Marcus Alan Matheny

Born on December 17, 1943 in Logan, Ohio
Departed on April 28, 2021, in Melbourne, Florida

Marcus Alan Matheny, 77, of Grant, Fl, finished his race and went home to the Lord on Wednesday, April 28, 2021.
On December 17, 1943, Mark was born to Virginia and Jud Matheny in Logan, Ohio, his boyhood town.
Mark Matheny, known to many by the nicknames “Stubbie,” “Pops,” or “Coach,” attended Morehead State University on a football scholarship. His first coaching position was at Jackson, Ohio, where he developed lifelong friendships. He was a passionate Ohio State football fan and sports enthusiast.
He moved to Eau Gallie, FL in the early ’70s from Jackson, OH. He taught and coached at Eau Gallie High School for nearly 40 years. The lives he touched were countless, and the nicknames he gave people were priceless.
Mark loved everyone well. He judged no one and was a friend to all. He was a father figure to many of his players, even inviting some with difficult home environments, to live with him for seasons of time. He took time to encourage, praise, and assist those that others may pass by, from the custodians at school, to the ladies in the lunch room, to strangers at bus stops.
Mark had a magnificent sense of humor. Making his family and friends laugh was one of his greatest joys.
In the year 2000, Mark had a life-changing encounter with Jesus and came to know him as his Lord and Savior. He was baptized at First Baptist Church of Melbourne, where he gained a church family that he treasured deeply and served well. He shared with others about the Lord until the final moments of his life.
He enjoyed many hobbies, including playing tennis with the Space Coast League (SCTL), fishing, and spending time with his beloved family and friends in his retirement.
Mark is now home in his Father’s arms, and we know he has heard the words of the Lord, “Well done, good and faithful servant!”
Survivors include his wife Angie, son Josh (Jenna), daughters Ginny Blythe, Megan (Scott) Wilson, Olivia (Marshall) Williams, grandchildren Emma, Ethan, Silas, Micah, Titus, Zeke, Angelina, Ava, Lane, and Bennett, a sister Lynn (Dave) Kantner, and nephews Ray and Cullen Beach. He was predeceased by his son-in-law Kevin Blythe.
A Celebration of His Life will be held on Saturday, May 8, at 4 pm at First Baptist Church Melbourne, with a casual outdoor reception following (*please bring a lawn chair for the reception). Anyone wanting to express sympathy is asked to consider the “Greater Things” Fund of First Baptist Church
The family would love for you to take a moment to share your fondest memory of Mark on the online guestbook below.

Guestbook Entry

Fields marked with * are required.
81 entries.
Laurie Anderaon from Weat Melbourne wrote on May 1, 2021:
Oh Marcus how you will be missed. While my heart is feeling so empty at the thought of doing without one of those super hugs you gave, or your silly mischievous chuckle or just that encouraging, positive word you always had, I know you are right where we all long to be one day! I thank God for the opportunity to not only experience your kindness as a Commodore but that we got to share life as a brother and sister in Christ ❤️
Laurel and Dean Earls from Melbourne wrote on May 1, 2021:
We knew Mark first as Coach Matheny at Eau Gallie HS, and rejoiced to reunite at FBC Melbourne as Family in Christ. Mark was a source of joy, kindness, and light. We will miss him dearly and look forward to our next Reunion. Our prayers and love to all those he loved and who wait for that blessed Reunion.
