By Kent Larsen
Former Mt Timpanogos Temple President & Matron Grand Marshals in Lindon
LINDON, UTAH -- Robert and Shirley Matthews, former Temple President
and Matron of the Mount Timpanogos Temple have been chosen as the
Grand Marshals for the annual Lindon Day's Parade. Outside of Lindon
Robert Matthews is known for his church service and writing as Dean
of Religious Education at BYU and as first President of the Mount
Timpanogos Temple. But in Lindon, the Matthews are known for two
things: Horticulture and Community Activism.
But Robert and Shirley Matthews might call that an exaggeration.
Robert isn't involved in the horticulture, and while Shirley is, she
doesn't like to call it that, "I'm no horticulturist. I just have a
passion for roses." And that is a very active passion. Shirley grows
and cares for 300 roses. "I pour over the rose catalogs," Shirley
The activist label may also be overblown, in the Matthews' view.
However, Shirley does admit delivering a petition with 432 signatures
to Lindon city Mayor Ellertson, and then threatening the mayor,
saying, "We don't have any plans for a tea party - yet."
And even Robert Matthews has been accused of being involved. "Mr.
Matthews throws a mean curve ball with an orange," said developer
Scotty Halls, who is building Glacier Mountain Estates east of the
Matthews' home. Robert Matthews says he doesn't know where Halls got
that from, "We had a little neighborhood meeting and I saw him a few
days later and he said, 'You are a tough competitor.' He was making
al these promises and I said, 'Let's write these down to make sure
you carry them out' and I guess he thought we were backing him into
a tight corner."
The Matthews are both originally from Wyoming. They met in Evanston
where Robert was working during the summer break at BYU and to where
Shirley had moved from Wyoming's Big Horn basin. They soon married,
and for seven years they lived in Soda Springs, Idaho where Robert
taught as a seminary teacher. After another two years as a seminary
teacher in Los Angeles, they moved to Provo where Robert worked for
another seven years as a seminary editor. In 1971, two years after
they had moved to Lindon, he was then put on the faculty at BYU.
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By Harlow Clark
Robert and Shirley Matthews have seen changes in Lindon over the past 32 years