Matthew M. Bentley, 74, St. George, Utah, president of the dixie mission chapter, sons of utah pioneers, and prominent southern Utah educator, businessman, social worker and churchman, died Sept. 25 in a St. George hospital of a heart attack. Funeral services were held Sept. 29 in the St. George Tabernacle and burial was held in the St. George Cemetery.
A graduate of dixie college and Brigham Young University, Mr. Bentley did post graduate work at Northwestern University in Illinois.
He later joined the Dixie College faculty where he served in various positions, such as accounting teacher, treasurer, and registrar for 35 years. Mr. Bentley served as acting president of the college from 1950 to 1951. He was a member of the Dixie Education Assn. He retired in 1961.
Also active in civic organizations, Mr. Bentley was a member of the board of directors of the Pickett Lumber Co., vice president of the St. George Savings and Loan Co., and a past member of the St. George Utility Commission for 30 years.
Mr. Bentley served for several terms as a St. George City Councilman.
He was also a member of the Rotary Club, and a past commander of Lester Keate Post No. 90, American Legion. He was a World War I veteran.
A member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Mr. Bentley served a three-year mission to the Central States in 1920, and was a counselor in St. George Stake.
Born in St. George
Mr. Bentley was born in St. George, April 12, 1896, a son of William Oscar and Mary Ann Mansfield Bentley. He married Iris Stowell June 11, 1925 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple.
Survivors are his widow; a son and 5 daughters, Reed and Mrs. Sam (Patricia) Hughes, Glendora, Calif,: Mrs. Dick (Maurine) Miles, St. George: Mrs. Chester
(Yvonne) Cooper, Ashland, Wash.; Mrs. Clay (Elaine) Nielson, Smithfield; Mrs. Richard (Rhoda Ann) Seegmiller, Las Vegas, Nev.; 26 grandchildren; 2 brothers and a sister, LeRio, Salt Lake City; W. O. and Mrs. Hazel Bradshaw, St. George.Recommend0 recommendationsPublished in