My brother, Matt Temple, passed away on April 7th, 2020 at the too young age of 44 after battling congestive heart issues. It was also his heart that was his biggest attribute; Matt was one of the most caring and selfless people I can think of. Just two minutes of watching him with one of his many animals and it's clear he cared deeply for those sweet creatures and the people he loved.
If you ever needed a ride somewhere, help with a project, or advice on something (that Matt always seemed to have extra insight on), you could count on him. His laugh easily filled a room, and his presence will be greatly missed in the world.
We had almost thirteen years separating us, by the time I was getting to the age of keeping memories he was headed out of the house, but that didn't stop us from seeing Japan, China, Mexico, and Belize together in later years. He was a fishing partner, a SCUBA buddy, and a wonderful brother. He loved nature and trees as well, even spent a portion of his life building earth houses in Colorado, so we thought a fundraiser like this would be a great way to honor him, each dollar going directly to planting a tree.
I struggled with what to write here, we didn't see nearly enough of each other and there are so many other people who Matt has touched and affected over the years that my experiences with him are only a snippet of the big life he had. I tried to think of a story that stood out to share, or a specific experience, but each carries its own significance and importance. I think it's best, if you have one, to share a quick memory or comment below when you donate.
I'll go first: Two weeks ago I was at the cabin on Harstine Island, a special place where we've both had some very good times, and I found an old Yahtzee game in one of the cupboards. My four year old has been interested in board games, Yahtzee in particular, and this is one that our family has had since the 90s by the looks of it. After fishing out the cup and dice (one was mismatched and well worn), I found an old stack of score cards detailing games played over these many years. A few shuffles and one floated to the top, a game with the players 'Dad', 'Mom', 'Matt', and myself. If you knew Matt, take a wild guess at who won that game, and all subsequent rounds following? It brought back a flood of memories; Scrabble games where I wouldn't stand a chance (and was 'let off easy' not having a timer involved), cards and trivia, and some really great back-and-forth games of pool.
To say Matt will be missed is an understatement. We're hoping to plan a gathering in honor of him, along with a tree planting, later in the year and will update you when that happens. For now, take a moment and remember Matt, maybe get yourself a nice piece of sushi (he preferred salmon skin rolls), and raise a toast in his honor. Get outside and enjoy nature, hug your pet if you have one, and think of him.
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