DPS pilot killed in car wreck near Wickenburg laid to rest Tuesday

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

MESA, Ariz. – The Department of Public Safety civilian pilot who was killed in a head-on wreck north of Wickenburg last week was laid to rest Tuesday.

Matthew Uhl was one of the three people killed in the crash on U.S. 93, which is the main route from Phoenix to Las Vegas, a week ago.

Uhl’s funeral will be at St. Timothy’s Catholic Church in Mesa. The service is expected to last about an hour. Uhl will then be buried at Queen of Heaven Cemetery.

Uhl was driving a DPS vehicle north to Kingman last Tuesday night. He was slated to fly Wednesday.

About 12 miles north of Wickenburg, an Explorer that was apparently trying to pass another vehicle collided with Uhl's car. Like Uhl, both the driver and the passenger of that Explorer were pronounced dead at the scene.

Uhl, who had been with DPS since 2006 and flying as a rotary pilot since 2009, was part of the crew that found the 3-year-old Cordes Lakes girl who wandered away from home with her dog and was lost overnight in February 2010.

Those who worked with Uhl say he was a humble man who enjoyed his job and was good at it.

"Matt never really liked to take the credit for the fine job he did," Graves said Wednesday morning. "He just really wanted to give all the credit to his partners and the people at DPS. He will be missed by all of us in the DPS family."

Uhl is survived by his wife and four children.