Great Uncle Conrad

I didn’t get to know him very well, but the time I met him he was sure sweet.  We will miss you!

Conrad Harry Mather

Conrad Harry Mather, 94, Smithfield, died in Logan, Utah, on March 29, 2009, from causes incident to age.
He was born March 25, 1915, in Smithfield, Utah, a son of William Mather and Bertha Eleanor Done. In his youth, he helped on the family farm, working the fields, milking cows, and performing other necessary chores. Known by the nickname of “Willie” during his younger years, Conrad graduated from North Cache High School where he played clarinet in the band and was a fullback on the football team. He attended Utah State Agricultural College taking machinist classes.
He met Erma Johnson at North Cache. They were married Sept. 29, 1936, in the Logan LDS Temple. They lived most of their married years in the home they purchased in Smithfield in 1945. Conrad has missed his sweetheart since her death in 2005.
Conrad worked as a machinist for Amalgamated Sugar and Del Monte, hauled milk to Cache Valley Dairy, farmed his land west of Smithfield and operated a small family dairy. He enjoyed traveling, railroads and watching the Utah Jazz. Most especially, he and Erma enjoyed spending time with family and friends. They had a special love for their grandchildren. Many wonderful memories were made through family activities, reunions and Erma’s excellent meals.
He was a high priest in the LDS Church, serving in the priesthood and auxiliary organizations and as an ordinance worker at the Logan LDS Temple.
Conrad is survived by three children, Glayd (Sharon), Gary (Rosa), and Guila (Jeffrey); 22 grandchildren; 46 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Alice. His wife, Erma; a son, Garth (Sharee); and two grandchildren, Gary Jay and Sarahane, preceded him in death. Conrad’s nephews Bill and Jack also lived with them while completing high school.
The family would like to thank the Williamsburg Retirement Home for their kind assistance and care of their father and grandfather. They would also like to thank all of the friends and neighbors for their loving care and companionship over the years.
A viewing will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Nelson Funeral Home, 85 South Main Street, Smithfield, and from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Friday, April 3, at the Smithfield 1st Ward Chapel, 175 South 100 West, Smithfield. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. in the chapel. Interment will be in the Smithfield City Cemetery following the services.

One response to “Great Uncle Conrad

  1. He was my neighbor and friend.
    I sure will miss hanging out on his porch with him this summer… listening to all those stories he had to tell of his younger days.
    His advise to me, always, was “Never get old!”
    Farewell Conrad! Or as he always called himself, “Con-erd.”

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