Clair D. Mathson, 59

Clair Mathson, 59, of Thief River Falls, passed away on Friday, September 14, 2018 on the family farm, as was his desire, under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley and his family
Funeral services were held on Monday, September 17, 2018 at St. Pauli Lutheran Church rural Thief River Falls, with Pastor Carl Hansen officiating. Burial at St. Pauli Cemetery.
Clair Dale Mathson was born May 11, 1959 to Clayton and Inez (Hagen) Mathson. Clair was baptized and confirmed at St. Pauli Lutheran Church in rural Thief River Falls. Clair attended Knox Elementary and graduated from Lincoln High School with the class of 1977.
Clair worked hard all his life, starting out on the family farm and driving truck for various trucking firms in Thief River Falls. Clair was married to Debra Cleven and to this marriage was born one son. Clair later moved to Las Vegas, NV and worked as an Auto Mechanic at Golden Auto. He later used his creative talents as a cabinet maker. Clair was married to Cari Abrao in Las Vegas and to this marriage was born a daughter.
After twenty years in Nevada, Clair returned to the family farm and was employed as a shift supervisor at 7 Clans Casino. Clair retired in August of 2017 due to illness and spent the last year doing what he enjoyed most-growing beautiful flowers, wandering around the farm and making stuff (including woodworking and baked goods). Clair loved to bake treats for his co-workers at the casino.
Clair is survived by his mother, Inez Mathson; siblings, Brenda (Jeff) Nielsen, Bruce (Shelley) Mathson, Chris (Bruce) Carter and Brian Mathson. Clair is also survived by two children, Travis Mathson and Kayla Mathson; step-son Bryan Cleven; three aunts, Judy Mason, Shirley (Ron) Smith and Joyce (Darrel) Qualley; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Clair is preceded in death by his father Clayton in 2013.
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