Commissioner dies Thursday

Don Van Matre, a long-serving Sweetwater County Commissioner and former mayor of Green River, died early Thursday morning at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County. He was 76.

Flags were flown at half-mast Monday in both Sweetwater County and the state offices in Cheyenne from sunrise to sunset in Van Matre’s honor.

Van Matre grew up in the Farson-Eden area before joining the U.S. Army. He served as an aviator during the Vietnam War, earning a Bronze Star. He would later command an air base in Panama and was a professor of military science at the University of Wisconsin before returning to Swe...


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