Leslie “Coty” T. Mathson, age 83, of Blair, died on Wednesday, March 16, 2022 in the Gundersen Tri-County Hospital in Whitehall.

Leslie was born November 19, 1938 in Blair to Harry and Mildred (Thompson) Mathson. He attended the Blair High School and was confirmed at the First Lutheran Church in Blair.

Leslie enlisted in the Air force after and school and was sent to Newfoundland to work with traffic control. After his military service he returned to Blair and married Marlene Hoff on July 7, 1962 in the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Arcadia. Together they raised three sons while he worked at Kenosha, Swifts, Tri State Construction and finished 20 years of bridge construction with Lunda.

Leslie enjoyed bowling, hunting duck, pheasant, rabbit, deer, grouse and trout fishing. He loved his time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Leslie is survived by his wife Marlene; three sons, Layne, Mark, and Patrick (Deborah Clare); his brother Keith (Penny); three grandchildren, Jessica (Chris) Collins, Casey (Megan Schultz) Mathson, and Michael Johnson; three great-grandchildren, Brynn Collins, Axtyn Collins, and Drayce Collins; step-grandchildren Erica Schuch and Nathan (Katie) Schuch; step-great-granddaughters Kiylee Phillipson and Aubrey Schuch; sister-in-law Sonja Nezworski and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Leslie was preceded in death by two sisters, Sally Mathson and Linda Sokolosky; his niece Sara Mathson and Mark’s significant other Sidney Schuch.

A celebration of life will be held on May 14, 2022 from 1-4 p.m. in the Riverside Memorial Park in Blair. Prior to the celebration of life, burial with military rites conducted by the Knudtson-Mattison American Legion Post #231 will be in the Rest Haven Cemetery in Blair at noon. Father Jeyaseelan Yobu (Father Jey) will officiate.

The Jack Funeral Home in Blair is assisting the family with arrangements.

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