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In memory of Matthew Benjamin

Created by Family Of Matthew Benjamin

Matthew Benjamin

On February 4th 2008, Matthew and a friend of his used heroin. Several hours later his friend woke up, but Matthew never did. Matthew was a sweet, soft spoken guy. He was a computer whiz and had worked as a technician. He loved to read, write poetry, and just enjoy each day as it came. He was a free spirit kind of guy, who never planned ahead for more then 2 hours. He loved his wife Stephanie and his 4 year old son Elliott. Over the last 5 years, the drugs robbed him of the life he could have had with both of them. Before the drugs controlled him, Matt was active in his church youth group and was baptized at age 15. He professed his faith in Jesus Christ and was living a happy life. Our family holds onto the fact that he is heaven with Jesus now, and free of his pain of drug addiction. Matthew was dearly loved by his brother Nick, sisters Heidi and Amanda, stepbrothers Jeffrey and Dan. He is greatly missed by his parents, grandparents, many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Our lives will never be the same again. We are blessed to have so many people praying for us. This is what gets us through this very sad time. We hope that some good can come from someone reading this memorial to Matthew. If one person stops using drugs because of his story, then our pain of losing him will be lightened. Thank you for taking the time to read our tribute to Matt, His loving family

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Guest Book


1. Julie
So sorry for your loss.
2. Lori Schudlich
Matt was my nephew. He was very loving, kind and a good-hearted person. Like all of us, we have made bad choices. I know Matt's heart, and I know he is in heaven with the Lord. He will be dearly missed by all of us and loved forever.
3. Lisa Silvano
Deborah, I read your memorial and my mouth dropped. February 4, 1999 is my identical twin sister's anniversary. Her name is Michelle. She died of a heroin overdose. I am so very sorry for your loss. I cried when I read your story. If you need to talk, you can email me. I have a website that I created for my sister as well that I would like to share with you. I just want you to know that my heart goes out to your family and I wish you all the be
4. Sarah Halberg
I've had the pleasure of knowing Matt since 1999. We dated for about a year in highschool and it was one of those relationships that you never forget about. Matt made everything so magical and had one of the biggest hearts I've ever come across. Even after the breakup, we never lost touch and continued to catch up with each other. He would tell me about his wife, his son and his voice would just be so full of life that I knew he loved them truely. I'm going to miss him more then he'll ever know.
5. Theresa Basting
My God be with all of you in this time of such deep grief. Rest in God's love. He will take you through it. My precious son Jason died March 5th 2008 of a heroin overdose. I understand your pain. I am so sorry for your loss. Sincerly, Terri
6. Cathleen Zepeda
I am so sorry for your loss. My brother Jimmy also died of a heroin overdose in July. It is such an awful thing to loose someone to this disease. I pray that with time we can talk about them with smiles instead of tears! Again, I am so sorry for your loss.
7. Nicole DelBuono
I'm terribly sorry for your loss. Your family is in my prayers. I lost my sister to heroin-
8. Lori Benjamin
I have had the great pleasure of being a part of Matthews life for the last eight years. He was a very loving,caring & unique young man. He always(no matter what was going on in his life)had a beautiful smile for everyone in his presence. I will never forget seeing him hold his son for the first time,seeing the joy & love in his eyes. For the short time that I was able to be apart of Matthews Life,I loved and adored him & his unique personallity. Alot of loving memories. Lori Benjami
9. Katie Ramirez
I say the same thing about my friend Brandon. He's in heaven now and isn't suffering with his addiction everyday. They are both in better, happier places. I am sorry for your loss, and let them both rest in peace.
10. Elaine Davidsmama
I am so sorry for the loss of your handsome son. I know he was the light on a sunny day to you. Please know that we ( families) care about you and your family. I pray peace and love for you all. Enjoy your memories and pictures and that special mark he made on you that will never change or go away. Many of us keep in touch to lift each other up. Please go to to view my son's profile and we will keep in contact that way. Jesus loves you!!
11. Angela Gwynn Mother Of Dallas Nguyen
Deborah and Heidi, I am so deeply sorry you have lost Matthew. What a handsome child. I know and feel your pain and despair. My son too, my son too fell to heroin. I lost him July 2007. Or was it yesterday, or was it a hundred years? We will never be he same. Never. They are irreplacable and we will love them beyond this world. You are with the many unwilling survivors of the demon of drugs. Peace and love to you and your family....
12. Heidi Benjamin
Finally the day has come, the dread of the end. My baby brother, my blood, my love, my friend. We entered into this world under one love. Over the years things have changed,our lives have been rearranged,but that bond we have will never fade. I know one day we will meet again. It may not be today,tomorrow,or even next year, but one day we will meet in the glorious heavens above. Life will NEVER be the same with out my brother Matthew Lane. If only drugs didn't have their way. I miss him so much!
13. Denise Warner Kenneth Ray Miranda Mom
I am so sorry to hear about your loss. I lost my 15 yr old son xmas 2006 to drugs, so I know how heartbreaking it is. Sometimes life just doesn't seem fair. Your family will be in my prayers. He was a handsome boy.