I, along with other close friends of Matt's from Challis, started this campaign about 3 years ago to help him fund his cancer treatments and the travel costs going from Idaho to MD Anderson in Houston, TX. The goal was to relieve some of the financial worries as we wanted Matt to focus as much as possible on his health and family. Matt didn't ask us to create this and, like most gracious folks, he wouldn't have been able to.
We chose to create it because he meant so much to so many people all of whom wanted to help but weren’t sure how and didn't want to overwhelm him. When I sent Matt the link to the account and he saw the gifts, he was speechless. He couldn't have been more thankful and made it a point to tell me so the last time we spoke.
Tragically, Matt lost his courageous battle with cancer after 3 years of ups and downs. He leaves behind a beautiful, young family—Bella and Manuela, his daughters, and Juliana, his wife.
As we supported Matt before, we wish to continue supporting his family. They have decided that any funds given will be put in a 529 college investment account to support Bella’s education. I am making the goal $10,000, which would be a great start for her when she is ready to go off to college in around 15 years. Anything you can give would be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much for your kind donation.
Matt was born October 1, 1983, to Ted and Caleen Macy in Polson, Montana, the third of four children. From the time he was born, Matt was a loving, sensitive, and kind-hearted soul. People of all ages were naturally drawn to his amazing smile and charming personality. As he was growing up, he was playful, friendly, adventurous, and fun. He was defined by his love for others. Matt enjoyed many family activities and maintained a lifelong interest in camping, fishing, rafting, and soccer.
Matt attended elementary school in Polson before the family moved to Helena, Montana in 1992, and eventually to the small town of Challis, Idaho. It was there that his dad died when Matt was a young teenager. His many friends loved and supported him through this difficult time. His mom later remarried, and the family relocated to Grangeville, Idaho. Matt attended Grangeville High School but moved back to Challis to live with friends and graduate from Challis High School.
He attended the University of Idaho, studying psychology and counseling, and eventually earned his M. Ed and Education Specialist degree in School Psychology. He worked as a school counselor and school psychologist in Cul-de-sac, Lapwai and most recently in Emmett, Idaho. Matt was passionate about his work with students, was an excellent counselor and colleague, and made a positive difference wherever he went.
In 2013, Matthew went to visit his younger brother in Panama. It was while on vacation that he met the love of his life, Juliana Machado from Pereira, Colombia. She was also on vacation and was impressed by his dance moves. After parting ways, they remained in contact, talking daily despite the language barrier. Their love grew and grew and, eventually, they celebrated their marriage in Juli’s hometown on July 19, 2014. After another year of living apart, Juliana was able to obtain a U.S. visa. It was a joyful reunion when Juli and her teenage daughter, Manuela, were finally able to move to Nampa, Idaho in 2015.
In December 2017, Matt and Juli welcomed a beautiful baby girl, Bella Sophia, into their family. She brought so much happiness to Matthew during his last three years. His beautiful wife was his constant and devoted caregiver as he courageously fought his battle with cancer. When his sister asked him what he was feeling in the last weeks of his life, he said, “Thankful.” This was a humbling testament to his character and to the strength and love of his family.
His father, Ted Charles Macy, and his grandparents Arlene and Jack Norris, preceded Matthew in death. He is survived by his wife, Juliana Macy; daughters Manuela Arroyave and Bella Macy; mom and step-dad Caleen and Ed Cox; sister Summer Stevenson (Ryan); brothers Eric Macy (Kim) and Tyler Macy (Angie); grandparents Calvin and Jean Erickson; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles; and many loyal friends. Matthew touched so many lives and was taken from us far too soon. He was beloved by his family, extended family and friends. We will miss him every day, and he will live forever in our hearts.
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- Kathy Piva
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