Royce Arnold Matkin

December 30, 1949January 9, 2021

Royce Arnold Matkin was born in Del Rio, Tx on December 30, 1949. After graduating from Killeen High School in 1968, Royce graduated from Texas A&M in 1972 with a BS in Industrial Engineering. Most of his adult life was spent serving the community in different capacities through the City of Killeen and Bell County. Royce thoroughly enjoyed being a Grandpa to his five grandchildren, a husband, a father, spending time at the ranch, and a faithful servant of the community. Preceeded in death by his parents, he is survived by his wife, Beth; daughter and son-in-law Lucy and William North of Champaign, IL; Julia and Tad Dorroh of Killeen; and grandchildren Isaiah, Isaac, and Thomas North, and Zane and Sadie Dorroh; bonus daughter Lacey Hood; brothers, Roger and Joe Matkin of Boerne, Tx; numerous nieces and nephews and a multitude of those who loved him. He began enjoying the wonders of Heaven on January 9, 2021 after battling complications from Covid-19.


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Nancy Pfiester

January 15, 2021

To- Beth, Lucy, and Julia
My sympathies in the loss of your husband and father. I remember you all from our school years at Bellaire School. I know that you are a super family and very supportive of each other and those you know. Our Fifth Grade Classes took various field trips then. Royce was one of the kindest and most helpful county officials upon visits to the Bell County Courthouse. He would arrange for our classes to tour the building and gather in the courtroom where he would give us all the workings of his local role and answer students' questions. It was the time and care that he made for us that was/is so specially remembered.
Nancy Pfiester

Bill and JoyceWo Woughter

January 13, 2021

Beth, Lucy, and Julia,
We've not just lost a great man but also one of our family of faith! I remember the times of fellowship we enjoyed at church and at your house. We feel the loss of Royce very deeply but are comforted to know that this is a temporary separation. We know that we have the privilege to anticipate fellowship with Royce and you again in the presence of the Lord. We pray for your comfort and encouragement!

Mary Lou & Patrick Neault

January 13, 2021

Lucy, Julia & Lacey,
Keeping all of you in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. May you find comfort in the wonderful times you all shared together!

All our Love,
The Neaults

Fred Latham

January 13, 2021

It was my honor to be able to serve with Royce on the Killeen
City Council. He was a very good mentor to his fellow councilmembers and a great public servant. After his time on the council he was elected to be a Bell County Commissioner representing the Killeen area and showed us again his
willingness to serve the citizens in Central Texas. After his
time served there, he went on to serve many other area
Boards and Commissions and did so with grace and dedication.
He was a good husband, father, grandfather, and friend and
practiced his faith for all to see. Renee and I will miss him
and pray that Beth and his family know that we feel their loss.

Robert Ator

January 13, 2021

When I joined Hill Country Transit District in 2000, Royce unreservedly welcomed me and introduced me to the county he obviously loved. Royce was a great example of what a caring, dedicated public servant should be and he treated everyone with respect and courtesy. I have very fond memories of the time we spent together.

Penny Wortham

January 12, 2021

To Beth and family

Always have great memories of you guys from FBC -

Blessing of Peace for you all !

Bobby Whitson

January 12, 2021

While I wasn't close to Mr. Matkin, I always looked up to him as an example of what a man aught to be in his community. Through his service in Killeen and Bell County, he always worked diligently with a smile and common decency I believe God calls us all to emulate. He is one of a few good men that showed me how to provide and care for our community. I wish we had more like him. I am thankful to have known him and I hope I can, in some way, be as beneficial to others as he has been to me.

Rita Kelley

January 12, 2021

I first met Royce in 1993 when he was a Bell County Commissioner and I was soon to be a Bell County employee. I kept in touch with him up to his subsequent retirement with the Hill Country Transit. Royce’s leadership positively impacted my life and that of the Killeen HELP center, the County Indigent Health Care Program, and the Bell County community. He was a kind and thoughtful man and he will be greatly missed.