Lynn William Matthews

VANCOUVER — Lynn William Matthews, 74, of Vancouver passed away Dec. 26, 2016 while at work at the Keller Auditorium in Portland.  He was born Sept. 11, 1942 in White Salmon, Washington.

Lynn is preceded in death by his parents, Melvin and Frances Matthews; and brother, Donald.


Lynn is survived by his long-time companion, Michael DuPree; God-children, Bryan Michael-Lynn DuPree and Krystopher James DuPree, Everett, Washington; brother, George (Joyce), Machias, Washington; sister-in-law, Patricia Matthews; nieces, Janet Ledahl, Jerri Kendi, and Julie Matthews; Joe and Jamie DuPree, Everett, Washington; Jerry and Sally DuPree, LaCenter, Washington, and many loving friends and co-workers.

Lynn grew up in Wenatchee, Washington and was an alumnus of Central Washington State College. Over the years Lynn worked in several careers including: Teaching at Washougal High School; Sports, Arts and Entertainment reporter/writer at The Columbian Newspaper; Maintenance Crew for Delta Airlines, and finally as a Ticket Agent with Metro.  He was an active participant for many years in the Greater St. Helens League serving as secretary.

Lynn was a gentle, kind, generous, loving man and a faithful friend. His passions were the arts and sports. He could tell you anything you wanted to know about either subject. He was a supporter of all the local high school sporting events, attending as many games, matches and tournaments as possible.  He was quick to share stories of his time as wrestling coach at Washougal High School and always encouraged aspiring wrestlers.  He loved the theater, attending plays and concerts in Oregon and Washington and on occasion traveling to New York and Canada to attend Broadway productions.

A gathering in Lynn’s honor will take place on Sun., Feb. 26 at 2 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall at Salmon Creek United Methodist Church, 12217 NE Hwy 99, Vancouver, Washington, 98686.


About The Author

Ken Vance got his start in the newspaper industry in 1987 as a reporter at The Columbian Newspaper in Vancouver. Vance graduated from Stevenson High School in Stevenson, WA, and attended Clark College in Vancouver. He worked for The Columbian from 1987-2001. He was most recently a staff member of The Reflector Newspaper in Battle Ground, where he served as editor since 2010 and reporter since 2007. Vance’s work in the newspaper industry has won him multiple awards, including a first place award from the Society of Professional Journalists for in-depth reporting.

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