Matthew passed away after a courageous battle with esophageal cancer. Matt was a man of faith who loved his family—wife, Audrey, and their three boys, Davonte, Matthew Jr., and Raiden—immensely. He enjoyed coaching and watching his boys in their sports endeavors, mountain biking, hiking, camping, and spending time at the beach. Unknown to most, he was a foodie. Matt loved to eat!
Matt was a beloved member of the San Bernardino National Forest whose contributions and friendship extended well beyond our borders and walls. Matt joined the forest in 2007, starting on the Del Rosa Hot Shots on the Front Country Ranger District. He also worked on several engine modules: Del Rosa Engine 30, City Creek Engine 38, and Oak Glen Engine 39. After his diagnosis, Matt worked in the Federal Interagency Communication Center in San Bernardino as a dispatcher. According to his colleagues, Matt truly loved the Forest Service. He was a magnanimous gentle giant who would give you his last two pennies.
Matthew, there are days and THERE ARE DAYS! With you and the Lord guiding me, things are getting done. Life will never be the same without you. I take solace in knowing you are with the Lord, and I will see you again.
Love You Forever