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Palm Northwest Mortuary & Cemetery

6701 North Jones Blvd, Las Vegas, NV

OBITUARY

Matthew Heighes

June 27, 1985June 23, 2020

Matthew Heighes

June 27, 1985 – June 23, 2020

Matthew Heighes, 34, of Las Vegas, NV, died on 23 June 2020. He was born to parents Michael and Kym Heighes, on 27 June 1985 in San Diego, CA.

Matt was raised in California with his eight siblings. As a child, he loved listening to baseball games on the radio, reading, watching Aliens, and avidly collecting baseball cards and Star Wars figurines. As an adult, Matt (aka Matticorn, aka Matticakes) loved spending time with friends, secretly watching Downton Abbey, cheering on the Golden Knights, and going to Aviators games. He was big into CrossFit and would gladly tell anyone that he could squat 450lbs. He also loved supporting the Chargers and the Padres, even though they never won and Katie was trying to convince him to be a Packers fan.

Matt worked as a salesman for United Rentals, beginning in the wash rack, and working his way up to being one of the top salesmen in the area. It was here that he met the friends that he would go on to play Fantasy Football with, something he looked forward to, and would meticulously plan for every year.

But, by far, Matt’s favorite hobby was brewing beer. It all started in 2014–MKAY Brewing was born. He loved experimenting with flavors and trying to make the most aggressive IPA known to man. Matt entered his“Barley Beast” barleywine into a local homebrew competition and won first place!

Matt loved to travel. His favorite trip was to Ireland with his wife, Katie, and he dreamed of moving there, drinking Guinness with lunch everyday, and having his own sheep to herd along the road. He loved their two dogs, Darcy and Barely, after whom some of his best brews were named.

Matt married Katie McKenzie on May 28, 2016 in Las Vegas, NV. Together they raised one child, Juniper Lane.

Matt is survived by his wife, Katie McKenzie, daughter, Juniper Lane, his parents, siblings, and many cherished loved ones including friends and relatives.

A Celebration of Life will be broadcast on Facebook Live at the Palm Northwest Mortuary Facebook page, on Thursday, July 9th at 1:00pm.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Katie and June Memorial Fund for Matt Heighes at https://www.gofundme.com/f/katie-and-june-memorial-fund-for-matt-heighes

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Colby Balkenbush

July 1, 2020

I met Matt through my wife Karolina who attended the cross fit classes he taught. Matt was a blast to hang out with and I greatly enjoyed the time we spent hanging out with him and Katie in 2015. Some favorite memories that come to mind are Matt teaching us how to brew beer for the first time and the importance of extreme sanitation to avoid spoiling the beer, happy hours at Steiners, beer tastings with Matt and Katie at our house, and playing the video game Just Dance after too many drinks. I will always look back with fondness on those times.

Although we have not been in touch with Matt for some time, hearing of his passing has caused us great sadness. I think that speaks to the man Matt was. Even people
who were not especially close to him feel the sorrow that comes from losing such a kind, fun and thoughtful person. We feel fortunate to have known him the short time we did and wish we had stayed in touch. My heart breaks for Katie, Juniper and the many friends and family he leaves behind. You are all in our prayers. Rest In Peace Matt.

Karolina Balkenbush

June 29, 2020

Matt started out as my favorite CrossFit coach of all time and became one of my most cherished friends back in 2015. My husband and I spent our favorite weekends of that year learning the science of brewing beer from Matt and Katie and enjoying many tasty brews together with them at Steiner’s and in our backyard. Those hours together always flew by much too quickly! A good friend is hard to find, and two good friends in one couple is something to be truly cherished. Colby and I were so lucky to get to connect with Matt and Katie back then, before the life changing responsibility of raising tiny humans took over. Even then, before getting married, they were so excited to be parents. Matt was an authentically caring man and he will be deeply missed. May his soul find rest. Our prayers are with Katie, Juniper, and the many family and friends who loved Matt.

Bailey W

June 28, 2020

Matt you were such a great guy and always so full of life. I knew him from work and every time he came by the office he always had a big smile on his face. My thoughts and prayers go out to your family during this time.
Rest In Peace.

Perri G

June 28, 2020

I remember when Matt was just the "cute Crossfit guy." It didn't take long for him to become Katie's #1.

I remember seeing all of the beer bottles, pumps, and tables set up in the garage of Katie and Matt's first home together. I even had the honor of trying one of their first brews.

I remember hearing about all of the games they would check out in California. I remember their excitement after getting their first puppy. I remember seeing the spark in Katie's eye when she mentioned having to leave to go home to Matt.

Matt was always warm, and I don't believe I ever saw him without a smile. I can't stop thinking about June, Katie, and Matt's family. There are no right words. No words at all, really.

All I know is that I'm so happy Matt was able to know love, fatherhood, and family while he was here.

Jordon Smith

June 27, 2020

I only met Matt once, at a Halloween party. He was one of the first person's to talk to me when I arrived. He was so warm and jovial and made me feel welcome. His personality was so inviting and his sense of humor kept everyone laughing.

Nathan Anderson

June 27, 2020

Matt, could always light up the room, make you laugh and give you advise. I remember he would say “we are not construction workers, we are sales reps.” I would joke about it, but honestly I admired his drive. He was loved by so many and I will never for get is laugh.

John Batson

June 26, 2020

Matt will be missed, from his laughter and smile, to his kind words and helpful suggestions. Working with him at United Rentals, Fantasy Football, meeting for lunch or just to share a beer, even after U.R.
Glad you were a part of my life, as many people would agree that he had away to befriend most everyone he talked too.

John B.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY

Biography

Matthew Heighes

June 27, 1985 – June 23, 2020
Matthew Heighes, 34, of Las Vegas, NV, died on 23 June 2020. He was born to parents Michael and Kym Heighes, on 27 June 1985 in San Diego, CA.

Matt was raised in California with his eight siblings. As a child, he loved listening to baseball games on the radio, reading, watching Aliens, and avidly collecting baseball cards and Star Wars figurines. As an adult, Matt (aka Matticorn, aka Matticakes) loved spending time with friends, secretly watching Downton Abbey, cheering on the Golden Knights, and going to Aviators games. He was big into CrossFit and would gladly tell anyone that he could squat 450lbs. He also loved supporting the Chargers and the Padres, even though they never won and Katie was trying to convince him to be a Packers fan.

Matt worked as a salesman for United Rentals, beginning in the wash rack, and working his way up to being one of the top salesmen in the area. It was here that he met the friends that he would go on to play Fantasy Football with, something he looked forward to, and would meticulously plan for every year.

But, by far, Matt’s favorite hobby was brewing beer. It all started in 2014–MKAY Brewing was born. He loved experimenting with flavors and trying to make the most aggressive IPA known to man. Matt entered his“Barley Beast” barleywine into a local homebrew competition and won first place!

Matt loved to travel. His favorite trip was to Ireland with his wife, Katie, and he dreamed of moving there, drinking Guinness with lunch everyday, and having his own sheep to herd along the road. He loved their two dogs, Darcy and Barely, after whom some of his best brews were named.

Matt married Katie McKenzie on May 28, 2016 in Las Vegas, NV. Together they raised one child, Juniper Lane.

Matt is survived by his wife, Katie McKenzie, daughter, Juniper Lane, his parents, siblings, and many cherished loved ones including friends and relatives.

A Celebration of Life will be broadcast on Facebook Live at the Palm Northwest Mortuary Facebook page, on Thursday, July 9th at 1:00pm.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Katie and June Memorial Fund for Matt Heighes at
https://www.gofundme.com/f/katie-and-june-memorial-fund-for-matt-heighes