Oct. 30, 1989-Feb. 25, 2018
Matthew, our Heavenly Angel, was born on Oct. 30, 1989, in Riverside, Calif. At the age of 4 Matthew moved with his mother, Cherie, father, John, and 1-year-old sister, Melanie, to our small town of Tehachapi. This is where Matthew’s adventurous journey began.
He would grow up in Tehachapi attending Golden Hills and Tompkins Elementary schools where he excelled in writing. He went on to attend Jacobsen Junior High and then graduated from Tehachapi High School in 2008. While attending high school Matthew participated in multiple sports including football, baseball and wrestling.
In his younger years he loved baseball and played for Tehachapi Little League every year he was age eligible. He was an all-star on the field, able to play multiple positions and excelled as a pitcher and a catcher. He played soccer for a few seasons but after helping the other team score too many goals, he realized baseball and BMX were his sports.
Matthew loved extreme sports and he always pushed the limits to be the very best he could be. His passion was riding BMX bikes at Woodward West and Snowboarding at Mammoth Mountain. He had a love for the great outdoors and enjoyed running to keep him active and healthy and dirt bike riding to feed his adrenaline. He was driven to learn new things and had taught himself how to play the drums, surf and had even tried calf riding at the local rodeo. He was a natural artist and had won his division of the local Chalk on the Walk.
A year after graduating high school Matthew wanted to serve his country and joined the United States Marine Corps. Even though he did not travel much during his years with the Marines, as he was stationed in Oceanside and 29 Palms, he did travel and live in many different cities and states once his service was completed. One of these locations was Redwood Valley, Calif., where Matthew had a calling to help people and was a volunteer firefighter and earned his EMT certification.
Matthew’s greatest joy was the birth of his precious daughter Kinnley Anne Rose, born on March 28, 2016 at 10:06 p.m. and his greatest sorrow was her passing on March 29, 2016 at 2:45 a.m. He was looking forward to being a dad and when she passed he wished for her to be in a place of “unimaginable happiness.”
Matthew had a contagious life and a smile that would light up a room. His friends were many and he was loyal to them. He was admired by many for his different talents and the girls followed him like lost puppy dogs when they looked at his beautiful eyes.
Matthew had a special relationship with each person in his family. His mom was his biggest cheerleader, his sister his biggest ally, his dad his best teacher, his aunts, uncles and cousins, his best friends. Their sorrow is great because their love was even greater. He is survived by his mother and father Cherie and John Roussel, sister Melanie Roussel, nephew Mikey Lowder, father Frank Cardoso, sisters Melissa, Krystal and Jillian, grandparents Jack and Sharon Johnson, Lorraine Roussel, Roy and Joyce Roussel, Maria and Manuel Cardoso. Matthew had a special bond with his extended family that included his Aunt Shelly, Aunt Melissa, Uncle James, Howie, Andrew, Isaac, Jacob and numerous other aunts, uncles and cousins.
Matthew's wish in life was to save lives; this purpose was fulfilled when he became an organ donor. His family prayed for a miracle, God granted a miracle just not the one they had prayed for. God’s miracle was for Matthew to fulfill his purpose in life through organ donation. His heart will still beat, his eyes will still see, he saved lives and provided miracles for other families that prayed.
His family invites you to join with them in celebrating Matthew’s life on Saturday, March 17, 2018, at noon at Christian Life Assembly of God, 920 W. Tehachapi Blvd., Tehachapi, Calif. A reception and fellowship will follow immediately after the services.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they are comforted.
To be continued ...