Contributor. One of the founders of the Nebraska High School Sports Hall of Fame, Jerry Mathers spent his life teaching, coaching and serving as a totally-consumed-in-it historian of high school sports. He authored three books on history and records for Nebraska high school sports and was the first historian of the Nebraska High School Sports Hall of Fame. His co-authored “Pages of History”, which provided a page for every high school in existence, small or large, between 1854-1994. A Mathers motto: “There’s still forgotten records out there in many small Nebraska towns and I want them”. For nearly thirty years he taught and/or coached at Lyons, Platteview, Winnebago and McCool Junction.
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.
Memorials may be directed to the Nebraska High School Sports Hall of Fame or to the family.