Lonnie Matlock


Lonnie Matlock, 88, of Payson, died Dec. 14, 2002.

He was born June 11, 1914, in Yellville, Ark. His early education took him through eighth grade, and since there was no high school, he went through the eighth again.

His next few years were spent helping his father with farming. His family later moved to Cleveland, Okla., where he met and married Rachel Bagley Witt. They had a son, Norman.

He spent the next two years working in fields, and eventually settled in the farming community of Wilder, Idaho.

Having an innate mechanical talent served him well and he landed a job maintaining the equipment on a large farm up until the beginning of World War II. At that time, he was recruited to maintain military aircraft in Colorado Springs, Colo.

As the war ended, his unit was transferred to Goodyear, Ariz. doing basically the same work as before preserving and recommissioning fighters and bombers up until his retirement in 1960.

Years before his retirement, he found the love of his life an acre of land at Diamond Point.

Mr. Matlock could build anything, fix anything, and had, or built himself, every conceivable tool. He built his own garden tractor, his own grain mill, apple juicer and a cultivator, to name just a few.

Mr. Matlock was a lifetime member of the Assembly of God Church where he gave of himself as a board member, Sunday School and Bible School teacher, and was a friend to every man or animal he ever encountered.

He is survived by his wife, Helen; his son, Norman; grandsons, John Stephen and Matthew; and six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wives, Rachel and Pauline.

Services will be held at 1 p.m., Dec. 20, at the First Assembly of God Church.

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