Earl Vaughn Mathisen was born June 3, 1937 to George and Myrtle (Jensen) Mathisen of Fort Lupton, Colorado. He often talked about the happy childhood he had growing up on the family farm with his siblings; James, Glenda, Arlene, Judy and George.
Earl attended grades 1 – 9 in Fort Lupton and then graduated from Brighton High School in 1957. His main regret was that his mom didn’t allow him to play football. After graduation, Earl worked for John Deere Implement in Wiggins and later for OK Farms maintaining their equipment.
About 1961, Earl decided to join the US Airforce Reserve. Soon after that, he was called to active service during the Berlin Crisis. Following his time in the Airforce, Earl became a member of the VFW.
Earl was an avid Denver Broncos fan and part of the South Stand Fans holding season tickets to Mile High Stadium for several years. He loved to share his passion for football with his nieces and nephews. For about 30 years, he showed his love for youth sports and football when he “ran the chains” for the Wiggins Tigers. Earl was a member of the Colorado Chapter of the Polka Lovers Klub of America. What wonderful times he had with all the friends he made there!
Earl had a love for life. He treasured his family and many friends. He will be missed dearly and will always be loved.
Memorial services honoring Earl will begin at 10:00 a.m., on Friday, September 10, 2021 at Tabor Funeral Home, 75 South 13th Avenue, in Brighton. A luncheon will be held immediately afterwards at the Brighton Elks, beginning at 12:00 noon.
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