William “Bill” Curtis Mathews

William Curtis Mathews, Bill, of St. George, Utah passed away May 15, 2019 in the Utah Valley Specialty Hospital, Provo, Utah. Bill was born June 27, 1942 to George Frederick Mathews and Faye May Spangler in Raytown, Missouri. Because of his father’s involvement fighting in  World War II, Bill didn’t really get to know him till he was four and the family moved back to their farm in Belpre, Kansas and their happy idyllic life! He graduated high school in Belpre and moved to college in Dodge City, Kansas. Bill’s school days and life centered around the friends and the farm life in Belpre.

After college Bill married Barbara Morgan and the couple moved to Las Vegas, Nevada where her father, Ray Morgan hired Bill to work for Morgan Pest Control. They moved part of the business to St. George, Utah and Bill was in his element. They had three children, Sheila, Steve and Julie. One of Bill’s fondest memories was being called as a Stake Missionary, where they now lived in Washington, Utah, and being ordained a Seventy by then Elder Ezra Taft Benson. After their divorce in the 1970’s, Bill went to the Utah Police Academy and fulfilled his dream of being hired as a St. George Police Officer. Of course, he did pest control still, even buying Morgan Pest Control.

Bill was very talented as a singer and played the guitar with excellence. In college in Kansas he was in the band, The Tornadoes! They even cut a record! Later, he really loved playing music with lots of local artists and never missed a jam session he was invited to, or a chance to sit in for a band. He Loved being in the country band, Southern Gold. He also played in a band he and some police friends made called City Heat. If you never heard Bill play guitar and sing you missed out.

Two years into his police career Bill met and married Lonnie Childers Schroff. They blended their family and it grew.

Bill is survived by his wife, Lonnie; children, Sheila and Bruce Bailey, Steve and Bonnie Mathews, Julie and Brian Santiago, Kerby and Pam Hansen, Celia and Cory Beard, Isaac and Beth Mathews and Alicia Mathews; thirty grandchildren and twenty great-grandchildren. All living in St. George now except for Kerby and Pam who live in Logan, Utah. He is preceded in death by one son, Ben Schroff.

Except for a four year move to Kansas and selling Morgan Pest Control, but starting up Bill’s Pest Control, life has been steady, like Bill. A good and kind man.

Please join us for a “Graduation” Celebration of Bill’s life Friday, May 24, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at the Spilsbury Mortuary Chapel, 110 S. Bluff, St. George, UT. We will share our love for this great man till 1:00 p.m. and then the family will gather while son, Isaac Mathews gives the family and prayer and the casket is closed. Bill will then be flown to Belpre, Kansas for a memorial and interment in the Belpre Cemetery next to his mother and father, graciously made possible by Bill’s cousin, Gordon Reynolds. Our family wishes to thank Dixie Regional ICU and Utah Valley Specialty Hospital for all you valiantly did fighting for Bill those 35 days.

Arrangements are made under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, 435-673-2454. Friends and family are invited to sign Bill’s online guestbook at www.spilsburymortuary.com.



Second Visitation


11:00 am


Spilsbury Mortuary Chapel
110 S. Bluff
St. George, UT


Belpre Cemetery
Belpre, Kansas

Guest Book

16 Responses

  1. Lonnie…so sorry for your loss..our loss! He was so easy to love. I am in Oregon but will send prayers on May 24th.

  2. Lonnie, Bill was such an incredible example to everyone , we were always impressed with his demeanor, he never got mad and his character was beyond reproach. God be with you during this difficult time. Mark and Dawnanna Topham.

  3. Bill was the best brother in this world. Miss you already, Cuz. So happy to be linked for eternity!

  4. Dearest Lonnie and family,
    I love all of you so much and my heart aches for all of you. But I know you will be together again, for all eternity. I want to be next door to you. Thank you to all for sharing pictures, memories and love. And Celia, I have good memories of that orange van. “Look at the moon”!

  5. My dearest Lonnie and family,
    Bill is in peace from all his pain.
    He was a very good man. So
    glad I got to see you both last year.
    God Bless for love and peace
    Carol Hobbs

  6. Lonnie,
    I am sorry to hear this sad news. Bill was so kind and good natured. I hope you can remember him in peace. Sorry for your loss, I know it is hard for you.

  7. Lonnie and family, Sending our love and thoughts to you. Bill was one of the “good guys” – always so positive and upbeat. He will be missed.

  8. Hugs and love to all of Bill’s family. Was it really only four years in Russell? And yet such impact on somany lives. Lonnie, we hope to see you soon Love, Barbara

  9. I cherish the memories of the short time in life that our families shared. Those were truly “good days”. I am sure it is now on to glory days.

  10. I met Bill on one of the darkest days and he added a calm and light to brighten the mood and ease the pain of others. Sending love out to you and your family who have been so thoughtful of others even in times of sorrow. Glad to read all of the special aspects of Bill’s life and the graduation plans. Thank you for sharing these with all of us!

  11. Dear Lonnie and Mathews Family,
    We send you our fondest wishes of love during this difficult time of sending your dear loved one to his next assignment in his Eternal
    Progression. We pray the Lord to comfort you and put His gentle arms around you. Bill is in a better place now free from pain and
    suffering. The Lord is good to us and will be with you so you too will heal from sorrow. We love you all.
    Walter and Marie Gaisford

  12. Sorry I did not hear of this event. Bio test in peace my friend. I will never forget your nick name “spider Fighter “. Rest In Peace my friend brad

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