Leland B. "Bud" Mather Jr.

May 1, 1928September 27, 2013

Leland B. “Bud” Mather, Jr., 85, of Clearfield, passed away Friday, September 27, 2013 at Mt. Laurel Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Mr. Mather was born on May 1, 1928 at Clearfield, a son of the late Leland B. Mather Sr., and the late Mary Frances (McDowell) Mather.

He is survived by two daughters; Cynthia A. LaMantia and Wayne Kaufman of Lima, OH and Elizabeth A. Scott of Pittsburgh, four granddaughters; Emily M. LaMantia-Brand and her husband Matt of Sherrills Ford, NC, Elizabeth A., and Erin A. LaMantia of Lima, OH, and Katherine D. Scott of Pittsburgh, a great grandson, Vincent W. Brand and a number of cousins.

Mr. Mather was a 1946 graduate of Clearfield Area High School and had attended a number of classes and seminars connected with the newspaper profession.

He was a member of the Pennsylvania Associated Press Managing Editors Association and served as president in 1974. He was also a member of the Pennsylvania Society of Newspaper Editors.

Mr. Mather started his career at The Progress in 1946 working first in the press room where he dispatched papers from the press.

He began his sports writing career when approached by Edwin Flegal, a member of the Clearfield Area Junior High School faculty, who was assisting at The Progress in the 1940’s as World War II was winding down.

Mr. Mather worked with Mr. Flegal, LeRoy M. Sunday, Preston Peightal and George A. Scott early in his career at The Progress.

He was proud to have voted in every election since 1946.

Mr. Mather has been a member of the Rotary Club of Clearfield for more than 60 years and served as club president from 1964 to 1965. He was named a Paul Harris Fellow in 1988.

He was a member of the West Side United Methodist Church where he served as a trustee for a number of years and chaired the administrative board for 25 years.

Mr. Mather was a charter member of the Clearfield County Region Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame; served 24 years as a member of the Clearfield Borough Planning Commission; and was a member of the Route 219 Association for a number of years; the Clearfield Hospital Authority; the Clearfield Community/Lock Haven University advisory committee; served on the Bucktail Boy Scouts of America Committee to plan the 50th anniversary of the Order of the Arrow Chapter; the Clearfield Frie Department; the Clearfield Community Swimming Pool Association; the Clearfield B.P.O. Elks Lodge No. 540; and the Clearfield Chamber of Commerce Board of Governors.

He was a member of the Clearfield American Legion John Lewis Shade Post No. 6, where he was past historian for many years. He served in the National Guard and U.S. Army seeing active duty with Battery A, 200th Armored Field Artillery Battalion in Clearfield and Ft. Campbell, KY., during the Korean Conflict.

Mr. Mather returned from active duty in 1952 when he joined Editor Scott and others on the news team. He succeeded Richard B. Irwin as managing editor in 1955 and was named editor upon the retirement in 1977 of Mr. Scott.

Friends will be received at the Bennett and Houser Funeral Home, Inc., Clearfield on Tuesday, October 1, 2013 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 P.M. and on Wednesday at the church from 10:00 A.M. until the hour of services.

Funeral services will be held at the West Side United Methodist Church, Clearfield on Wednesday, October 2, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. with Rev. Dr. Joleen A. Willis officiating. Interment will be in Hillcrest Cemetery.

The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the West Side United Methodist Church, 317 Nichols St., Clearfield, PA 16830 or the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

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  • Visitation Tuesday, October 1, 2013
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Leland B. "Bud" Mather Jr.

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Sue Griep

October 7, 2013

Dear Cindy and family...
My father Paul Price and your dad were newspaper men together for years upon years. I grew up knowing your fathers name before I met him. When I moved to Clearfield, he was so welcoming and helpful as I found my way in the community. He was just such a great man, and reminded me so of my own father in many ways. Please accept my deepest sympathies to you and your family on this loss of such a special gentleman. PS. brother was Tom Price from Juniata College days with you. God Bless.
Sue Griep, Tyrone Pa.

Debbie Marsh

October 4, 2013

Oh, Betsy. I send you my thoughts and prayers. Losing a parent is a crushing blow...and yet I hope you find some peace in the knowledge that he will live on through you, and your child and your sister's children.

daniel hastings

October 1, 2013

Bud was always a big family supporter. I am especially appreciative of all the help he gave to my Mother and my Aunt Lenore in their later years. He also wrote a very fine summary of my Air Force career for the Progress when I retired. He will be sorely missed.

Frank Roessner

October 1, 2013

Condolences to Bud's daughters, his extended family and his many friends.

My father (we were related to Bud) greatly enjoyed his company at work and at family functions. Dad always said you find good people working at newspapers, and Bud was one of the best. I had the pleasure of working with him for a few years in the newsroom, where he was a kind and wise mentor with a wonderful sense of humor.

Bud was a "Clearfield guy," deeply involved in his community in many ways, providing outstanding service for decades. He was a treasure and he will be missed.

Sue Taraila

October 1, 2013

Betsy, Cindy and family, For as long as I can remember your father was always such a presence in your home, community and especially the Progress. I remember going to your house when you lived on Turnpike Avenue and your father would be home. He never had a lot to say but when he did say something you knew it was something worth listening too. If there is any comfort in knowing, I am sure your father is starting a new newspaper as you read this.
God bless you and your family,

September 30, 2013

My sympathy to the family. Bud was one of my best friends all the time we knew each other. He "looked after me" as an older guy in high school, and that didn't end with graduation. Time eventually separated us, but I have always valued his friendship and wisdom. A truly great guy!

Walter Stewart

September 30, 2013

Elizabeth- I'm so sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. I read his entire obituary and he certainly achieved a great deal in his lifetime. As a former Journalism and Communications major myself, I was very impressed with his career. With all of the honors bestowed on him, I know he must of been a cherished citizen to the Clearfield community.
Please know my prayers are with you and your family during this sad time. All of your happy memories will help to sustain you through the hard times.

Love, Val Sarda