Judge Greg Mathis married Linda Reese in 1985. The pair met at Eastern Michigan University. They have four children, including daughters Jade and Camara and sons Greg and Amir.
Greg Mathis met Linda Reese during what he calls a particularly difficult period of his life. His mother had recently died following a battle with cancer, and he was struggling to put himself through school by working several jobs. A former juvenile delinquent who had a history of petty crimes, Mathis was struggling to adjust to mainstream life as a college student. He credits his wife with helping him overcome his past and make a success of his life.