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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 says.

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.


Lindon Grand Marshals
American Fork UT New Utah 1Aug01 P2
By Harlow Clark
Robert and Shirley Matthews have seen changes in Lindon over the past 32 years


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See also:
The Selected Writings of Robert J. Matthews
More about "The Selected Writings of Robert J. Matthews" at

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