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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