Coach Matthews’ obituary appeared in the Idaho Statesman, Tuesday, June 5, 2012
LeRoy Mahina Matthews, born April 28, 1945…passed peacefully away May 28, 2012, age 67. When you remember LeRoy, remember his innocent, honest personality. Remember him as a good friend, full of life, and admired by generations of kids he helped. Remember him as a high school teacher and a winning football coach. Remember him as the perfect role model as a father to Christopher, (Gabrielle), Michelle, (Ken) and Danielle, (Ron) and step daughter Summer Lam. Remember him as a really fun Grandfather to Tahani, Kainoa, Noelani, Keoni, Elizabeth, Christian and Kai. Remember him as a favorite uncle to numerous nieces and nephews. And remember him as the 6th of 7 children who all grew up on the beaches of Honolulu. LeRoy arrived in Boise in 1965 to play football for Lyle Smith’s Boise Junior College Broncos for the 1965-1966 seasons. It was here that LeRoy met the first great love of his life, Marcia Hall. They married and moved on to Pocatello, Idaho to play his final 2 years of football on scholarship at Idaho State University. He and Marcia were married for more than 30 years and remained the closest of friends, even to the day he passed away. The highlight of LeRoy’s coaching was leading his football team to the California State Championship in 1984 for the first time in Desert High School’s history. LeRoy also was the first teacher at his school to start a college scholarship program for his players. LeRoy taught us all how to live, and in the end he taught us how to die. He was the best of all of us…he was our friend… and we will miss him. “We are all travelers in this world, From the Sweetgrass to the Packing House, From Birth to Death We travel between the Eternaties”, Pleasant travels, Dear Friend.