Dr. Lee Burke and Heidi, his nurse, and for Dr. Thomas Dietz, for their friendship and and loving care.

Funeral services will be Saturday, May 10, 1997, 12 noon, at, Parleys First Ward Chapel, 2350 South 2100 East. Friends may call Friday 6-8 pm, at the Holbrook Mortuary, 3251 South 2300 East, and at the Church on Saturday for one hour prior to the services. Interment: Mt. View Memorial Estates. Directors: Holbrook Mortuary

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