Matthew Curtis Mehaffie went to be with the Lord on July 15, 2014, just 13 days shy of his 26th birthday.
Matthew had a heart bigger than he was. On the weekends he could be often found at Black Pine Lake because he loved fishing, and even though he hated the taste of fish he would often catch his limit in an hour and give his fish to any of the kids that were up at the lake that day. Matt was a dreamer — he had recently requested information from the underwater diver institute because it was a dream of his to become an underwater welder.
He also loved hiking, hunting, camping and cooking. He would often send his family pictures of his beautiful dinners that he had created. Matt was a big kid at heart, always with a joke or a prank up his sleeve, he never could pass a gumball machine that had some sort of slime in it without taking two quarters out of his pocket to get him some.
Matthew was born and raised in the Methow Valley — he was the fourth generation in his family to live here. As a child he spent eight years as a Killer Whale on the Methow Valley swim team. He loved the valley for its rivers to float, mountains to hike and its lakes to fish.
Matthew graduated from Liberty Bell High School in 2007, where he loved playing football, woodworking and welding in shop.
He will be greatly missed by his co-workers and friends at The Floyd Company, where he worked as a computer tech and tax assistant.
Matthew was preceded in death by his grandparents Raymond and Ella Schroeder of Carlton.
Matthew is survived by his parents Carrie and Les Stokes of Carlton; David Mehaffie of Del Norte, Colorado; his sister and brother-in-law Marlena and Mark Berkheiser, and nephews and niece Carter, Hayden and Easton Berkheiser, all of Snohomish; grandparents Don and Bobbi Johnson of Yakima and George Mehaffie of Thomas, West Virginia; along with aunts, uncles and cousins Cheryl and Greg Erkela of Twisp, Cameron and Emily Erkela of Bellingham, Dan Mehaffie of Kent, Mark and Irin Mehaffie of Waynesville, Missouri, Lori Mehaffie Culligan, Steven and Brian Cook, all three of Spokane, and Doug, Roseann, Madison, Lilly and Daisy Kikendall of Selah.
A celebration of life will be announced at a later date.