Floyd Huxley Mathews, 80, engineer who had a love for camping, science and family

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Floyd Huxley Mathews
Floyd Huxley Mathews

Floyd Huxley Mathews, 80, of Charlottesville, Virginia, died Monday, July 18, 2016 in Williamsburg while visiting family. He was born February 20, 1936 in Aberdeen, South Dakota, the son of Millicent Martin Mathews and Everett Russell Mathews.

Floyd is survived by his wife of more than 55 years, Marilyn Butler Mathews; son, Paul Marshall Mathews of New York City, son-in-law Luciano Tapia and grandchildren Ian Barry Mathews of Palo Alto, California and Erik Krueger Mathews of New York; daughter, Mary Beth Hughes of Williamsburg, son-in-law Ken Hughes and grandchildren Nathan Everett Hughes of Denver, Colorado, Krista Lynn Hughes of Newport News, Virginia and Noah Daniel Hughes; daughter, Sarah Ann Davis of Highlands Ranch, Colorado, son-in-law Ken Davis, and grandchildren Jacob Kenneth Davis of Golden, Colorado and Andrew Kurtis and Cassandra Grace Davis. Also surviving Floyd are his two grandchildren, Benjamin Alexander and Evelyn Grace Mathews of Medford, New Jersey, children of Floyd’s deceased son, David Russell Mathews.

Also surviving Floyd is his brother, Russell Mathews and his wife, Sandy, of Las Cruces, New Mexico; and cousins, nieces and nephews. Floyd was preceded in death by his parents, his youngest son David of New Jersey in 2011 and his sister Jame C. McCrum of Wyoming, also in 2011.

Floyd graduated from Los Alamos (New Mexico) High School in 1954. He earned his BS degree in mechanical engineering at the University of New Mexico in 1958. Floyd then matriculated at MIT, where he earned an MS degree in mechanical engineering in February 1960. Floyd’s entire 37-year career was at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico, working in nuclear weapons testing, among other things. Floyd was a registered member of the professional engineers and a member of the Society of the Sigma Xi.

Floyd met Marilyn in early 1960; they were married that December. He and Marilyn raised their four children in Albuquerque, living there together for more than 40 years. With his family always coming first, Floyd passed on his love of camping, hiking and backpacking throughout New Mexico and Colorado, along with his joy for science, math and airplane modeling. Floyd’s wise and fatherly guidance, support and encouragement were a rock for all of us. His wit, infectious smile and sense of humor were bigger than life. Floyd’s corner of the world was always cheerier for having him in it.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests that contributions be made to Friends of the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge by clicking here; please click through to the single gift option or mail to P.O. Box 340, San Antonio, NM 87832. Floyd and his family spent many happy hours in the quiet and beauty of this refuge.

A service of celebration will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, August 6, 2016 at The Colonnades Retirement Community, 2600 Barracks Road, Charlottesville, Virginia. Interment of the cremated remains will take place prior to the service.

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