Obituary of Larry Richard Mather |

Obituary of Larry Richard Mather

Larry Richard Mather passed away on April 1, 2016 in Grass Valley, CA, from complications of Parkinson’s disease. He was 74.

Larry was born in 1941 to Martha and Richard Mather in Orange, CA. He was the oldest of three children. He attended Harvey Mudd College, graduating with honors in Mathematics in 1963. In 1969 he received a Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics from the Univ. Illinois. He worked from 1969-87 for Hewlett-Packard and continued to consult for them for several years. He moved to Nevada County in 1989, where he was a freelance consultant for various tech companies. In 1998 he became a teacher in the Computer Integrated Electronics (now Mechatronics) department at Sierra College, where he worked until he retired in 2010.

Larry was a man of many interests, always curious and wanting to know more about the world around him. He surrounded himself with books and could not leave a bookstore empty handed, a habit he passed on to his children. He was also a river rafter, avid hiker, and loved to dance. He continued to learn African dance until he was 71, when his health no longer permitted it.

He is survived by his wife of 28 years Kristine Jessen-Mather; their three daughters Kirstin Mather, Jana Mather and Daele Mather; his two daughters, Theresa Mather and Stephanie May, from his first marriage with Wendy Reed; and his sister Roxanne Wood. He has one grandson, Alistair May, who he adored; as well as too many nieces and nephews to name.

There will be a Celebration of Life from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., on Sat. June 18, at Sierra Friends Center, Meetinghouse, 13075 Woolman Lane, Nevada City. Please dress casually.

In lieu of flowers, he would have appreciated it if those who cared for him planted a tree, took a hike, worked in a garden, danced, or contributed to a worthy cause such as SYRCL or Sierra Club as befitting a man who loved the world around him.

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