Jeremy Paul MathisDecember 29, 1977 ~ February 1, 2017 (age 39)
Jeremy Paul Mathis was born to Michael and Dawn Mathis on December 29, 1977 in the city of Appleton, Wisconsin. During his early years, Jeremy developed a trait that would serve him the rest of his life. It could be said that Jeremy only met a stranger once. He had an adventurous spirit. This was demonstrated when he was only 4 when his parents took him shopping and he disappeared in the store; only to be found in the back room of the store having a conversation with the store Santa Claus.
In 1981, Jeremy moved with his family to Marietta, Georgia where he attended Rocky Mountain Elementary School, Garrison Mill Elementary School, Davis Elementary School, Mabry Middle School, and finally Lassiter High School. He was a proud member of the Lassiter High School wrestling team and placed 3rd in the state his senior year. The team’s motto fit Jeremy to a tee; MTXE, mental toughness, extra effort! After graduating from Lassiter High School, Jeremy was off to the University of Georgia where he developed many lasting friendships. It was also at UGA where Jeremy developed his appreciation for all types of music, from classic rock to rap. He was influenced greatly by a musical roommate at UGA. Without a doubt, his favorite group and album was Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon”.
Jeremy could have graduated with a bachelor’s degree in finance in three years, but he enjoyed the life at UGA so much that he chose to remain in school for a 4th year and subsequently graduated with two bachelor’s degrees, one in Finance magna cum laude and the other in Risk Management magna cum laude . While attending UGA he was an Honors Program Peer Advisor and VP of Finance for Gamma Iota Sigma Fraternity. He also completed an internship at Applied Risk Solutions, a risk consulting firm in Denver, CO.
After graduation, Jeremy accepted a job at Turner Broadcasting doing risk management for the Atlanta Hawks, Atlanta Braves, and special events at Turner Field. But Jeremy’s adventurous nature soon took over and he left Turner for a risk management job in Denver, Colorado with Marsh, McClennan Company. While in Denver, he made more lifelong friends. After a while, without his parents’ knowledge, he transferred back to Atlanta with Marsh to surprise his parents. After a time, his adventurous spirit took hold again and he left Marsh to take a year off and headed to California to attend the Anderson School of Management at UCLA.
While attending UCLA, Jeremy made more lifelong friends and shared exciting times with his classmates while attending a semester in the MBA International Exchange Program at the Stockholm School of Economics in Stockholm, Sweden. During this time he did extensive travel to various places in Europe, Scandinavia, the Baltic States and even Russia. He completed an internship at Bear Stearns in New York City. Upon graduation with a Master of Business Degree in Finance from UCLA, Jeremy went into the investment banking field as a career. He held positions at Franklin James in Tampa, Florida; Oppenheimer in New York City; Bank of America, Merrill Lynch in New York City; Barclays in Los Angeles; SunTrust in San Francisco and Atlanta, and then HeadWaters MB in Denver. At each of these stops, Jeremy made new friends while maintaining his other friendships along the way!
Jeremy was tragically hit by a car and killed instantaneously just two houses down from his parent’s home the evening of February 1, 2017 as he went for a walk in the subdivision next to his parent’s home. In keeping with Jeremy’s lifelong dedication to helping others when they needed help, Jeremy’s final act was the donation of organs, etc. to Lifelink of Georgia so that other people can lead better lives. It is estimated that his donations will positively impact the lives of from 20-100 people and he will live on in those people’s lives.
Jeremy is survived by his parents, Michael and Dawn Mathis, his sister Melissa and husband Anthony Smith; three nieces, Caylin, Graison and Rylann Smith; aunts, uncles, numerous cousins and friends. Visitation will be from 10:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. on Saturday, May 27th at Boettcher Family Funeral Home, 2405 Fieldcrest Dr., Kaukauna, WI 54130. A service will follow the visitation at 1:00 P.M. followed by interment at St. Mary’s Cemetery.