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Timothy Ross 'Mike' Matthews

Mar. 13, 1928 - Jul. 16, 2020

Date of Service: Jul. 21, 2020

DECLO – Timothy Ross “Mike” Matthews of Declo, Idaho, passed away Thursday, July 16, 2020 at his home. He was 92.

Mike was born March 13, 1928, in Declo, the fifth child born to Timothy Wilford and Lillian Genevieve Ramsey Matthews. He attended school in Declo, graduating in 1946. When his three older brothers went off to fight in World War II, Mike stayed behind to help on the family ranch.

In 1947, Mike married Mavis Ann Fries. They made their home in Declo and together they raised seven children. Farming and ranching continued to be the foundation of Mike’s life. He and his brother, Kelly, worked together raising sheep, cattle, row crops, and kids. In addition, Mike attended horse shoeing school in San Luis Obispo, California. He started shoeing $8.00 dollars a head and on a big day, worked through 13 horses. There were several summers that he shod 1,500 head. He was known all over the country for his horse shoeing ability.

During his retirement years, Mike was famous for his roundabouts. Several times a day he could be seen driving around the community, just checking things out and making sure all was well in Declo.

If you asked his children, the terms they would use to describe their father would include generous, hard-working, and honest. With him, his word was his bond. He lived a life of integrity and loved his family above all else.

Mike is survived by his wife of 72 years; his children, Sharon (Dennis) Reed of Pocatello, Sandy (Gary) Mallory of Declo, Tim (Joy) Matthews of Jerome, Pam (Lamont) Young of Declo, Casey (Jodie) Matthews of Bonner, Montana, and Laurie (Todd) Webb of Raft River; 19 grandchildren; and 48 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Mike; brothers, Frank “Tokes,” Bill “Skinny,” and Samuel “Kelly”; and his sister, Rachel “Bridget” Nelson.

Friends may call from 5 until 7 p.m. Monday, July 20, at Rasmussen-Wilson Funeral Home, 1350 E. 16th St., in Burley.

Due to the ongoing risks of the COVID-19 virus, we suggest those attending to wear a mask and practice social distancing.

The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 21, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - Declo Stake Center, located at 213 W. Main St., with Bishop Dale Darrington officiating. Burial will be in Declo Cemetery.

To comply with the Church guidelines, gatherings are limited to 99 or less at the church.

Condolences for Timothy Ross 'Mike' Matthews

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From Holly Terpstra:
Mavis & family -- I was so sad to hear of "Uncle Mike's" passing. Prayers & hugs to you all at this time.
From Barbara Andersen:
Matthews Family so so sorry for the loss of your husband, dad, grandpa. Mike was a bigger than life kind of guy. I always enjoyed our visits. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of grieving your loss. He was truly a great, honest, and hard working man who loved his family.
From Bart Koyle:
Sorry to hear of Mike's passing. He was a true gentleman and always a joy to visit with. I will miss our visits at the window while filling the furnace tank. He always had a smile on his face and a twinkle in his eyes.
From Max R Fuqua:
Mavis and family;
I am so sad to hear of Mike's passing. He was a good and kind person. Please accept my deepest sympathy
From Tim and Jana Darrington:
Thinking of your family at this sad time. May you find peace and comfort in the great plan of salvation and your knowledge of eternal families. Prayers for you all, especially your mother. Our sympathies are with you.
From Wayne and Debbie Fuqua:
Mavis and family, we're so very sorry to learn of Mike's passing. Please accept our deepest sympathy and our very best wishes as you go forward. My dad and mom, my brothers and I always thought very highly of Mike and all the Matthews brothers. I was very glad to see you, Mike and Nan at my mom's burial service in Declo when we brought her home in 2012. With our very best regards to everyone.
From Gloria Tegan:
To the family..may you be comfort ed and feel the love from all who love you..The Gary Tegan families
From Shanna Yarbrough:
Pam Young, I am sorry for the loss of your father. May God give peace to your mom and your family at this difficult time.
From Ray Arguello :
I always loved to see Mike. He never had a bad word for anyone. He would tease you a little but he always had a big heart full of kindness
From Nonnie Osterhout Johnston:
RIP Mike. May Heavenly Father wrap your family in His arms and give you His comfort and peace.
He was a good and great man, I injoyed being around him and his brothers. Sandy you are a sweetheart.
From Ilene:
He was the finest of men. I will always think of him fondly. Such a good and caring grandpa too.
From Mary:
To the family, my sincere condolences for your loss. Please find comfort in the knowledge that God promises to end all suffering. Before long, God will wipe out every tear from our eyes, and “death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things (will) have passed away.”(Rev. 21:3,4). May this promise from God give you comfort now and a real hope for the future. My deepest sympathy.

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