We joyfully remember Robert George Matthews of Lehi, Utah, as he returned home to his Father in Heaven on March 26, 2020. He was born to George and Louise (Lawrence) Matthews on July 6, 1945 in Pendleton, Umatilla, Oregon. He was the second of four children. In his youth, he enjoyed riding his bike and playing with his dog, King. He spent time and enjoyed bucking hay before serving an honorable 2-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Uruguayan Mission, where he taught the gospel of Jesus Christ in the Spanish language. Shortly after returning home, he was drafted to the Vietnam War, but due to eyesight, was not allowed to serve his country. He was sealed in the Idaho Falls Temple on May 17, 1968 to the ravishing Alvina “Elaine” Tilton. They had 9 incredible and nearly picture-perfect children, 3 sons and 6 daughters, which he referred to as one of his significant accomplishments in his life. We matter-of-factly call ourselves Matthews’ Menagerie. \r\nHe earned an Associates of Accounting from LDS Business College. He enjoyed being a bus driver, a candy maker, and an accountant throughout his life in his endeavors to provide for his family.\r\nHe enjoyed residing in Oregon, Washington, Utah, Arizona, Alaska, and Uruguay in his life.\r\nHe was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He loved attending the temple and being a patron and ordinance worker. He spoke of his love for the sacred work done inside the walls of the temples. He wanted his family to remember his love for each of them and for the gospel of Jesus Christ. He loved his Savior, Jesus Christ, and he knew his Savior loved him too. He was always willing to exercise his Priesthood by giving beautiful and amazing blessings.\r\nHe was a gifted primary teacher. He could convince the toughest child to be good and to listen as he told scripture stories and gospel truths that made them remember the lessons long after they had moved on. He also taught Seminary, served as Elders Quorum President, President of Stake Seventies Quorum, and Branch Clerk. \r\nHe had such a big heart and would do almost anything for anyone. He saw the best in people. He made friends wherever he would go, and he would talk to anybody and everybody (much to the embarrassment of some who were with him). People often spoke of how much they loved him, and he was the nicest man they had ever met. Oh, how he loved seeing his family and grandchildren! He talked about them to everyone he could.\r\nHe loved fishing with his family, (Yes, you gutted, cleaned, cooked, and ate the fish you caught!) and taught several of his kids how to drive a “stick shift”, which we all know is a dying art. He loved coin collecting. He spent a lot of time finding coins, dating them, sorting them, and showing them to others. \r\nHe was a huge sports fan. Baseball was his favorite though. He was a loyal, lifetime fan of the Los Angeles Dodgers (formerly known as the Brooklyn Dodgers). He also loved the Utah Jazz, but he enjoyed “ribbing” others by cheering for the opposite team. He loved following BYU sports as well. \r\nHe loved to play checkers and taught anyone who wanted to play. His favorite pastime game was Pinochle (Never heard of it? Look it up). \r\nSome of his fondest memories include his mission to Uruguay, which he considers his other significant accomplishment, and then returning back years later with many of his family members. He loved traveling most to Central and South America.\r\nHis favorite color was dark green. He loved Spring, and he loved flowers, carnations were his favorite. He always enjoyed good Mexican food. He had a sweet tooth for real black licorice. He enjoyed strawberries and bananas, but most especially, he loved blueberries. We all knew who had been in the peanut butter or ice cream when we’d find finger impressions in the containers! He enjoyed cooking and prepared many yummy things over the years, most especially, peanut brittle, strawberry syrup, Hot Spiced Punch (Wassail), and homemade root beer, all second to no one.\r\nHe practically lived to have his hair played in and could be often found kneeling at his companion’s feet with his head in her lap while she did just that. He loved to give hugs; he had the best bear hugs. \r\nHe reveled in singing to his kids at the top of his lungs in the morning to wake them up. When asked by grandchildren to sing a song, he didn’t miss a beat, he’d smile really big and sing for all to hear--usually a silly Spanish song. He loved the “old” Primary songs. He loved the Righteous Brothers and could be found singing “Unchained Melody” often. He loved romantic movies, such as “Ghost”, “Sleepless in Seattle”, and “The Other Side of Heaven” 1 and 2. The second one was the last one he watched. \r\nHe was survived by his companion, Elaine Matthews (Lehi, Utah); children, Daniel (Barbara) Matthews (Simms, Montana); Rebecca (Peter) George (Helena, Montana); Joseph (Renee) Matthews (Mesquite, Nevada); Benjamin (Stephanie) Matthews (Saint George, Utah); Ruth (Aaron) Lowe (Lehi, Utah); Leah (Russell) Yardley (Grantsville, Utah); Esther (Tyler) Brinkerhoff (Lehi, Utah); Stephanie (Toby) Hayes (Idaho Falls, Idaho); Bethany Matthews (Lehi, Utah) his 30 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren, and sister, Carol (Ed) Butson (Saint George, Utah)\r\nHe was preceded in death by his parents, George and Louise Matthews; his sister, Linda Jean Austin; and brother Gary Edward Matthews \r\nThe Graveside Memorial service was held at the Lehi City Cemetery at\r\n12:00 P.M. on March 28, 2020\r\nFuneral services provided by Jenkins-Soffe Funeral Chapels & Cremation Center\r\nOur deepest, heartfelt thanks to Kelly Hyatt his iCare nurse for many years, his many friends from Harmony Hills, especially Brett Ross, his loving ministering people Max and Gayle Tabla, Point Meadows of Lehi Utah, especially Mary Ann, and Jenkins-Soffe Funeral Chapels & Cremation Center for making a difficult time go as smoothly as possible. We are so extremely thankful and indebted to each one of them for the invaluable role they played in making his life better, brighter, and happier.\r\n“God intended the family to be eternal. With all my soul, I testify to the truth of that declaration. May He bless us to strengthen our homes and lives of EACH family member so that in due time we can report to our Heavenly Father in His celestial home that we are ALL there---father, mother, sister, brother, all who hold each other dear. EACH chair is filled. We are ALL back home.”---Ezra Taft Benson\r\nUntil we meet again. Las Familias son Eternas. No empty seats.