Obituary: Philip Dwight Mathews

  • Wednesday October 16, 2019
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Philip Dwight Mathews
Philip Dwight Mathews

May 23, 1945 — September 15, 2019

Philip Dwight Mathews, AIA, 74, of Palm Springs, died peacefully September 15, 2019. With him were loving family members: brother Richard, former husband Edward Graziani, and boyfriend Ron Morgan.

Phil found his passion for architecture while docenting at Frank L. Wright's home/studio in Oak Park, Illinois; graduated University of Wisconsin-Madison 1967, and earned his master's of architecture from UC Berkeley. His brilliant career covered Spain, the San Francisco Bay Area, Mendocino and Marin counties, and New Jersey. He loved mentoring architects, especially Andy Rodgers and Jonathan Feldman. Phil and Ed collaborated 29 years restoring Craftsman cottages and designing and building new homes in San Francisco. A member of numerous neighborhood associations, Phil spearheaded planting 300 street trees in San Francisco.

Predeceased by parents Charline and Clifford Mathews, brothers J. Clifford and Frederick, Fred's sons Andrew and Michael; he leaves brother Rick and wife Robyn; nephews Ryan and Stephen and wife Cally; sister-in-law Nancy and niece Taylor; Cliff's daughters Sheryl, Jennifer and son John; sister-in-law Dorie and husband Orland; nephews Jeff and husband David Briggs; niece-in-law Juli and great niece Sarah; and numerous cousins and their families.

Interment in Marion, Indiana, and celebrations of Phil's life in Marion and San Francisco to be announced. Donations may be made to San Francisco LGBT Community Center.