Our dear dad, Al Matutat, passed away peacefully to be with his Lord Jesus on March 1, 2008. Though he lived large and lived long, Dad was still taken away from us too soon and will always be missed. Dad was born in Vilkaviskio, Lithuania in 1932 and after being trained as a master builder in Germany came to Canada as a young man. Dad worked his way across Canada: as a logger, a builder, an oilfield worker and even a cook at MacDonald Hotel in Edmonton. While volunteering at the Salvation Army in Vancouver he met Grace. They were married and had four children. The city was not for them: they moved to a two acre property in Langley where Dad put the family to work building their first house. A move to Creston, BC was next, where hard work created a new house and a beautiful farm out of a former 20 acre mill site. Then on to Vernon, to a raw piece of land that was once again transformed into a beautiful country home. The family raised cattle, hogs, chickens and grew vegetables and once made 4,000 lbs of sausage in one day. It was said of Dad’s family in Lithuania that “when you go to the Matutat house you can let your belt out” and he was proud to continue that tradition.Dad was a skilled builder and hard worker, and could do things dismissed as not possible by others. He was a foreman on the Revelstoke Dam project, conceived and built the first multi-storey fowl barns in BC, was the BC Ombudsman’s representative, and befriended by Chief Dan George. Dad could and did outwork any man and did not suffer fools, but he was also humble and always ready to help anyone in need. Dad is survived by son Scott Allen, grandsons Jordan, Brock and Joshua, daughters Lisa June and Marla Jean, daughter Loretta Lynn, son-in-law Anders Wilco, grandson Leif Julius, and Grace Urquhart. We gratefully acknowledge the loving care provided to Dad by the staff at Sun Pointe Village. A funeral service is to be held on March 7th at 11am at First Memorial Funeral Services, 1211 Sutherland Ave, Kelowna with internment to follow at Lakeview Memorial Gardens.
… those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.