Celebration of Life

Saying Goodbye and Celebrating Life

The family and friends of James “Jim” A. Mather found themselves unexpectedly saying goodbye to a loved one, and at the same time celebrating a life that was well lived. Jim received a law degree and MBA in accounting from the University of Arizona. Although he and his wife, Karin, of 43½ years called Tucson home, it was more of a base for adventure. The Mathers were world travelers! Jim had been around the world twice and Karin has been around the world once. They enjoyed so many places, including Europe, Africa, and China, just to name a few. Karin said their favorite memories were seeing the animals in Africa and the beautiful scenery of Switzerland. Jim also took two trips to China to volunteer to teach English and two to tour the country itself. While their daughters were in high school, Jim and Karin also took groups of students on tours around Europe.

Sadly, it was on one of these trips that Jim passed away unexpectedly. As Jim and Karin were starting a river cruise in Amsterdam, he suffered a massive stroke and collapsed. He was taken to an Amsterdam hospital where he received wonderful treatment, but was never able to overcome the stroke. He passed away with his wife at his side.

Karin and Jim Mather during one of their travel adventures. A stroke that occurred in Amsterdam claimed Jim's life. The family requested donations to UA Sarver Heart Center in his memory.

In Jim Mather’s memory, his family chose to have donations sent to the University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center and another charity. The memory of this adventure-loving man will be honored as UA Sarver Heart Center researchers continue working toward their vision of a future free of heart disease and stroke so others can live to experience their own adventures.

Karin has a long list of things she wants her husband to be remembered for: his honesty, his easy-going and fair nature, and that he was very well loved by all. “We donated his corneas; he’s still seeing the world through someone else’s eyes,” said Karin.

Our hearts go out to all the friends and family of Jim A. Mather. We are grateful for their friendship and their generosity in support of the UA Sarver Heart Center.


Remembering the Ones We have Lost.

Gary and Sharon Stephens remember their daughter, Heather Stephens, each year by giving to the Sarver Heart Center. In her daughter’s memory, Mrs. Stephens encourages people to take care of their hearts. “You only get one heart, and it’s a gift.” Their daughter had been a heart transplant patient.


Sarver Heart Center Tribute Cards Available.

The UA Sarver Heart Center is grateful for the number of people who generously support our vision of a future free of heart disease and stroke by using our tribute cards to honor or remember the life of someone special to them. We have tribute remittance cards available that make such gifts easy. Each packet includes cards that read either “In Memory Of” or “In Honor Of” that you could send to people to let them know you are making a gift in their names. The packets also include a remittance card that you would complete and send to Sarver Heart Center with your donation. When we receive the remittance card and gift from you, we will send an acknowledgment letter to your honoree or their loves ones. To receive a free supply, please call 520-626-4146 or email heart@u.arizona.edu.