Obituary of Leland Paul Mathews (1932)
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Leland Paul Mathews, 76, of Riverside, passed away Saturday, Dec. 13, 2008, at Bingham Memorial Hospital.
He was born Dec. 7, 1932, in Antimony, Utah, to Benjamin Lynn and Esther Black Math- ews. He graduated from Piute High School in 1951. He attended Utah State University, graduating with a bachelor's degree in Animal Husbandry in 1957. During Leland's lifetime, he has lived in Logan, Utah; Sugar City, Blackfoot and Riverside, Idaho. Leland was drafted into the United States Army in 1954, serving a tour of duty in Germany, and returned home in 1956.
On July 19, 1956, he married his sweetheart, Aurella Jones, in the St. George, Utah, LDS Temple. Together they raised five children and made a home for a foster child for three years and a foreign exchange student from Finland. Aurella preceded him in death Aug. 13, 2006. He was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and he fulfilled many callings, including Sunday school teacher, ward missionary, MIA president, ward clerk, Elders Quorum president, Scout master and bishopric counselor. He and his wife served a two-year mission in the Albuquerque, N.M., Mission on the Zuni Indian Reservation and was a faithful home teacher his entire life. Leland taught Future Farmers of America (FFA) in Sugar City and Blackfoot and science at Blackfoot Junior High School for a total of 24 years. He also worked at Basic American Foods for 10 years. As a sideline, he enjoyed milking cows, working for the Bingham County Weed Control and various other part-time jobs. He enjoyed spending time with his family, his highest priority.
He is survived by his children, Curtice Bruce (Sandee) Mathews of Thomas, Russell J. (Virginia) Mathews of Idaho Falls, Greg Paul Mathews of Blackfoot, Teresa Lynne (Robert) Yack of Roosevelt, Utah, and Lisa Kaye
(Drew) Wagner of Walla Walla, Wash.; siblings, Dasil Mathews of Las Vegas, Nev., Kay Mathews of Utah, and Celia (Charles) Cowley of Richfield, Utah; 20 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Aurella Mathews; his parents; four brothers, Alton, Gerald, Wendall and Stanford; and three sisters, Naomi, LaRae and Pauline, his twin.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 19, at the Riverside 1st Ward LDS Chapel with Bishop Scott Despain conducting. The family will meet with friends from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday at Hawker Funeral Home and again for one hour prior to services at the church. Interment will be in Riverside-Thomas Cemetery with military rites by the American Legion Stewart Hoover Post No. 23.