2013 Deceased Member — Steven Ray Matthews
In Memory of Steven Ray Matthews
Steven Ray Matthews of Phoenix, Arizona, died Thursday September 12th, 2013, at the age of 65 following a three-year battle with mesothelioma. Steve will be missed and remembered for the life of service he gave to those young and old.
He was born April 25, 1948, to Wayne and Lorraine Matthews in Murray, Utah. Steve graduated from Bingham High School and Snow College before receiving his Master's in Statistics from Utah State University. Following graduation, he and his wife, Colleen, moved to Phoenix, Arizona where he began his almost forty year career as an actuarial consultant. Steve was the owner of MGKS, an actuarial consulting firm, as well as Arizona Bag Company and Arizona Bag and Shade. He also was a member of Phoenix Rotary 100.
Steve was passionate about sports and loved playing and coaching his entire life. During his college years, Steve played football for Snow College. He also excelled as an athlete in many other sports. Steve loved the many years he spent coaching his two kids on various sports teams as they grew up. His latest coaching job was coaching alongside his daughter for the varsity girls' basketball team at Shadow Mountain High School including when they won the state championship in 2010. Steve was an active member of The Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints where he served as young men's advisor and a Sunday School Teacher.
Steve was preceded in death by his mother, Lorraine, and his sisters, Mary and Karen. He is survived by his wife Colleen; his daughter Erica; his son Trent; his father Wayne; his sisters, Marlene (Billy) and Janice (Steve); and his brother, Doug (Sherrie).
Steve had a heart of gold and will be remembered not only for his humility, integrity, faith and generosity with his time serving others. Those who knew Steve loved his great sense of humor and impeccable timing as well as his ability to care for and listen to others. Most of all Steve will be remembered for his great love for his family.