Matthew Cozzens


(July 31, 2006)

Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 5 at the LDS Church on Avenue E for Matthew Cozzens, 73, who died at his Powell home on Monday, July 31.

He was born Sept. 18, 1932, the sixth and youngest child of Bertha Fawcett Cozzens and Joseph Francis Cozzens. He graduated from Powell High School in 1951 and attended Brigham Young University where he met his future wife, Vesa Laree Adams of Riverside, Idaho.

He was drafted in the the U.S. Army April 21, 1953.

Matt and Vesa were married March 25, 1954, in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple. They began their life together in Texas where he was stationed at Fort Hood.

The couple returned to the Powell area in 1955 where they farmed for the next 45 years. In 2001, they retired from farming and moved into their present home.

Matt is survived by his wife of 52 years; five sons, Dirk (Deirdre) Cozzens of Ralston, Evan (Patsie) Cozzens of Burlington, Darin (Tammy) Cozzens of Dobson, N.C., Michael Cozzens of Ralston and Samuel (Stephanie) Cozzens of Rock Springs; two daughters, Gail (Miles) Kimball of Ann Arbor, Mich., and Marianne (Roberto) Rodrigues of Des Moines, Iowa; 25 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; a sister, Olive (Charles) Hawkins and a brother, John (Minnie) Cozzens, both of Powell; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, Fred ,Francis and Melvin; and two granddaughters, Marianne and Laura Kimball.

Viewing will be at 9 a.m. at the church. Burial will be in Crown Hill Cemetery under the direction of Thompson Funeral Home.