Franz (Frank) Mathyer was born in Brienz, Switzerland, in 1933. He passed away April 13, 2015.
Franz spent many years as a youngster working for farmers tending cows in the Swiss Alps. He later worked for the area train company transporting tourists and supplies to the top of the Rothorn.
He learned the logging trade in Switzerland and came with a group of Swiss loggers to America in the 1950s and soon owned and operated Skyline Crane logging.
He married Patricia Howe in 1960.
He was preceded in death by his parents Ferdinand and Mathilde Mathyer, sister Erika Flick of Switzerland, brother Hermann Mathyer of Twisp, nieces Yvonne Mathyer of Twisp and Franzi Flick, and nephew Koni Flick of Switzerland.
He is survived by brothers Ferdinand and Paul Mathyer of Switzerland; children Elinor Nagendank of Germany, and Michael Mathyer, Teresa Smith and Erika Hutson, all of Twisp; grandchildren Crystal and Adam Taylor of Twisp, Alyssa Mathyer of Pueblo, Colorado, Katherine Christensen of Port Orchard, Marike and Nico Nagendank of Germany; great-grandchildren Sabastian of Germany and Elaina Christensen of Port Orchard. He is also survived by his friend of many years, Cheryl Egland.
He leaves behind many friends in Washington, Arizona, Nevada and Switzerland. He loved travel in the Alps, the Methow and the desert.
He will be remembered for his humor, generosity and kind smile.