William "Bill" Matthews

Dec 18, 1938 - Apr 19, 2015


Bill was born in Miami, Oklahoma, December 18, 1938 to Vergil and Geneva (Butterfield) Matthews. Bill, William Owen, was the oldest of 4 children: Lind Louella, Susan Gail, and Rodney Dale. The family moved to California when Bill was just a small boy. He attended Fruitridge School and graduated from C.K. Mc Clathy High School in 1956. Bill lettered in football, javelin, and track. His high school buddies considered him a leader, someone they looked up to, and a true friend.

After high school Bill enlisted in the Army National Guard and was honorably discharged in 1957. Bill also got the chance at his dream to bull ride at various rodeos in California. He married Rogene Bondi in 1958 and a year later the couple had their first daughter, Debbie. In 1969 they welcomed their second daughter, Rhonda. Bill’s past time included taking care of 60 head of cattle, his beloved horses, team roping, camping, hunting, and working around the home on 3 acres the family owned in Loomis. In 1977 the couple divorced.

Bill made his career out of driving locally and long distance for Olympia, Poza Brothers, and lastly Roadway where he retired with a perfect driving record!

In 2001, Rhonda and son-in-law Mark Cordano gave Bill a granddaughter, Kristina Marie. Then in 2003 along came a grandson, Nickalas Louis. Anyone who knew Bill knew he loved babies and little kids and these grandchildren he loved dearly and meant the world to him.

After retiring from Roadway Bill got the chance to live out yet another dream. He purchased 40 acres of horse property, with a beautiful home, and gorgeous view of the Tobacco Root Mountains in Twin Bridges Montana. If one has a ranch one should have horses so along came Davis, Hollywood, and Grey Boy. While in Montana Bill enjoyed hunting, volunteering for senior rodeos, and helping friends with cattle drives. He also worked very hard on a master bedroom addition to his home, landscaping, planting various trees, additions to the barn and stalls, as well as a beautiful round pen.

Sadly in November 2014, right after Thanksgiving, we thought Bill had a stroke only to discover he had two tumors on the right side of his brain. Son-in-law, Mark, flew back to Montana and then drove Bill back to Sacramento where he underwent surgery four days later to remove the tumors. The evening after surgery Bill had regained the use of his left arm and hand which hours earlier was paralyzed. Bill did incredibly well after the first surgery and started his radiation and chemo pills only to encounter a huge set back with one continuous blot clot that stemmed from his diaphragm and down both legs. The clots were so bad that he had to use a wheelchair. After a risky procedure to remove the life threatening clot and a 5 day stay in ICU Bill went on to continue his radiation and chemo treatments. On March 26, 2015 he went in for his first post treatment appointment and got good news that the cancer, Glioblastoma Multiforme 4, had not reappeared. On Friday, April 17th Bill awoke that morning with a protrusion of his right upper ribs that was causing him some pain. Bill went to a doctor appointment later that morning and had an exam and an x-ray. Nothing showed up on the x-ray and nothing stood out from the exam. Bill was given an antibiotic and cough syrup prescription for a lingering cough that he had. A CT scan was to be scheduled in the next few days as we were told those take a few days to schedule. In the morning on Sunday, April 19, Bill passed with causes unknown.

We, Debbie and Rhonda, feel blessed that God chose Bill to be our Dad and we were his daughters. For we couldn’t have asked for a more loving or wonderful man to be our Dad.

Funeral Home:
East Lawn Mortuary
5757 Greenback Lane
Sacramento, CA
US 95841


  • Ami Rickard says:

    My Uncle Bill was one of my favorite people. He always looked like he was on the verge of laughing about something. He dressed to the “T”, always pressed and starched and handsome. He always teased us and I loved it. I loved him. I have so many great memories of him that I will have forever. He was what an uncle should be. “Uncle Bill…Gots any no gums”

  • andre linoge says:

    So sorry to hear of Bills passing. I worked will Bill at both Pozas Bros. and Roadway.

  • Rod Matthews says:

    I am very proud to have “Bull” as my brother ..thru hunting,fishing,dancing, and laughter, and love..he was always there for me and his family & friends..God has chosen one of the finest cowboys to watch over his children..Gonna deeply miss you my brother..only wished we coulda spent more time together..love you brother…<3

  • Sheila R. Kirkpatrick Massar says:

    Bill you are and will continue to be missed in Montana. I am sure you are having a great cowboy reunion in Heaven and we will see you again my friend

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