Beloved, son, father, brother, grandson, and friend, Matthew Alan Jones passed away on Dec. 31, 2001 in Silver Spring, Maryland.
He was born on January 29, 1973 in Ogden, Utah, a joyfully welcomed son to his parents, Gary M. and Shirley Greenwood Jones. His three-year-old sister, Jennifer, who had patiently awaited the arrival of her brother, insisted on sharing the mothering duties. Matthew spent his early childhood as her shadow and sidekick.
Whether catching bees in a bottle or riding his "big wheel" down Kings Hill Drive, he knew no fear. He had stitches in his head nine times before he finished second grade. Once he got through the short-lived awkward stage, though, he was poetry in motion.
Matthew was loyal, gorgeous, bright, creative, charming, fun, funny, and generous. He always kept money in his pockets for people down on their luck. He was a natural athlete, playing baseball, football, soccer, golf, and hockey. He passed on wrestling after deciding he didn't look cool in the uniform. (and Matthew knew "cool.") Matt was adventurous. He loved to ski, mountain bike and snow board. His favorite sports included anything that allowed him to "catch air."
He contracted juvenile diabetes at age 14, a life-altering event that he outwardly took in stride, but ultimately became his nemesis.
Matthew was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He attended Brighton High School and graduated from Skyline. He attended the University of Utah where he joined the Phi Gamma Delta (FiJi) fraternity.
He married Sheree Miller in July of 1997 in Mission Bay, California. They were later divorced, but remained close friends.
He began his employment career selling cars in Salt Lake City and Irvine, California. He sold a car to a Hollywood agent who recruited him. He joined the Screen Actors Guild and appeared in one episode of "Bay Watch" before moving on to more serious pursuits. He worked as an internet recruiter and web page designer in California and Maryland. He was successful in recruiting several physicians to relocate to California and the Eastern states. He stayed in Silver Spring to be near his one-year-old daughter, Devin Nichole. She was his greatest joy.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Horace T. and Laura McBride Jones, and Jennie Bishop Greenwood. He is survived by his daughter, his parents; his sister Jennifer and her husband Philip Beck and their children Erin Elisabeth and Alexander Philip, and his grandfather,
Orren J. Greenwood. He is also survived by 22 aunts and uncles and 39 cousins and their spouses and children.
Though we will miss him terribly, his family takes comfort in the knowledge that this world is not our home, and that through the atonement of Jesus Christ we will be united again as an eternal family in a far, far better place.
Funeral services will be Friday, Jan. 11, 2002, at 12 noon in the Wasatch 5th Ward Chapel, 8100 So. Top of the World Dr. (3675 East). Friends may call Thursday 6-8 p.m. at Goff Mortuary, 8090 So. State, and Friday at the church from 10:45-11:45 a.m. Interment, Sandy City Cemetery.