Michael Joseph Matheson
Michael Joseph Matheson, 62, of Durango Colorado, passed away tragically on October 29, 2021 while on a camping trip in Southeast Utah. He was a gentle, old soul whose presence was a gift beyond words, and whose absence is a loss beyond measure.

Mike is survived by his wife, Sharon, and his children, Bonne, and Boyd. He is also survived by his father, William, and his siblings, Mark, David, Anne, and Bob. Mike is preceded in death by his mother, Joan.

Born in Detroit, MI on October 29, 1959, Mike would become the quiet leader of his four unruly younger siblings, respected and feared for his ability to swiftly bring order through a well-placed knuckle punch to the arm. As children, Mike's Mom hauled the five siblings around in extended summer adventures which bonded them in ways they would only come to appreciate as young adults. For decades Mike joined his father and siblings in an annual fly-fishing trip. Although best described as a distracted fisherman, more likely to hook a log than fish, Mike treasured the time to just sit and "be" with his brothers and sister. As the years passed, knuckle punches evolved into gentle, thoughtful words of encouragement and guidance, and Mike was most respected by his siblings for his soft presence and tenderness.

Mike was an explorer. After graduating high school in Hoffman Estates, IL, Mike headed West where he would spend the rest of his life adventuring through the deserts, canyonlands, and mountains that forever seemed to be calling him. The words "let's go check out..." were always an invitation to experience something new and exciting. Mike's love of the land led him to a degree in Geology from Northern Arizona University in 1984. From there he set course on a career as a registered geologist, as the owner of the environmental consulting firm, Plateau Environmental Services, and most recently as Energy Manager for the Southern Ute Department of Energy. He ultimately had the great satisfaction and pride of watching his son, Boyd, obtain his own degree in Geology from Northern Arizona University.

Above all else, Mike was a devoted husband and father. He and Sharon met while working at an environmental consulting firm in Phoenix, AZ. They married in October of 1987 and soon decided they would rather be doing their work for themselves. The next year, they landed in Durango, CO. Mike and Sharon fell deeper in love with every adventure. Together they used every opportunity to travel and explore the West by motorcycle, truck, or foot. They enjoyed attending live symphonies and theater shows, but also simply spent quiet time in each other's

company. When Bonne and Boyd were born, those adventures expanded, and the family's appreciation for exploration became everlasting.

Mike understood the importance of civic involvement. He was a proud 30-year member of the Durango High Noon Rotary Club. Mike served as a member and as Vice Chairman of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission from 1994-1999. For years he served as a board member for Durango Public Radio, and from 2004-2007, he served as a member and Board President of the Durango 9-R School District Board of Education.

Mike will be remembered as a gentle leader, an intellectual, and whose hearty laugh would fill a room. The impact he has had on the community of Durango is immeasurable, and the imprint he has left on many of our hearts will not be forgotten. A celebration of Mike's life will be announced at a later date.
Published by The Durango Herald on Nov. 10, 2021.
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Wow! I did not know him but I wished I had.. What an interesting life!! I am sorry for your loss and know that God just wanted him by his side. I spent many days doing what he did including a long period with the Durango Rotary club many years ago and my birthday was November 1st but the year was 1936. I am sorry for your loss I lost my wife this summer after 60 years and I still feel the hole in my heart!!
Barney Anderson
November 26, 2021
Mike Matheson was truly one of the good guys. I met him when he served on the 9-R Board of Education, and I will never forget his honesty, integrity, and friendship. His compassion and determination to do the right thing for the students and staff was remarkable. The world just lost a wonderful man.
Kristy Rodri
November 21, 2021
My sympathies to you all. As a fellow Rotarian, losing Mike is a loss for the entire community so we all feel your pain can only wish you the very best in the future. High Noon / Coral Springs, Fl Rotary Clubs.
Jim Dolan
November 18, 2021
Sharon, I am so sorry to hear of Mike´s passing. My heartfelt condolences to you, Bonnie and Boyd. Cara
Cara (Wagner) Tracy
November 18, 2021
Mike was such a kind person and a voice of reason and inspiration at our Rotary Club. His pride and love for his wife and children was always evident. Our condolences.
Lee Ann Hoven
November 18, 2021
I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Marjorie H Brinton
November 17, 2021
The Planning Center
November 16, 2021
We are so sorry for your loss. We have many fond memories of Mike officiating at the Durango Swim Club meets.
Nora, Rob, Robert and Garhett Stafford
November 15, 2021
Our company was working with Mike and the Southern Department of Energy. We are truly saddened by his sudden and tragic passing. We wish to give our condolences to his family and to the Southern Ute Department of Energy. It was truly an honor and a pleasure working with Mike.
Brian Black (MI3 Petroleum Engineering)
November 12, 2021
You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Bill Hackett
November 11, 2021
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