Marvin David Mathia, Sr. was born on April 4th, 1938 in Kansas City, KS to Henry David and Victoria Thulin Mathia. He passed away on November 15th, 2023 at his home in Yukon, OK.
At age 14 Marvin began working at the Harvey House at Union Station in Kansas City, MO. He went on to graduate from Wyandotte High School in Kansas City, KS. He attended college with aspirations to be a sports journalist, but due to health reasons and family obligations he was unable to pursue that as a career. Instead, Marvin began a career in the trucking industry working for Roadway Express until health forced an early retirement. His job with Roadway led him to be promoted to terminal manager and he was transferred to Oklahoma City, making his home in Yukon since 1972.
Marvin married the love of his life (Helen) Marie Bryant on April 20th, 1957 and from this union was blessed with three children, Lolly (Laura), David, and Dan. Marvin enjoyed sports of all kinds and could tell you all the stats. He was an extremely intelligent, well-read man who was always willing to share information and advice. Most of all he loved his family, and he loved teaching his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He took immense joy in watching them play, grow, and thrive. Marvin touched many lives over the years and will forever influence us.
Marvin affectionately referred to Marie as “Rie” and she lovingly called him “Thi”. They had the most special bond. Through many health challenges their devotion to each other never wavered.
Marvin was preceded in death by his parents and siblings. He is survived by his wife Marie, children Laura “Lolly” Griffin (husband Brent), son Marvin David Mathia, Jr., and son Daniel Mathia (wife Diana), grandchildren Jeffrey and Andrew “Andy” Griffin, Chris and Courtney Mathia, Joe, Pat and Nate Mathia, eight great-grandchildren, and special family friend Carol Davis.
Special thanks to Dr. Anderson and the nurses and team at the Oklahoma Heart Hospital and Russell-Murray Hospice.
A graveside service will be held on Saturday, November 18th at 2 pm at the Yukon Cemetery, followed by a Celebration of Life at the Zion Lutheran Church in Oklahoma City.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Porphyria Foundation in his memory at https://porphyriafoundation.org/get-involved/donate/. Marvin was a rare individual in many ways. In the 1970s he studied for several months at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD. He was a pioneer in the study of Acute Intermittent Porphyria and faced many challenges from this diagnosis. He met those challenges with optimism and Marie faced them by his side the entire way. They were a formidable team.
Online condolences may be signed at http://www.yandafuneral.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Yanda & Son Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Yukon, OK.