Mackay Mathis

Sunday, December 17, 2023 6:09 am

Mackay David Mathis, 32, of Harpers Ferry, died Friday, Dec. 15, 2023, from injuries sustained in a UTV accident in rural Harpers Ferry.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Dec. 19, at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Waukon, with Fr. John Moser and Fr. Joseph Sevcik officiating. Burial will follow at St. Joseph’s Paint Rock Cemetery, Harpers Ferry

Friends may greet the family from 3 to 7 p.m. Monday at the church, and then one hour before the service. Martin-Grau Funeral Home in Waukon is handling arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorials will be used to set up a scholarship in Mackay’s name.

Mackay David Mathis was born Sept. 22, 1991, in La Crosse, Wis., the son of David and Karen (Caballero) Mathis. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Ann’s-St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Harpers Ferry. Mackay graduated from Waukon High School in 2010. During his time in school, Mackay met who would become his high school sweetheart and the love of his life, Brooke Wild. The two were married exactly 4.5 years to date as they were married on June 15, 2019, where they had a beautiful wedding at the Wild family farm, which is where he also first proposed to her.

Mackay was known for caring deeply for those he loved and met, and always made a point to make everyone feel like they were somebody. He had a unique energy about him, that was sure to light up any room, and quickly became the life of any party.

He was a man who loved to work, and worked hard at that as he always wanted to provide for his family. He worked as a journeyman lineman for various electrical companies, spending most of his career with MJ Electric. When he wasn’t doing linework, you could find him working alongside his dad at Mathis Field Services that he was also very passionate about.

Mackay enjoyed many hobbies. One of his lifelong hobbies was hunting, in which deer and turkey hunting were his favorite. He especially enjoyed the company it brought while making memories with his family and Milkhouse crew. He loved spending time anyway he could outdoors and had several toys that allowed him to do so. Most recently, he spent his time in his UTV, lawn tractor, or go kart with his family. No vehicle of his was left untouched as he always made sure to add at least one sticker immediately to everything he owned. Some other hobbies included being a proud player of the summer softball league in Harpers Ferry. He learned to enjoy horseback riding with Brooke and camping as a family. Nothing was more important to him than his family, especially his children Wava and Weller, whom he adored and loved more than life itself.

Survivors include his wife Brooke Mathis and their two children: Wava and Weller of Harpers Ferry; his parents, Dave and Karen Mathis of Lansing; a sister, Mara (Casey Bode) Mathis of Prairie Du Chien, W;is.; father and mother-in-law Randy and Louise Wild of Lansing; grandparents Rupert and Martha Caballero of Waukon; a sister-in-law Laurie (Dustin) Wild of Fennimore, Wis.; two brothers-in-law: Doug (Robyn) Wild of Lansing and Nick (Jess) Wild of Waterville; three nieces: Rhealee, Charli, and Ariana; and four nephews: Henry, Cordell, Alex, and Ezra.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents Raymond and Charlotte Mathis; grandparents-in-law Harris and Evelyn Wild and Wilmer and Norma Monserud; and an aunt-in-law Della Fish.

Honorary casketbearers are his IBEW and MJ brothers. Casketbearers are Doug and Nick Wild, Brady Vine, Corey Welsh, Cody Mathis, Dylan Ness, Tanner Johnson, and Matt Snitker.

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