OBITUARY

Matthew "Matt" Bishop

January 3, 1989December 29, 2020

Matthew “Matt” Bishop

Age 31, of Blaine

Passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Tuesday, December 29, 2020 and is now with his heavenly Father.

Matt will be deeply missed by his loving and devoted wife, Katie Bishop; parents, Mike and Cathy Bishop; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Pete and Mary Houdek; grandparents, Glenn and Lorraine Svensk; siblings, Andrea (Brian) Howard and their son, Landon; Stephen Bishop; brother-in-law, Thomas (Tori Enstad) Houdek; aunts and uncles, Tom and Rita Svensk, Jim and Sharon Svensk, Jill and Bruce Nelson, David and Patty Bishop, Kathy (Bishop) Roderick; Matt will also be deeply missed by his many cousins and countless friends.

Preceded in death by his grandparents, Bob and Karen Bishop.

Matt’s family extends a heartfelt thank you to the doctors, nurses and staff of the Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT) unit at the U of M Hospital, The BMT Clinic, Masonic Journey and Cancer Clinics, DaVita Kidney Care in Blaine, and Fairview Hospice for their wonderful care and support given to Matt throughout the years.

Matt attended Calvin Christian School from K-8th grade; Blaine High School; St. Cloud State University where he majored in Communications and minored in Coaching.

Matt was a hard worker and had many jobs in high school and college. After college, his path to continue in broadcasting was halted by his first cancer diagnosis of non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma in October 2012. He was declared cancer-free October 23, 2014.

Matt began his broadcasting career at KROX in Crookston, MN as an on-air host and sports play-by-play for both the local college (Golden Eagles) and high school (Pirates). He fell in love with the people and made friends fast. During this time he was introduced to the love of his life, Katie. While they were dating, after 14 months of being cancer free, he was fighting the same cancer battle again. After intense treatments he was cancer free for the second time. On May 6, 2016 he received a bone marrow transplant (BMT) at the U of M Hospital.

Post BMT there were many highs and lows. Matt and Katie were engaged, and married. His passion for Christ never wavered. He was able to spend time with family and friends, and remained cancer free.

The medical complications that followed transplant were fierce and frequent. A rare blood disorder was discovered. He was unable to continue with his passion in radio.

In the end, his blood disorder led to his final hospital stay. He was able to return home and spend his last days surrounded by his family. His passion for Christ, love of his wife, family, and friends were ever present throughout his journey. He lived life well!

A Celebration of Life Service for Matt will be held in the future when it is safe for us to gather again.

Memorials requested in Matt’s honor to charity of donor’s choice.

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  • FAMILY

  • Matt will be deeply missed by his loving and devoted wife, Katie Bishop; parents, Mike and Cathy Bishop; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Pete and Mary Houdek; grandparents, Glenn and Lorraine Svensk; siblings, Andrea (Brian) Howard and their son, Landon; Stephen Bishop; brother-in-law, Thomas (Tori Enstad) Houdek; aunts and uncles, Tom and Rita Svensk, Jim and Sharon Svensk, Jill and Bruce Nelson, David and Patty Bishop, Kathy (Bishop) Roderick; Matt will also be deeply missed by his many cousins and countless friends.
    Preceded in death by his grandparents, Bob and Karen Bishop

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Greg Strausbaugh

January 5, 2021

I had no idea Mary - my condolences and prayers to you and yours.
May he rest in peace and broadcast from above.

Patrick Sweeney

January 4, 2021

Unfortunately, I never met Matt, but remember hearing him on KROX and being aware of his health issues. Am profoundly sorry to learn of his passing. Deepest sympathies to Katie, his family and friends.

Pam Schnettler

January 4, 2021

I first met Matt when he was baptized the same day as my daughter at Calvary Community Church in June of 2011. Starting that fall, Matt and I both helped with the middle school youth group at Calvary. During the two years I helped with this ministry, it was an inspiration to me to see Matt sharing his love of God and love for those young people. Even though our paths did not cross much after the spring of 2013, being a Facebook friend of Matt's continued to demonstrate to me his great love of God, family and friends. I am grateful to have known him.

Sherri Stumpf

January 3, 2021

I knew Matt as a heathy young man when I volunteered with his parents at Constance. Through each of his battles, I admired his strength, courage and steadfast love of Christ. He was a truly amazing soul. I hope his book was far enough along to be published, since his insight and resilience would be a real blessing to so many. And just like him to be able to continue to witness even after his passing. I picture him now in the arms of Jesus, laughing and being able to realize all he’s done in so many hearts. I can just hear the resounding “Well done, good and faithful servant.” Rest In Peace Matt.

Scott Chisholm

January 3, 2021

Bish and I met in the summer of 2010 in Alexandria, MN. He was the broadcaster for the Beetles - the team I had the pleasure of coaching for 2 years. Simply put, Bish was one of those once in a lifetime personalities that is impossible to forget. Funny, upbeat, consistently positive, and above all - filled with supreme faith in God.

Bish and I stayed in touch over the last 10 years through text and phone calls. His love for God during his battles with cancer inspired my wife and I. We were navigating our own challenges with the health of our children - and we routinely were reminder of the unwavering faith that Bish lived by. I will never forget this - as part of God’s plan was to connect with others spiritually - through the way Bish chose to live. It gave me goosebumps to listen to the way he talked about Katie. She was his true love - and his desire to be a great husband was important to him. We talked often about his nephew Landon - and we would share photos with each other - him with Landon, and mine with our 4 children.

Bish, may you Rest In Peace. Meagan and I love you more than you will ever know. Thank you for living your life fearlessly, and rooted in love for God - and trusting his plan.

Jeff Dinsmore

January 2, 2021

RIP Matt. I met him for about 5 years. He was a very talented guy with doing the sports at NMTV. I am really glad we had the time to do football, and hockey with him. A great talent and a class guy. RIP my friend.

Kari Burgard

January 1, 2021

My husband, Jeremy, and I had the privilege of being in a house group with Matt prior to his move to Crookston. His energy was contagious and we always enjoyed chatting about sports (especially college level). We will miss his encouraging messages and we are praying that your family will feel held and comforted in this season.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY