Howard Joseph Mathiason, 94, of West Jordan, Utah, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Thursday July 28, 2022. He was born on April 23, 1928 to William and Bessie King Mathiason of Old Lyme, CT.
He proudly served his country from 1948 – 1950 in the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division as a parachutist and received a World War II Victory medal. Howard moved to Simsbury, CT when he married his loving wife Helen Koseski on June 8, 1957. They enjoyed their life together until her passing in 2008 after 51 years of marriage. In 2010, he moved to Salt Lake City, UT to live with his son, Walter.
Howard was employed by Pratt & Whitney Aircraft in East Hartford, CT and retired in 1990 after 40 years of dedicated service. In his retirement, he and Helen enjoyed gardening and traveling that included annual trips to Newport, RI and camping trips to Otis, MA with their children and grandchildren. While in Utah, he enjoyed short excursions to many of the natural sites both in Utah and neighboring states, including Zion, Bryce Canyon and Yellowstone National parks.
Howard is survived by his sons, Walter Mathiason and wife Tracy of West Jordan, UT, Leonard Mathiason and wife Ann of Denton, TX; daughter Catherine Mathiason of Torrington, CT; and daughters-in-law Deborah Mathiason of Salt Lake City, UT and Lisa Thweatt of Donalds, SC. His grandchildren include Melinda Swiniarski of Tariffville, CT and Christopher Mathiason and wife Grace of Pearland, TX; their daughters Hazel and Amelia Mathiason are his great-grandchildren.
Besides his wife Helen, Howard was predeceased by his parents William and Bessie Mathiason; brothers William and Winfield Mathiason; sisters Elizabeth Dimock, Barbara Simmons and Beverly Nickerson; and grandchildren Elizabeth, Matthew and Johnathan Mathiason.