Raymond “Ray” Lloyd Mathis died July 26 in Auburn. He was 82.

Memorial services will be held at 3 p.m., Aug. 11, at St. Canice Center, 236 Reward Street in Nevada City.

Mr. Mathis was born Jan. 4, 1926, in Oakland to Raymond F. Mathis and Madred Lilly Lawson. He graduated from Campbell High School and from San Jose State University with a degree in psychology. He served in the Navy during World War II as a cook aboard the USS Sperry and was stationed on Guam. He married Helen J. Mathis on June 3, 1967, in Pacific Grove.

Mr. Mathis was a resident of Grass Valley for more than 35 years. He moved here in 1973 with his wife and worked as a real estate agent and general contractor. In the years before he moved to Grass Valley, he served in the Peace Corp in Sierra Leone, Africa, where he built a children’s clinic. He was a land developer and homebuilder in Saratoga where he developed the Toll Gate subdivision, built many homes and two convalescent hospitals.

Mr. Mathis was a golfer and an Alta Sierra Country Club member for many years. He was an avid pilot, gardener and fisherman. He and his wife loved to entertain and traveled extensively. He was a member of Sons of the Golden West, Kiwanis, California Builder’s Association, and the Common Wealth Club.

Mr. Mathis is survived by his wife, Helen J. Mathis of Grass Valley; five children, Daniel Mathis of Forest Hill, Scott Mathis of Tahoe City, Martin Mathis of Saratoga, Paula Mathis of Laguna Beach, and Randall Pennrich of Windsor; six grandchildren, and many friends and other family members who all loved him and will miss him terribly.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Doris Sekavec.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to The Mathis Family Fund, c/o the Orange County Community Foundation, 30 Corporate Park, Suite 410, Irvine, CA, 92606.

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