Virgil T. Mathias, 67, lived at Priest Rapids amongst his family and children. He was born in St. Ignatius to Paul and Bessie on December 24, 1953 and joined all the loved ones and the creator that have gone on February 18, 2021. Virgil attended many schools throughout his lifetime and graduated from Eisenhower high school. To further his education, he ended up at many colleges through out the Northwest and was a few credits shy of a degree at the university of Washington. He had settled down post schooling with his wife Eliza and four children at Priest Rapids. He raised his children of the washat/longhouse faith at Priest Rapids Longhouse. While here at Priest rapids, he got a Job working for Grant County PUD as a Hydro Maintenance Assistant until he left his duty in 2004 to live life to the fullest. He loved travelling to pow wows and stickgames, money or not. He had lived a lifetime full of adventure from fishing on the Skagit to working security in Nome, Alaska. In his final years, he moved back to priest rapids village to live with his family and enjoy retirement.
Virgil is Survived by his brothers Reuben (Phylis), Bud and Tom. His sisters Naida and Cheryl (Wayne). His children Clarice (Lightening), Eunice, Martha and Kenny. His multiple grandchildren from all over the northwest and Montana and even more great grandchildren. He also leaves behind the ones who he called brothers and sisters Rex, Angela, Wilma, Carmen, Rachel and DR Rojas and all his family at the Wahluke Clinic. He is preceded in death by his father Paul, mother Bessie, Brothers Gary and Muggie Sooksoit, Wanapum family Eliza, Lenora, Reamona, Philip, Kenneth, Richard, Lester, Melvin, Dean, Pat SR, Grant and two Grandchildren Quentin Paul and Violetrain Paul.
Funeral arrangements for Virgil are as follows: Dressing at Priest Rapids Longhouse February 22nd, 2021 followed by a small washat service and then he will be transported to Elmo for his final service and was buried at Dayton Cemetery February 23rd, 2021.
Iron Club will be very missed by all his Kootenai people, Wanapum family, stickgame family, and his Wahluke Clinic family. He is no longer getting left behind and gets to catch up to Liza and the chynach crew. GO HAWKS!