ANTIMONY ‑ Dasil George Mathews passed away peacefully July 16, 2020, at his home in Las Vegas, Nevada. Dasil was born Jan. 2, 1920, in Antimony (formerly Coyote), the third child of Benjamin Lynn and Esther Black Mathews.
He attended Piute High School in Circleville, for three years. He spent his senior year of high school at Branch Agricultural College (BAC) in Cedar City, where he participated in football, basketball and track. After graduation, he continued to attend BAC for college. With the start of World War II, hebecame an air traffic controller at the Naval Air Station in Oakland, California, and later joined the United States Merchant Marines. After undergoing basic training, he was assigned to the south Pacific, where his ship hauled troops to and from battle zones. After returning to the U.S., he began officers’ training at Kings Point, New York. When the war ended he was discharged and returned to Utah to attend Utah State University (USU).
While at USU, he met the love of his life, Kathleen (Kathy) Stanton. They were married June 12, 1946, in the Idaho Falls temple. After graduation from USU, Dasil and Kathy moved to California where teaching jobs took them to several small towns in central California. During this time, Dasil received a master’s degree in education from the University of California, Berkeley. With this degree, he moved from teaching to administration, eventually becoming principal of Armijo High School and Director of Secondary Education in Fairfield, California.
Upon retirement, he and Kathy moved to a small orchard in Vacaville, California, where he was able to meet his lifetime goal of becoming a small farmer. Life was good until Kathy suffered a stroke. They moved to Las Vegas in 2004, when it became too difficult to maintain the house and acreage in Vacaville. Kathy passed away in December of 2004.
Dasil was a lifelong member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in many church callings, including bishop. He and Kathy also served a 12-month mission in Ohio and Indiana. After Kathy’s passing, Dasil worked in the Las Vegas temple two days a week for over 10 years. He was 95 years old when he was released due to health issues.
Dasil was preceded in death by his dear wife, Kathy; two daughters, Jennifer Mathews and Kathleen Mathews; brothers, Gerald, Alton, Wendell, Kay, Paul and Stanford; and sisters, Naomi, Celia, LaRae and Pauline.
He is survived by his sons, Alan (Brenda), Centerville; Robert (Susie), Salt Lake City; and Michael (Dana), Las Vegas; and 12 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren.
Graveside services were held Saturday in the Hyrum City Cemetery in Hyrum.
In lieu of flowers, the family recommends donation to the American Diabetes Association or to the LDS Humanitarian fund.
Condolences may be expressed online at allenmortuaries.net.