Matthew James King
1965 ~ 2015

Following a brave six and a half year battle, Matthew James King, 50, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on December 27, 2015 from complications due to pancreatic cancer.

Matt was born in Salt Lake City on June 25, 1965. He grew up in Texas and New Mexico, graduated from Thoreau High School, and then attended college at New Mexico State University. He served a valiant mission for the LDS church in Spokane, Washington and then a semester of Study Abroad in Israel. Thereafter he attended Brigham Young University, where he graduated in 1992 with a degree in Psychology. While at BYU, he met his wife, Jodi Raban, country dancing and they were married in 1991 for eternity in the Mesa, Arizona temple.

Matt always said he had been born in the wrong era; he was a cowboy from days gone by. From delivering newspapers on horseback as a youth, to breaking and training young colts, to steer roping, he was a master at everything he put his mind to. He went to Phoenix, Arizona in the middle of his senior year of high school to attend Ferrier school and also became a master ferrier. He loved to ride, he loved to rope, and he loved to train. He didn’t love to shoe, but he was still dang good at it! He truly was a great hand at whatever he did.

Matt could build anything. He was taught those skills by both of his grandfathers and was a master builder. He was a perfectionist at everything he did, so when he built something, you knew it was solid and well-made.

Matt was an entrepreneur; he started and ran several businesses and because he was such a hard worker and didn’t believe in doing things half way, anything he started was successful.

Matt’s life was a life full of service. He served in many capacities in the LDS church; he taught the youth, served in Young Men, and also as Elders Quorum President. He will always be remembered for the time he spent helping others and doing things for them that they couldn’t do for themselves.

Matt is survived by his wife Jodi, and their three children Courtney (22), Cooper (14), and Reiney (10), his mother Coranne King and his sisters, Barbara Shoemaker (John) and Sandra Gillam (Brian). He is preceded in death by his father Conrad D King.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday January 2, 2016 at 11:00 am at the Lindon West Stake Center, 1030 West 1600 North, Orem, Utah. Family and friends may call on Friday, January 1, 2016 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at the Stake Center, and again on Saturday morning from 9:00 to 10:30 at the church prior to services.

It has been said that “When someone has cancer, the whole family and everyone who loves them does, too.” The family wants to thank those who have loved, supported, prayed, and served them during these past 6 ½ years.

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