Matthew James Clement, born on April 10, 1979, in Laramie, Wyoming, passed away peacefully on January 4, 2024, at the age of 44. Matthew's battle with alcoholism was a long and difficult one that he faced with courage and determination. He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.
Matthew grew up in Parker, Colorado, where he was surrounded by the love and support of his parents, Mike Clement and Alice (Barrett) Clement. From an early age, it was clear that Matthew possessed a kind soul and a genuine heart. His infectious laugh and charming smile had the power to brighten even the darkest days.
As a multitalented young man, he was a stellar athlete, excelling in soccer, baseball, basketball, and football, and even played the violin. After graduating from high school, Matthew embarked on his journey to Alaska. He found a loving home with Alice's best friends, the Cronick family, in Anchorage. It was during this time that he began contract work as a Hazmat technician for the U.S. Department of Energy Superfund sites. Matthew's work took him to the islands of Amchitka and Adak, where he served as part of their Hazardous Material Incident Response Team.
Later on, Matthew relocated to California to pursue his education in Business Administration and Management at Santa Barbara City College, alongside his younger sister, Kelin. He later joined Chesapeake Energy as a landman, in Pennsylvania and North Dakota, where his unique ability to connect with just about anyone on a personal level truly shined as he successfully negotiated mineral rights contracts with landowners and his employer. Matthew's accomplishments were only surpassed by his compassion for others. He and his older brother, Ryan, later worked together as trainers and athlete analysts utilizing Dartfish Software Technology as a part of the Category Five Quarterback Camp in the Greater Denver Area.
On December 9, 2007, Matthew joyfully embraced the role of uncle when his beloved nephew Lane Ryan Clement was born to proud parents Ryan Michael and Ann Clement. He earned himself the endearing nickname "Unc" from Lane before being blessed with two more nieces: Holland Ellice and Caralie Rose.
Matthew had a special place in the hearts of all his cousins who adored him dearly. He held a special spot at every family gathering, spreading love and warmth throughout the room. His impact on everyone he encountered was immense, as he made each person feel welcome and loved. Matthew's absence will be deeply felt, and his memory cherished.
Matthew James Clement was predeceased by his grandparents, Dr. Francis A. Barrett, Harriet Holland Barrett, Major James Clement, Dorothy McKeehan Clement, and Papa Tom Lane. He was also predeceased by his uncles Jim Barrett and Joe Barrett, and Matthew's dogs, Maverick, Murphy, and Scout.
He is survived by his devoted parents, James Michael Clement and Alice Catherine (Barrett) Clement. Matthew will forever be remembered by his brother Ryan (Ann) Clement of Cheyenne, Wyoming, his sister Kelin (Sadie) of Joshua Tree, California, his nephew, Lane, along with nieces Holland and Caralie, and family dog, Princess.
Matthew leaves behind a circle of adoring family members and friends who will carry him in their hearts always. Among those grieving are his Barrett Uncles Larry, Mike, Francis, and Pat; his Clement Uncles Mark, Jeff, and John; aunts Mary (Barrett) Orton and Jana (Clement) Flynn; cousins Lisa Barrett-Oliver, Amy Martinez, Sean Barrett, Bridget Barrett, Hays Barrett, Nate Barrett, Eryn Bennett, PJ Barrett, Bryan Barrett, Shannon Barrett, Colleen Barrett, Reed Barrett, Nolan Padilla; Franke Monsalve; Andrew Garrett; Samantha Garrett; Amanda Orton; Kaley (Clement) Gaston; Kendall (Clement) Phillipi; Kate (Clement) Rosenquist; Kenzie Clement Kline; Kiera (Flynn) Epstien; Patrick Flynn; Kate Flynn; Mara Clement; Mattson Clement; Kaeden and Kennedy Clement.
Matthew James Clement will forever be remembered as a beautiful soul who brought light into the lives of all those around him. He taught us the power of compassion and touched our hearts with his unwavering love. Although he is no longer with us, his spirit will live on in our hearts, and may he find eternal peace.
In honor of Matt’s memory, to provide financial assistance to those that cannot otherwise seek the help they need, please click below to donate to the Harmony Foundation in Matt’s name.