Ron Burger from EauGallie wrote on April 30, 2021:
Where to begin...our hearts are broken over your sudden departure. You have been a mentor, friend and brother in Christ. I was thinking about the early years when we were the CEO’s of our lawn business. I don’t even remember the name of our struggling lawn service but I do remember all the fun we had at work. He would sneak up behind me and weed-eat my ankles which would lead into a wrestling match in the customers front yard! One elderly customer’s yard that happened in was Miss Gerzetic. She came running out trying to figure out what we were doing and Mark said “We’re just playing Miss Gerzepee” he gave all our customers nick names and they loved him way more than they did me. Mark, Angie and family have been to many of the major events of our family’s life. When our son Daryl was born, and we still hadn’t come up with a name, he suggested Newt! Actually, he’d been suggesting that name for weeks before. He was serious!! I could tell a million stories but the one life event I’m most thankful for is the day he gave his life to Jesus. He cannot come back to us, but because of his relationship to our Lord, we will be with him again forever and ever. I love you Mark Matheny and I am so grateful I can call you my lifelong friend and brother. Angie and kids, we love you too and we “Boogie’s” are praying every day that our Great God will give you the grace and love only He can provide during this difficult time. Ron, Vicki Burger & Family
LYnn Butler from Palm Bay wrote on April 30, 2021:
No one could make me laugh like Marc. We often ran into each other at Church and Publix. He would be doing his grocery shopping and I’d see him many times. Usually by the ice cream section. I remember him trying to talk me into pistachio ice cream ‘cause someone told him it was good. When Marc talked to you, you felt like he was genuinely interested in you and wanted to hear how things were going. It’s comforting to know he’s with Jesus, probably telling Him about pistachio ice cream. John and I will miss him very much.
Melissa Killingsworth Nagy from Port St. John, FL wrote on April 30, 2021:
There are so many memories of our time at EG that I will cherish forever. Coach not only taught Brandon the game of football but also how to be a leader. He was a big supporter of the girls basketball team and the girls soccer team. He was just a great cheerleader for all the students and just a joy to be around. He personally edited Brandon’s films for college recruiters helping him obtain scholarships to Lenore Rhyne University. Coach was a champ for many. He certainly was a Killingsworth Champ. To the Matheny family - my heartfelt sympathy goes to each and every one of you. Please take time for yourselves. Laugh a little , cry a lot. Your memories will be a blessing. In loving memory - Melissa Killingsworth Nagy
Debbie Johnson from Melbourne wrote on April 30, 2021:
Absolutely fitting for Pops. “Well done good and faithful servant. “ What a tremendous legacy he has left. He meant so much to anyone he knew. He would light up anytime he was talking about his family. He loved you all so much. Mark would come into my office and ask “how is it going kiddo?” Thinking of him will always bring a smile to my face. Much love and prayer for your sweet family. Angie- I am available to talk 24/7. Ginny, Josh, Megan & Olivia- your dad loved you all and was so proud of each of you. I love you all. Debbie
Kip Patchen from Palm Bay wrote on April 30, 2021:
Mark was one of most giving, caring and loving person I knew. It didn’t matter who you were, where you came from everyone was a friend. He left a lasting impression on me as well as others in his personal and professional life. You embraced life to the fullest and knew what what right for you and your family. I will always remember your silly antics and the laughter you brought to many. Rest In Peace my friend . My prayers and love to the Matheny family.
Gregory Hammond from Melbourne Fl wrote on April 30, 2021:
I'll never forget Coach Matheny! The words in his obituary couldn't be more true! That man loved all of us who had the honor of being coached by him! I can still hear him yelling on the field. We were more his sons than his players, never treating anyone different or more important than the other. He was one of the funniest men I've ever known. Loving, yet serious about the game he loved. I'll also never forget how amazingly strong and in shape he was. I was always motivated in the weight room by him. I figured if this old man can do it, so can I, lol. He loved his family with all his heart and was great example of how to love and take of a family. A great example for us young men and I am truly honored to have known and been coached by this great man!!! RIP COACH! YOU WILL ALWAYS BE LOVED AND TRULY MISSED! Our Father needed HIS son now, and we have to trust it was for a GREAT reason. Love you coach!
Jim and Vicki Slate from West Melbourne wrote on April 30, 2021:
The Slate family expresses our deepest condolences. We were privileged to have known Mark for the past 20 years. His dedication to serving the Lord was manifested by his unselfish service to those around him. His gentle spirit and good humor drew people to him. We will miss him at church, and we will miss him at the Fee Avenue tennis courts, his home away from home most mornings. He is probably lining up some good matches in Heaven already! Heaven’s gain is truly our loss. Love to the family. Jim, Vicki and family
Kim Harmon from Sebastian wrote on April 30, 2021:
Mark was a special one of a kind person. He loved his family and I’m honored to be part of his family. I miss him but I know I will see him again.
