OBITUARY

Matthew J. West

October 28, 1949October 26, 2018
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Matthew J. West was called to his Lord and Savior on October 26, 2018 at the age of 68, just two days shy of his birthday. Matthew is survived by his loving wife of 26 years, Amelia West, children, and grandchildren. Matthew is preceded in death by his parents. Matthew was born on October 28, 1949 in Minnesota to his late parents Howard and Margaret West. Immediately after high school, Matthew went on to serve his country in the US Air Force in Vietnam, and the Army National Guard. After serving his country he later became an Investigator with the D.A.s office in Kern County and retired in 2009.

Matthew enjoyed many hobbies, such as spending time composing music, playing in his church band, golfing, boating, baking sweets, backpacking, and camping with his family. He loved watching the Minnesota Vikings play football and dreamt of building his own boat one day. Matthew volunteered his time in the Philippines building homes with Habitat for Humanity, feeding the homeless, and providing medical assistance to those in need.

Matthews’s family will always remember him as an adventurous and generous spirit, who taught them independence, outdoor skills, responsibility, and personal safety. He was a father figure to many, not just his biological children. He positively impacted many lives around the world and always brightened the room with his quick laughter and wisdom.

DeYoung Memorial Chapel is honored to serve the West family. A visitation will be held on Saturday November, 3, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. with a Chapel service at 2:00 p.m. at DeYoung Memorial Chapel, 601 N. California St. Stockton, CA 95202. In lieu of flowers the family asks that you make a donation to Cancer Research for a Cure in honor of Matthew J. West. https://www.cancerresearch.org/join-the-cause/donate/one-time-donation

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, November 3, 2018
  • Chapel Service Saturday, November 3, 2018
REMEMBERING

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Amelia West

November 5, 2018

Lucila Sayao

November 3, 2018

Patrick Sayao

November 3, 2018

God saw you getting tired when cure was not to be, so he wrapped his arms around you and whispered ,"Come unto me, you didn't deserved what you went through," and so he gave you rest. So peaceful and free from pain. I could not wish you to come back to suffer that all again for you are such a good man, a good companion, a dear friend. Thank you uncle Matt for being part of our family, your memories will be forever remember.


Patrick Sayao

Lucila Sayao

November 3, 2018

The first time I met you when you visited us in Obando, I gave you a tshirt and you were so happy and you hug me. And I said to myself, oh god I love this man.
The day God called your name, it broke my heart. But heaven needed an angel, and he picked you, but you left memories in our heart and that's where they'll always be. I just wish that I could hug you one more time just like the first time I met you before you had to go.
No matter how much time will pass, we"ll miss you! Keep shining bright in heaven, so you can light our way.
Rest in Peace Matt, my dear Brother!

Cesar Verdeflor

November 3, 2018

I'll miss you my friend. I remember the day we were playing at the Farmer's Market. You approached the band and shared to us your story of travels to Bohol and interest in music too. Soon you came on board and became part of the Agora Christian Band.

Sarah Oppermann

November 3, 2018

No one can prepare you for a loss; it comes like a swift wind. May care and love of those around you provide comfort and peace to get you through the days ahead. May Matt's soul rest in peace, I firmly believe that God will accept him with open arms for all the good he has done while he was on earth.

Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.
Familiy Oppermann

Mary Jane West-Delgado

November 2, 2018

Several of us cousins met Matt and Amelia and their young kids at Buck Owen's Crystal Palace in Bakersfield. We had a lot of laughs and good times as we enjoyed dinner. Then, it was a time to dance, country western and POLKA! Well, I love to dance, with lots of energy, and I found out that Matt, well, not so much. But I coerced him onto the dance floor and I thought we were going to "take off" bouncing and twirling around the dance floor, so I eagerly kind of started first. Matt took about one step as I was already into my 3rd hop, looks at me with his ever-boyish grin and says, "Hmmm, you like to lead don't you?" I blushed, (which is not easy to make me do, right cousins?!) he smiled that beautiful, gentle smile of his, and off we went around the room, Heehaw! It was a dance with a bit less energy, but one I have remembered often, and I blush every time :). Love you Matt, miss the sparkle in your eyes when you smile 😘

Mary West

November 2, 2018

Matt is with Dad and Mom now is peace.

Troy West

November 1, 2018

Troy West

November 1, 2018