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Hall of Fame Inductee -- 1997

Jerry Mathers, Lincoln

Contributor--A Hartington native who taught and coached for 29 years at Lyons, Platteview, Winnebago and McCool Junction. In the process, he became the consummate high school sports fan. Authored three books of history and records for all Nebraska high school sports. Historian of the Nebraska High School Sports Hall of Fame. A Mathers motto: "There's still forgotten records out there in many small Nebraska towns and I want them."

Jerry D. Mathers
Lincoln resident, 67,
died Thursday, May 8, 2003, in Lincoln.

He was born March 5, 1936 in Wynot. He taught school for 26 years at Springfield-Platteview, Lyons, Winnebago and McCool Junction public schools. He served as a board member for the Nebraska High School Sports Hall of Fame and was inducted into the Nebraska High School Sports Hall of Fame in 1997. He received a heart transplant in 1990 and was grateful for 13 more years of life.

The father of six children, Mathers was born in Wynot, Neb., in 1936 and grew up in Hartington. He lived for a time in California.

Mathers had prepared an updated edition of his record book in 2000, taking orders for more than 700 advance copies, but encountered legal problems with a Lincoln printer. The matter has yet to be resolved or the book printed. 

Memorials may be directed to the Nebraska High School Sports Hall of Fame or to the family.