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John R. 'Jay' Mathias passes away in Georgia

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Former CHS and Indiana University athlete John R. “Jay” Mathias passed away May 29, 2018, at age 69 in Athens, Georgia, after a lengthy illness.

A three-sport star in high school, Jay was a first team all-state and all-conference quarterback on the 1965 Trojan team that won the first conference championship in CHS football history in the old Calumet Conference. He was also named to Parade’s All-America High School Team that year. Jay also excelled in track and field and was a state finalist in his junior and senior years in the high jump. He was also an outstanding basketball player for the Trojans, and earned a total of 11 varsity letters during his high school athletic career.

He received a scholarship from IU where he played on the Hoosier team that won the Big 10 championship and appeared in the 1968 Rose Bowl against a University of Southern California squad that included O.J. Simpson. In his senior year at IU he set a school record for the most interceptions in a season and finished second in tackles.

In 2015 Jay was inducted into the Indiana High School Football Hall of Fame.

He had a very successful career in media sales and development and last served as CEO of Infiset, a data gathering and analysis company which he founded.

He was born September 13, 1948, in Michigan City to John and Mary (Callahan) Mathias, who preceded him in death.

He is survived by sons Matthew (Molly), Michael (Debbie), and Nicholas (Jenny), a daughter Natalie, his brother Bruce (Cindy), sisters Martha Mathias and Marie Mathias Busch, and grandchildren Conner, Sam, Nixon and Rio Mathias.

His remains were laid to rest in Fort Myers, Florida.



Posted 8/2/2018




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