Philip M. Mathew

January 19, 1943March 7, 2020

Obituary Our beloved husband and father was born in Elampal, Kerala, India, to Evg. M.P. Philip and Mariamma on January 19, 1943. He was the youngest in a family of ten children. Raised in a fervent Christian home, he trusted in the Lord Jesus as his Savior at a young age. After graduating from Punalur High School, he worked as a stenographer in Mumbai.

He moved back to Kerala and studied homeopathy, which remained one of his great interests. He was a member of Kulathupuzha Brethren Assembly, a founder of the Kulathupuzha YMCA, Life Tract Society, and youth group Soldiers of Christ. He married Mary Mathew (Gracy) on January 28, 1971. The Lord blessed him with three sons, Dr. Philip Mathew (Roy), Dilip Mathew, George Mathew, and eleven grandchildren.

In 1974, in a faith-filled journey, he immigrated to the United States. He was warmly welcomed by Fourth Memorial Church in Spokane, WA where he made many long-lasting friends. He was overjoyed when Gracy and Roy joined him in 1977.

He earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Walla Walla University and worked as a Registered Nurse in Oregon and Washington State, caring for numerous patients for thirty years until his retirement in 2008. He served as a deacon at Central Christian Church in Portland, OR and was an active member of North Addison Baptist Church in Spokane, WA. He and Gracy moved to Olympia, WA in 2016, and then to Dallas, TX in 2018.

Our husband and father was a man of prayer and great faith, quietly setting a consistent and loving example for us through his very real and personal relationship with the Lord. He deeply loved his wife and family, and was especially grateful to the Lord for the blessing and presence of his grandchildren. Despite his physical struggles, he remained strong in the Lord and did not lose heart—fixing his eyes not on what is temporary, but on what is eternal (2 Cor 4:16-18).

Besides Gracy, his sons, and their families, he is survived by his beloved brother M.P. George, and many nephews, nieces, and other family members around the world.

We are grateful to the Lord for giving us such a loving, kind, and caring husband, father, and grandfather, and for the many memories we made together. Though we will always deeply miss his gentle touch, smiling face, and loving presence, we look forward to reuniting with him in the presence of our Lord. Thank you for honoring his life with us.

Dr. Philip and Jiny Mathew (Roshan, Asha) Dilip and Nessy Mathew (Hannah, Joshua, Jonathan, Jason, Joanna) George and Anita Mathew (Abigail, Anya, and Nithya)


  • Funeral Service Saturday, March 14, 2020
  • Committal Service Saturday, March 14, 2020


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Binesh Tharakan

March 14, 2020

Nothing but wonderful memories of Uncle Mathew - Rest in Peace.

Jogee Tharakan

March 14, 2020

We are saddened to hear of the passing of Uncle Mathew. As children we fondly remember the family trips, the dinners, prayer meetings, birthday parties and the numerous other occasions spent with him, Aunty and his three sons. We truly looked forward to spending time with them not only because Roy, Dilip and George were our friends but how uncle and aunty loved us like we were their own children. Our parents always enjoyed the evenings spent with Uncle and Aunty; long after us kids had fallen asleep they would be up all night sharing stories of their daily lives in America and the shared experiences and memories of Kerala. Our summer retreats of Christian fellowship together with other Malayalee families, filled with singing of devotional hymns, prayers, communion and sharing of meals, will be forever cherished memories of ours.

Uncle was truly a wonderful man of God. His loving spirit was always evident. His smile would light up a room, his laugh was contagious! The laughs and great times that we shared as families will always be remembered. We thank Uncle for blessing us with his friendship.

With Deepest Condolences to Aunty, Roy, Dilip, George and their families.

-Leela Tharakan, Binesh Tharakan & family and Jogee Tharakan

Elizabeth Mohan

March 12, 2020

Missing my brother in law Unnikunjachayan and remembering how special he was. As it’s time to bid you earthly goodbye, I ache within feeling your absence, though I know for sure, you are safe in the arms of our Heavenly Father.

I praise God for your blessed life. A person who fought a good fight through prayers and determination. A loving husband for my sister, a responsible caring father, and a wonderful brother in law. We miss your smile and your willingness to share a chat making people around you laugh.

With all cherished joyous moments we spent together, it’s time to bid you earthly goodbye….

In the sweet bye and bye, we shall meet on that beautiful shore.

Your loving sister in law,
Elizabeth Mohan (Elsy)
Chennai, India

John Martin

March 10, 2020

It was a blessing to know Philip for several months while he lived with George and Anita and their three children in Tumwater, Washington. He was a godly man who has a godly family, following our Lord, as he did. It is a great comfort to know he now sees the face of his Redeemer and will eternally be in the presence of his Lord.

Ruby Jacob John

March 9, 2020

Our dear appachen, a God-fearing person, always with a charming smile, less speaking but more loving, loved to laugh, kept relationships, the man who has the zeal to serve Lord Jesus Christ, yes appacha we will miss you a lot, but we have great hope in Christ to meet you soon on that beautiful shore.
Dear ammachi and all three achachen's family, let God's comfort be with you all.
Ruby Jacob John, Gujarat,India