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Obituary: MATTHEWS, GARY

Gary Elmer Matthews "Pete"April 27, 1934 ~ December 18, 2013Magna, UTOur loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather and devoted husband Gary Elmer Matthews (Pete) passed away at his home in West Valley City, Wednesday December 18, 2013, 10 months after being diagnosed with cancer. He was born April 27, 1934 to Elmer E. and LaPrele Simmons Matthews in Salt Lake City. Pete grew up in Garfield and graduated from Cyprus High School in 1952. In 1953 he joined the Army and was in the 82nd Airborne Division. In 1954 he married Shirlene Hunt and they shared 59 years of love and happiness together while raising three wonderful children. Pete worked for Kennecott Copper and retired in 1991 after 39 years of service. Pete enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping, golfing and traveling with friends and family. After retirement he and his wife spent winters in Mesquite. Pete is survived by his wife, children; Brad, Jed (Patricia), Lisa, 12 grandchildren , 3 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, 3 sisters; Audrey, Shirley, Joyce. Pete was a wonderful man and was dearly loved by his family and friends. The Funeral service will be held 12 pm Monday December 23 at the Hunter Village Ward, 3500 S 6400 W. A viewing will be held 5-7 pm Sunday December 22 at Peel Funeral Home, 8525 W 2700 S Magna and 11-11:45 am prior to services at the church. Interment: Valley View Memorial Park. The family would like to thank Hearts for Hospice especially, Evan, for their kindness caring for Pete. In lieu of flowers please consider donating to the Cancer Society of Utah or a charity of your choice in Pete's name. Condolences: www.peelfuneralhome.com