November 21, 1984 - April 10, 2011

Husband of Sarah,

and father to Kloe,

Matt has found peace in his heavenly home. For this we rejoice, but with heavy hearts.

In our presence, Matt has been a force to contend with. His enthusiasm and gusto filled our hearts. He loved being in nature, whether it was to camp, ride dirt bikes, hunt or fish with his Grandpa Boyd. Matt always relished taking home left-overs from Grandpa and Grandma Westeren's home.

Matt's pride and joy was his daughter, Kloe. He was a very involved father, and shared his excitement about Kloe's new word, tooth, and baby step. Now, he watches over his Kloe from heaven.

Matt leaves behind his mother and father, Laura and Greg Gates, and brother, Jeremy. Also surviving are his grandparents, Nera and Boyd Westeren, Bill and Cheryl Gates, and great-grandma, Laura Westeren, of Silverdale, Wash., in addition to a large extended family of aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Thank you for the time you shared with us, Matt. We will miss you always. Grandpa and I will love you always.

~ Nera Westeren,

aka, Miss Daisy, Grandma