Dexter Allan Mathis, age 65, of Plainwell, MI passed suddenly on May 8, 2017 surrounded by family. Born to Florence and James Mathis in Herrin, IL, Dexter graduated from Portage Northern High School in 1970. In 1973, he married Bonnie Grooten and in their 16 years of marriage, had four children whom he cherished. He loved his three dogs; Chi Chi, Peaches, and Dottie, loved gardening, walking on the beach and boardwalks, camping, traveling, playing poker, posting on facebook, cookouts with family and friends, and talking politics. He had a great sense of humor and was extremely intelligent, caring, and the most amazing dad and grandpa. Dexter is survived by his four children, Melanie (Jason) Hooker, Mark Mathis, Matt (Alesia) Mathis, and Marsha (Joe Cannon) Mathis; his grandchildren, Mason and Mikayla Hooker, Blake, Brendon, and Adelyn Jameson, and Annabelle, Liberty, Philip, and Benjamin Mathis; his brother, Steve Mathis; his sister, Cathy Mathis; nieces and nephews, Jimmy Mathis, Ashley Mathis, Cristina Cornstubble, and Nick Mathis and their families and long time friend, John (Kathy) Powers. Per his wishes, cremation has taken place at Simply Cremation. There will be a Celebration of Life for Dexter on May 21, 2017 at his brother Steve's Home, 1220 111th Ave. Martin, MI from 12-4 PM. Memorial donations can be made to the American Heart Association or for diabetes research. Flowers or other memorials may be sent to DVC, C/O Melanie Hooker, 303 E. Paw Paw St. Suite 7, Paw Paw, MI 49079 prior to May 20 or to Steve's address on that weekend. All are welcome at the Celebration, bring chairs and stories. Dexter loved life, politics, and family. He loved telling stories and hearing others' accomplishments. The world lost a truly amazing man, dad, grandfather, brother, and friend. He will be deeply missed.