Lonnie and Kim Harmon from Barefoot Bay wrote on April 30, 2021:
We had so much fun with Marc when he and Angie were kind enough to let us live with them for several months. Marc liked introducing his grandson Ethan to classics like Uncle Buck which was a great time. Marc was one of a kind and we feel blessed to call him family. We look forward to seeing him again.
Lonnie and Kim Harmon from Barefoot Bay wrote on April 30, 2021:
We had so much fun with Marc when he and Angie were kind enough to let us live with them for several months. Marc liked introducing his grandson Ethan to classics like Uncle Buck which was a great time. Marc was one of a kind and we feel blessed to call him family. We look forward to seeing him again.
Howard Hickman from Melbourne Beach, Fl., 32951 wrote on April 30, 2021:
Mark was a very effective teacher and coach at Eau Gallie High School. He always expressed interest in his student’s success and welfare. As his principal, I felt fortunate to have him on the faculty at our school. Our thoughts and prayers are with Mark’s family at this time.
Carolyn and Steve Wilson from Melbourne wrote on April 30, 2021:
Mark entered our lives over 15 years ago when our son Scott married his sweet and beautiful daughter Megan. We came to love and appreciate his kindness, sweet spirit and caring servant heart for others. He was such fun and we so enjoyed co-grandparenting with him. He made everyone feel so special. He was an awesome husband, parent, and grandparent who modeled Christ for all of his family. We will miss him so much at all the sporting events of the grandboys and Steve has lost a great fishing buddy and confidant. Our hearts are saddened by the loss of Mark and it feels way too soon to say goodbye, but we know we will meet again in a better place! All our love to Angie, Ginny, Josh, Megan, Olivia, and their families. We hold you all dear to our hearts.
Halley Pilger from Melbourne Beach wrote on April 30, 2021:
Wow what a wonderful guy! Such a pleasure to have known him. I’ll always remember his truly genuine smile every time we spoke. He always radiated warmth and kindness. He will be greatly missed by so many ❤️
Joshua Albritton from Port Charlotte wrote on April 30, 2021:
Coachie, Thank you for being such a great mentor and coach to me in my formative years. Spending a week with you in Colorado for the J. Kyle Braid leadership award trip was to this day one of the best and most fun weeks of my entire life. I think my favorite memory of you though (I still laugh every time I think about it) is every Friday morning on game day, the entire football team would line up in two rows in front of the weight room. We would start a slow clap while you would stretch out and get ready. Then, when the clapping got loud and fast enough, you would run down the center of the lines and give us each a high five. The little things like that are the things that all of us Commodores will hold in our hearts forever. Love you coach. See you again one day.
Grace and Aaron Becker from Palm Bay wrote on April 30, 2021:
From the time we met Marcus and Angie in 2017, they instantly became cherished neighbors. Never was there a time we needed help with things around the house that Marcus wasn’t available. But, more than being available, he was WILLING. No matter what he did or who he helped, he did all things for God’s glory...and he did them with a servant’s heart. Even only a few weeks ago, he helped me with lawn maintenance. He did not hesitate and drove right over to assist me. Grace and I are heartbroken for the family, but we know Marcus is shedding no tears today!
William Booth from Satellite Beach wrote on April 30, 2021:
Marc was not my father. However, he was one of two men in my life that I consider a father figure. I would not be the person I am today if it was not for you. You are one of the greatest men I have ever known. I always aspired to be the man, husband, and father that you were. I will never forget you. One of the hardest things about life is that the joy we share with the people we love and care about becomes part of the pain we feel when they are gone. You were a faithful servant to your family, friends, and lord. The world lost a great man, but heaven gained a true angel. Thank youfor everything.
janis jurgensmier from Blacklick, Ohio wrote on April 30, 2021:
I have known Marc (Stub) all my life - grew up in Logan Ohio and he was a few years older than me. He was just one of those great guys that made you laugh and was loved by everyone. Had lunch with him and Ginny last summer when he was in town and as usual I left with a smile on my face after spending time with him. HIs loss puts a hole in all our hearts and I for one will never forget him. Rest in peace my friend. - you made a big impact in so many people's lives.
Eleanor Mercer from Brevard wrote on April 30, 2021:
I worked with Marc at Eau Gallie and remember his sense of humor, his kindness and his rapport with young people and the faculty. A life well lived is a treasure. My condolences to his lovely family.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email