Larry Wayne Mathews, 1949–2018

Larry Wayne Mathews, 1949–2018

Larry became an angel on Feb. 1, 2018. He was born in Anadarko, Okla., on July 30, 1949, to Donald and Betty Jane Mathews. He moved to Tehachapi two years later with his family. Larry graduated from Tehachapi High School, where he played baseball and basketball, in 1967. He was always a Warrior, attending every high school reunion and planning most of them. He was so proud to have made it to his 50-year high school reunion last August.

Larry was drafted for Vietnam, where he served four years in the Army, being stationed in Germany with his wife and son. Once he returned home, he started working for CCI, where he was a sergeant. He retired from CCI after working there 17 years. He then went to work for Jack in the Box, where he always had a smile on his face to greet his favorite customers for morning coffee. Later, working for the paint shop downtown, he helped countless customers pick out paint and even when they came in with a specific paint color, he would soon have them realize that it wasn’t the color for them, and they would walk out with a different color than what they came for.

Larry was a great man, always willing to help anyone who asked. He loved making and building things, cooking massive amounts of food, and having people over for barbecues. He would hop in the car and drive to Stateline to one of the casinos at the drop of a penny. He loved his family dearly and was always bragging about his kids and grandkids.

Larry is survived by his son, Justin DeWayne Mathews; daughter, Pyper Lyn Chambers, her husband, Casey Chambers, and their kids, Henry, Alyce and Ryann; sister, Donna Mathews and Russell Anderson; nephew, Joey Samora; brother, Jim Mathews and Leslie Perkins.

He was preceded in death by his father, Donald Mathews; his mother, Betty Jane Mathews; son-in-law, Chad Behner; and former spouse, Lynda Mathews.

Larry will be missed terribly, but he will always be in our hearts.

Funeral arrangements were made with the assistance of Wood Family Funeral Service. For condolences please visit

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