Zoeller Funeral Home

615 Landa, New Braunfels, TX


Patrick Darden Mathis DVM

February 10, 1943January 21, 2020

Patrick “Pat” Darden Mathis, DVM passed away the morning of January 21, 2020. Pat was born on February 3, 1943 to Bill and Jacqueline “Jackie” (Kinsloe) Mathis in San Antonio, Texas and was the oldest of seven children. At a high school football game in Blanco, Texas, Pat met the love of his life, Leila Ann “Lee” Hobrecht. They were married in 1964 while he attended Southwest Texas State University. In 1965, he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture before they moved to Stillwater, OK where he attended Oklahoma State University. He graduated from OSU in 1967 with a Master of Science in Reproductive Physiology. The couple then moved to College Station when Pat was accepted into the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine. During their time there, their daughter, Laura, and son, Clay, were born. In 1971, Pat received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. After graduation, Dr. Mathis and his family moved to Stephenville where he worked at a veterinary clinic until 1973 when he bought the Comal Animal Clinic in New Braunfels and started his own practice. Dr. Mathis retired from veterinary medicine in 2010 after a total of 39 years as a veterinarian. Over his years as a veterinarian in New Braunfels, he worked on large, small and exotic animals. Dr. Mathis taught, encouraged and influenced many of the young people who crossed his path. Eight of his former employees went on to become veterinarians as well. Pat is preceded in death by his parents, Bill and Jackie Mathis and two infant brothers. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Lee Mathis. His daughter Laura (Richard) Anderson and son Clay (Rhonda) Mathis. His brothers: Gary (Judy) Mathis and Wayne (Karla) Mathis. His sisters: Jan (Harry) Forbes, Michele Mathis, Roselyn Gass and Roxanna Doring. He is also survived by his grandchildren: Colby Anderson, Caitlin (Kade) Kincannon, Morgan Mathis, Kade Anderson, Miles Mathis, Claire Anderson and Amy Kaye Mathis as well as three great-grandchildren: Casyn and Emory Anderson and Ryleigh Kincannon. He also leaves behind numerous nieces and nephews and their children. The family would like to thank Sodalis Memory Care in San Marcos for their assistance and care. Funeral Services will take place on Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. at New Braunfels Bible Church, followed by burial at Blanco Cemetery. Reception to follow. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to: Dr. Ed Grist Memorial Veterinary Scholarship c/o CCVMA 1121 Eikel St, New Braunfels, TX 78130.


  • Funeral Service Saturday, January 25, 2020
  • Graveside Service Saturday, January 25, 2020
  • Reception Saturday, January 25, 2020


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Kyle Friesenhahn

January 23, 2020

Dr. Mathis was my fur babies’ caretaker for 11 years before his retirement. He was an extraordinary Vet and an even kinder man. So sorry for his passing. He left a great legacy at Comal Animal Clinic.

Travis Deen, DVM

January 23, 2020

We were very saddened to learn of Pat's passing. I was a veterinary classmate of Pat's, class of '71, at A&M. I remember Pat as a quiet caring individual and friend even though we had not seen each other for many years. He was an excellent veterinarian and will be missed by his clients and friends. Lee was a good friend of my wife Carol and other student wives while we were in veterinary school. Our thoughts and prayers are with Pat and Lee's family at this time. He will be missed by all of our veterinary classmates.

Travis and Carol Deen
PO Box 607
Wills Point, Texas 75169


January 22, 2020

Ken and I admired Pat very much as a kind person and a wonderful caring vet. My sincere condolences to Lee and the entire family. You are in my thoughts and prayers and my heart aches for your loss.

Cody Fry

January 22, 2020

Dr. Mathis was a wonderful man. My family and I had the privilege to get to know Dr. and Mrs. Mathis because of our friendship with Clay and Rhonda and their family. Each year they come and support Morgan, Miles, and Amy Kaye at our local stock show, and from day one they supported us as well. They made us feel like family too. They are special people and Dr. Mathis will be missed, but it warms my heart to know that he’s made it Home! Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Love, Cody, Dawn and the Fry kids