1965 ~ 2015
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.