Jose Mata

February 19, 1933February 19, 2021

Jose Vidal “Bill” Mata February 19, 1933 - February 19, 2021

Jose Vidal “Bill” Mata, 88, of Lubbock, passed away peacefully on February 19, 2021 while surrounded by loved ones in his home. Bill was born on February 19, 1933 to Lorenzo and Ercelia (Martel) Mata in Woodrow, TX.

He married Victoria “Vickie” Torres on October 18, 1973, and they shared 47 beautiful and happy years together. Bill and his wife were both dedicated and beloved members of the Lubbock East Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses, where he also served as an Elder. He took great pleasure in studying the word of Jehovah and never missed an opportunity to minister to others. Bill always found peace being outdoors, usually tending to his garden, barbecuing for his family, or enjoying the weather with a beer and his dog, Luna by his side.

He is survived by his wife, Vickie; his children: Yolanda (Roland Torres) Gonzalez, Rachel (Louis) Alonzo, Ruby (Steve) Saavedra, Elsa Camacho, Melody (Joe) Perez, Roberta Gonzalez, Raymond (Anita) Mata, Paul Mata, Jose Mata, Lee (Willie Jean) Archuleta; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents, two of his sons Rudolfo Mata and Joe Archuleta, and granddaughter Denise Reyes-Alonzo.

Bill will always be loved and remembered by all who knew him.

There will be an online memorial Saturday, February 27th at 2 pm. The link will be available on Thursday, February 25th. Please contact the family for this information


  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, February 27, 2021


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Anita "Hernandez" Pena

February 27, 2021

To Vickie and all our cousins and their families. We were very saddened to hear our Tio Vidal (Billy) has passed. From the Eloisa Hernandez family (tio's sister). We are so sorry for our loss, May God grant the family the strength to cope with this huge loss. Tio Vidal was a great uncle and brother. He was always smiling. We will continue praying for the family for healing & comfort.
May Tio R.I.P. our deepest sympathies to you and the family.

Patricia White

February 27, 2021

I will see in paradise brother. Family stay strong and trust in Jehovah. Isa 41: 10,13

Rebecca Bustos

February 26, 2021

I appreciated my Grandpa being there for me when I attended Texas Tech in Lubbock. One time, I locked my self out of my car trying to rush to class and I was hesitant to call him. I remember he dropped what he was doing and helped me unlock my car with a hanger! He always was on time taking me and picking me up from the airport when I attended school conferences. I cherish the times I would visit him and drink a beer when I was homesick. Love and miss you!

Marcie Payton

February 26, 2021

To the Family of Bro. Mata...
I have so many funny and loving memories of him. He was like my "spiritual grandfather" and one of the best man I've known. He will be truly missed and I will continue to pray to Jehovah to be with the family. He's in the best place he can be... Jehovah's memory.
Agape Love to the Family. 🙏❤

Diana Caudillo

February 25, 2021

Uncle Billy may you Rest In Peace. You are forever in my heart. Aunt Vickie and family we hold you deep in our hearts during this time of sorrow. May you find some comfort knowing that he and my mom his sister “Celia” have reunited once again.
Love you
Tudy, Diana and family

Jackie Worthey

February 25, 2021

Bill was one one of the nicest men i knew. I loved visiting with Bill and Vicki. We shared grandchildren and his love showed so much for his family..He took pride in his home but the most important thing in Bill's life was he loved God and it showed in his everyday life. HE will be missed..

Billy Mata

February 24, 2021

I was very saddened to hear the news of Uncle Billy’s passing. He was a good man and my father loved his older brother. My father shared many stories of their adventures growing up in Woodrow. They are together again. RIP Uncle Billy. The photo attached I took in March 2015.