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Larry Frank Mathena

May 31st, 1945 - March 8th, 2024

Larry F. Mathena went home peacefully to his Lord and Savior on March 8, 2024 at the age of 78.  Larry was a loving husband, dad, brother, grandfather, and friend adored and respected by many.  Larry was born in Sherman, Texas in May 1945.  He and his family moved to Colorado at a young age, most of it spend in the Fort Collins area.

  

Larry and his wife, Carol, were married for 56 wonderful years.  Larry was an Army veteran and a first-generation graduate of Anthropology at Colorado State University.  He enjoyed his career in sales, and especially enjoyed managing his pawn shop.  He had a vast knowledge of guns and anything outdoors.  Larry greatly enjoyed camping and fishing which he passed on his love of this to his daughter and grandson.  He was an avid bird watcher and loved growing a variety of roses.  Larry also had a love of photography and produced beautiful pictures of nature.  He also loved his volunteer time with Nightwalker, an organization that assisted Native Americans.  Larry was a man who loved his God and read his bible every day.  He deeply loved his family, the outdoors, NASCAR, and his pets.  He was a very generous sole with a kind heart.

 

Larry is survived by his wife, Carol Mathena, a daughter, Terri Ratzlaff and her husband Scott Ratzlaff, a grandson, Harrison Ratzlaff and his wife Rachelle Lyle-Ratzlaff, his brothers Michael Mathena and Robert Mathena with his partner Diane, and many nieces and nephews, and in-laws.  He is preceded by his parents and sister, Mary Lou Berig, and sister-in-law Mary Jane Mathena.

 

Thank you to Pathways Hospice for their excellent care of Larry during his last months.  Larry was able to keep his sense of humor throughout his illness.  We greatly appreciate each and every one who brought Larry peace, and he looked forward to your visits.  

 

A celebration of life will be held at Viegut Funeral Home in Loveland on Saturday, March 16, at 10:30 a.m.  In lieu of flowers (roses were his favorite), please consider donating to Pathways at 305 Carpenter Road, Fort Collins, CO 80525.

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Richard and Cheri Pineda

Carol, We are sorry we can't attend Larry's service. He was very special to me and I always loved his teasing and his great hugs, and the special kiss on my cheek. Richard often wears the Army cap Larry gave to him and feels great sorrow in losing a fellow Veteran. We both look forward to being with Larry in heaven. Thank the Lord we all believe in our Saving Savior. Cheri and Richard

Published March 15th, 2024
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Robert Mathena

You will be dearly missed. Thank you for being my brother great times and memories. I'll always love you. R.I.P

Published March 13th, 2024
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Becky

My Uncle Larry will be very missed and forever be in my heart. I love spending time with him and my Aunt and Cousin when I was growing up. Arrow head hunting and nature was always fun with him, I had learned a lot from him. Give Mom and Grandma my love when you get to heaven. Until we meet again. Love you

Published March 13th, 2024
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Terri

I will miss my Dad so much. What he taught me about life is priceless. He loved his Lord dearly and would talk to me about scriptures in the bible all the time. He taught me how to fish, hunt, and enjoy nature. One of my favorite pics is attached. He loved being up in the mountains and taking beautiful pictures that we will always enjoy. Say hi to Jesus for me, I love you always.

Published March 14th, 2024
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Sharon Heiden Inloes

Dear Carol, I am so very sorry for your loss. Larry was a super guy, and he will be missed. God's peace to you and your family. I remember your beautiful wedding. Sharon Heiden Inloes

Published March 13th, 2024
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Timothy S Lanham

It's with a heavy heart that I reminisce about Larry Mathena, a man who left an indelible mark on my life as both a mentor and a friend. Larry's presence in the world of car sales was legendary, and his passing leaves a void that can never truly be filled. I remember the days when I first stepped foot into the high-pressure world of car sales, feeling overwhelmed by the fast-paced environment and the competitive nature of the business. It was Larry who took me under his wing, showing me the ropes with patience and kindness. He was more than just a colleague; he was a mentor in every sense of the word. Larry had a way of making even the most challenging situations seem manageable, and his guidance was instrumental in shaping my career in sales. Years passed, and I eventually found myself branching out into the world of pawnshops. When I opened Mister Money pawnshop, I knew I wanted Larry by my side once again. Despite the years that had passed since we worked together in car sales, Larry didn't hesitate to join me in this new venture. His wealth of experience and unwavering support were invaluable as we navigated the complexities of the pawnshop industry together. Working alongside Larry in the pawnshop brought us even closer together. Despite the demands of running a business, we made sure to carve out time for our shared passion: fishing. There's something about being out on the water that brings people together, and Larry and I cherished the moments we spent casting lines and swapping stories. But life is full of twists and turns, and eventually, Larry felt the call to pursue his own dreams of owning a pawnshop. Though I was sad to see him go, I couldn't have been prouder to see him strike out on his own. His determination and drive were as strong as ever, and I knew he would succeed in whatever path he chose. As I reflect on the memories I shared with Larry, I am filled with gratitude for the impact he had on my life. From mentor to colleague to friend, he was a guiding light in every sense of the word. Though he may be gone, his spirit lives on in the lessons he taught me and the memories we shared. Rest in peace, Larry Mathena, and tight lines wherever you may be.

Published March 12th, 2024
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