Larry Howard Matthews – St George News


Oct. 1, 1942 — March 7, 2002

Larry Howard Matthews, 79, passed away early Monday morning, March 7, 2022, at his home in St. George, Utah. He was a husband, father, brother, brother-in-law, son, teacher, and coach. He was born on October 1, 1942, in his Grandpa Craner’s bedroom in Burley, Idaho to Howard Allen Matthews and Rada Laura Craner. He received his elementary through high school education in several places: Rupert, Idaho; Anchorage, Alaska; Juneau, Alaska; and Alexandria, Virginia. He graduated from Utah State University and earned a Master’s Degree from Brigham Young University.

Larry spent a lifetime as an educator: a teacher, coach, and principal. He worked in the states of Idaho, Colorado, Utah, Oregon, and Wyoming totaling 39 years in education. He loved coaching basketball and teaching skills to high school and middle school students for both boys and girls. He had many championship teams over the years. Larry is one of a kind!

Larry was married to Alayne Gayle Hammond Matthews on July 11, 1977. Their loving relationship lasted nearly 45 years on this earth. They retired in St. George, Utah in 2010. Larry’s hobbies include golfing, gardening, and traveling. He served many positions in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints including teacher, executive secretary, quorum leader, high council, bishopric, and greeter—a favorite.

He is survived by his wife, Alayne; and children: Julie Schow (Einar), Alpine, Utah; Michele Coffey (David), Danville, Virginia; Tricia Holden, Sandy, Utah; Melissa Schrade (Jon) Pocatello, Idaho; Shane Holden (Lori), Ammon, Idaho; Amber Lil Matthews-Snow, Reno, Nevada. Also surviving are twenty grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and one brother, Kent Matthews, Salt Lake City, Utah. He is preceded in death by a son, Michael John Matthews, and his parents.

Funeral Services will be held Tuesday, March 15, at 1 p.m. at Bloomington Stake Center, 200 West Brigham Road., St. George….