Past Grand Commander's of
the Grand Commandery of Texas

Grand Commander
William Ellis (Bill) Matyastik
Title: Grand Commander
Year: 2008 - 2009
Home Commandery: Waco No. 10
His Lady: Maggie


Bill was raised to the sublime degree of a Master Mason on July 20, 1965, in Waco Lodge No. 92 A.F. & A.M. He affiliated with John Armstrong Lodge No. 291 on June 15, 1998, and served as Worshipful Master 2000-2001. He is endowed in Waco Lodge No. 92, John Armstrong Lodge No.291, and Tranquility Lodge.

He became a member of the Waco Scottish Rite Bodies and Karem Shrine Temple on July 31, 1965. He is endowed in the Scottish Rite, and has served on various degree teams. He was invested with the rank of Knight Commander of the Court of Honour on October 3, 2001. He served as auditor for Karem Temple from 1973 to 1982, and was on the Directors' staff for four years.

He was exalted as a Companion of the Royal Arch degree in Waco Chapter #45 on November 9, 1966, and greeted in Waco Council #33 on November 10, 1966. He is endowed in both bodies. He served as High Priest of Waco Chapter in 1973; Grand Junior Steward for the Grand Chapter in 1975; District Deputy Grand High Priest for District #18 in 1997; Grand Treasurer 1996-2003; Order of High Priesthood in 1973. He served as Thrice Illustrious Master of Waco Council in 1972; Grand Treasurer 1996-2003; Order of the Silver Trowel in 1972. He received the degree of Super Excellent Master November 6, 1967.

He was knighted in Waco Commandery No. 10 on March 15, 1967. Served as commander in 1974. Plural membership with Tancred Commandery #83 in 1999. He is endowed in both commanderies.

Member of Texas York Rite College #14 since May 13, 1995, and is endowed. Received the Order of the Purple Cross on July 28, 2001. Member of Demolay Conclave Chapter of the Knights of the Red Cross of Constantine since May 9, 1992. Server as Puissant Sovereign in 2002. He is a life member of the Royal Order of Scotland, initiated on September 3, 1996.

He received the Knight York Cross of Honor December 2001 in Texas Priory No. 23. He was initated into the Waco-Connally Chapter #482 of National Sojourners on June 11, 1999, and is a member in perpetuity. He is a charter member of Texas Chapter Knight Preceptors, and presided as Preceptor in 2006. He is a member of the Texas Lodge of Research.

Bill and Maggie were initated into Waco Chapter No. 7 Order of the Eastern Star on September 15, 1977. Served together as Worthy Patron and Worthy Matron 2001-2002. They are dual members with Marlin Chapter No. 286.

In April 1999 he was elected Grand Sentinel of the Grand Commandery Knights Templar of Texas, the bottom of the line in Texas. On April 21, 2008, he was installed and is currently serving as Grand Commander of the Grand Commandery Knights Templar of Texas