Billy Allyn Matthews
Billy Allyn Matthews, a mathematician by trade and onetime computer software programmer for General Dynamic Astronautics, passed away on April 30, 2018.
Born on January 9, 1928 in Trent Taylor, Texas to a poor working-class family, Bill exemplified the American dream. One of his favorite stories to tell his grandchildren was about his first and only gift as a child, a rubber car given to him by a school teacher.
Bill enlisted in the army shortly following World War II, where his commanding officers realized something special about him and sent him to the National Security Agency's school of language where he began his career as what would now be known as a programmer/hacker for "the good guys". While serving overseas in Frankfurt, Germany he met and fell in love with his wife Marianne, with whom their only child was born; they moved stateside.
With an ambition for a better life for his family and a desire to better himself, he graduated from UCLA with honors while working shift work and supporting his family. He had a long and interesting career, working with many large security companies and developing eye retina scanning software for government agencies across the globe and at home.
Matthews, who also wrote debugging software for the guidance system of the Centaur and Apollo space projects was often called "Bill, Dad or Pa" and became an influential figure to the people that loved him most: his now deceased wife of 64 years Marianne Martha Matthews, his only child and devoted daughter Evelyne R. Cassell and his three grateful grandchildren, Stephen Michael and Cortnie Cassell, who thought of him as a father. Additional survivors include a brother and sister-in- law, Manfred and Lois Alexander, his granddaughter-in-law Mai Cassell and chosen family member Virginia Hall.
The last decade of his life was just as full as the rest, and included tending to his garden, which was his pride and joy, along with a laundry list of hobbies that included repairing old cameras, painting, philosophy, a love for animals, classical music, card games and playing video games with his grandson at the age of 90. These qualities made Bill Matthews unforgettable and irreplaceable.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that you consider making a donation in his name to the Oregon Humane Society.