Matthew R. Salazar

2012-10-06T00:00:00Z Matthew R. Salazar The Billings Gazette
October 06, 2012 12:00 am

Matthew R. Salazar went to be with the Lord on Oct. 2, 2012. Matt was born May 29, 1971, to Rita Gonzalez in Worland, Wyo. Matt was raised in Worland with many family and friends. Matt and his mother took care of each other along with his brother, Mike Gonzalez (Sarah), until her passing. Matt loved him dearly. Matt graduated from Worland High School, class of 1989.

He overachieved in many sports: football, wrestling, softball, and was mostly known for his boxing, for which he went to the Junior Olympics.

He was a machine operator for Burlington Northern Railroad for 20 years, in which he spent a lot of time traveling for his employment. Sundays were very hard for him when he had to leave his Reyna beyna, Britney, and his wife of five years. They were married June 30, 2007, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church.

He is survived by his wife of five years, Kandice Lee Salazar; daughter Reyna beyna; step-children Angelina Hernandez, T J Hernandez, Joseph Hernandez and Britney Charles, whom he loved like a daughter; uncle Ernie and Jennie Hernandez, and his uncle Cipi who taught him his boxing skills; siblings Mike Gonzalez (Sarah); nieces and nephews Amelia and Isaac. He also has many cousins but had a special bond and fond memories with his cousin Braxton Hernandez, as well as other numerous family members and in-laws. Matt was respected by all who knew him. He will be missed by all.

A memorial gathering will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, at Smith’s Downtown Chapel, 925 S. 27th St. Services will be 11 a.m. Monday at Freedom Church, 550 32nd St. W. Final services will be in Worland, Wyo., 7 p.m. Wednesday and 11 a.m. Thursday at the Mary Magdalen Catholic Church. Rite of interment will follow at Riverside Cemetery in Worland.

Reyna Beyna says dabum! Papi, you will never know how much I love you and wished that I could take all your pain away. But now you are at peace and won’t hurt no more. Thank you for a wonderful life. Always and forever, Vieja.

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