Matthew Joel Ord

1990 ~ 2023

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  • Matt, 32, of Thousand Oaks, California, passed away unexpectedly in his home on the morning of January 4th, 2023.

    Matt grew up boating and learned how to wakeboard at a young age. He loved wakesurfing and could carve the wave with grace and finesse. Some of Matt’s happiest days were spent on the lake, especially at his favorite place, Lake Powell.

    Matt also enjoyed snowboarding, going to the gym, and a new found love of running. Matt ran many miles up and down the sandy beaches of California, and was recently proud of his 8-mile run through the snow in Utah.

    Matt was a skilled carpenter, working on custom home construction and remodels. He took great pride in his work and shared his talents generously. Matt worked in his family’s houses, completing kitchen remodels, hanging doors, and helping Mom with her landscaping projects, even after a long day’s work.

    Matt loved big. He loved his family and friends, which were his source of life. It was hard to spend any time with Matt without laughing, as he had a great sense of humor and enjoyed making others laugh. He could bring a levity to hard situations or conversations and make others feel comfortable and remember to not take ourselves too seriously.

    Matt is survived by his son, Kyler, his parents, Dan and Roberta, his siblings, Andrea (Drew) Ison, Ashley Ord (Shane Larsen), and Nick (Jaime) Ord, and his nieces and nephews, Jackson, Kennedy, Sawyer, Driggs, Bowie, and Vivi Mae.

    We love you so much, Matt. We’ll be with you again.

    Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday January 14, 2023, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints at 1535 Bonneview Drive, Salt Lake City, Utah, 84105. Interment will take place at the Salt Lake City Cemetery. The funeral service is being livestreamed via Zoom for those unable to attend in person. Click the blue button that says "Watch Services" to join. You must have a Zoom account and be logged in to view the livestream.


    We are so sad to hear about Matt’s passing. You and your family will be in our prayers. We will all be together again someday. Again we are so deeply sorry.

    Love and prayers
    John and Natalie Quiroz

    - Natalie and John Quiroz

    Dan spoke of Matt to me regularly, and his love for his son was so apparent. Though I never met him, I know he was well loved and will be dearly missed. My deepest condolences to the Ords. I hope you are able to focus on the happy times you all shared with Matt.

    - Patrick Spencer

    Dan and Family,
    My 💔 is heavy for you all at this time. There aren't any words that can be said to undo the loss you are all feeling.

    Though, this we believe as we hold on to our memories, he is in a better place and one day we will all be together again.
    Love & Hugs, Shirley

    - Shirley Hertel - California

    Please accept my condolences. I pray the Lord blesses your family with strength, peace, and comfort.

    - Rich Gooch

    Dear Dan and family,
    I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your son.
    Sending my sympathy during your time of mourning.
    Bethe Pilch

    - Bethe Pilch

    Matt was one of my young friends who was always kind to me and was quick with a hug whenever I saw him. Matt had a kind soul and a unique tenderness and sensitivity about him. His kindness was a trademark of his entire family but Matt also made it his own.

    He would say when I visited him “what’s up RB?” and he would ask questions about my children and family and responded in a genuine and positive way. I boated a lot with Matt and remember him towing his father around the lake while he and I played Led Zeppelin songs so loudly within the boat!! His dad tried t giving towing instructions, but we just laughed and couldn’t hear anything. Ha ha.

    Matt had a really nice smile and we like some of the same shows on Netflix and we would talk about them and see which episodes and characters we like the most.

    I can remember a time when I picked him up from a hospital procedure and drove him home. He asked, “Dude can I get a Chick-fil-A sandwich from you? I left my wallet at home.”I said sure I’ll buy you a chicken sandwich and just as we arrived and he ordered, he asked “RB, can I also get a large peach shake too?” I thought that was really funny. Another time I bumped into Matt at a barbershop and paid for his haircut in advance, without him knowing I did that. As I was sitting getting my haircut and he was finishing. I watched him look confused and finally he looked at my way and walked down and thanked me. He was just the kind of person you would want to do that for.

    I have absolutely no doubt that Matt lived his life the very best he could. What better or higher quality could any of us want than to be said of us when we die, that others will express that we lived our lives the best we could?

    Matt loved me as I was, and I loved him as he was. His passing away is one of the saddest things that has happened in my life. Beautiful big and tall handsome. Matt has left us for a time. I know he would want me to not be sad for long, and would want me to be happy with my life and to keep going. I believe Matt knew when he passed away, he would go to a great place and that he would meet friends there and family. He will be there when I go someday. He might say in that moment, “RB I’ve missed you dude…but you gotta check this place out.”

    Until that day, my friend, I will never forget you, and I hope you can always watch and see me to know I am your friend and I have your back and that of your family as they overcome their current grief and sadness.

    Dan, Roberta and family, thanks for bringing Matt into my life and for raising a great young man.

    With love and respect,
    Rex Bergsma

    - Rex Bergsma “RB”

    Dan Ord and Family
    We are so sorry for your loss 🙏🏾Sending our sincere condolence’s,The Friends Family

    - Alton Friends

    Our hearts are heavy for you all and the family. My Mom, Shirley Hertel, and step Dad, Greg Hertel , are at a loss for words. Our sincerest condolences to all who miss Matt 🙏✨

    Let time heal all wounds. We will all be together one day. Much love, family 💕

    - Sara Evenson

    I am very sorry for this great loss. I love and miss the Ord family very much. Matt has a loving and beautiful family and I pray for you all to have peace in this unimaginably difficult time.
    -sending all my love,
    Lisa Pierson

    - Lisa Pierson

    Such a loss, Matt definitely had some issues but was a wonderful person. I always enjoyed seeing or working with him. I have never seen a family try so hard to get their son on the right road. My heart goes out to all.

    - Larry Katz

    There are no words that can be said that express my concern for you and your family. Children are not meant to go first. May the Lord protect you and bless in your time of need.
    Love to you all!

    - Carol Murphy

    I’m a friend of Andrea’s and I just wanted to tell all of you how deeply sorry I am for your profoundly heartbreaking loss. You have my deepest sympathy and prayers for God’s grace and comfort during this time of unimaginable sorrow. I love you Andrea.

    - Shannon Owens

    Our hearts and prayers go out to the wonderful Ord family. We are so sad for your loss, but so happy to know that you will see Mart again, free from his burdens and cares. Thank you for always being so kind and gracious - Matt was blessed to have you as parents and siblings. We are blessed to know you and count you as friends.

    - Meacham Family

    Dan and Roberta,
    We are so sorry for your loss. Matt was always so sweet and such a pleasure to have around when we were building our home. We want you to know that we are praying for your family to get through this difficult time.
    Much love!
    Kitty and Jeff Hunt

    - Kitty and Jeff Hunt

    My deepest condolences to you, Dan, as well as the whole family. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. 🙏🏼

    - Gilbert J Perez

    We love you guys so much. We loved Matt like a brother. I will forever think of him as the sweet little boy I grew up with. Love you Matt. Love you all.

    - Andrea Mezin

    My condolences go out to Mr Dan Ord and Mrs. Roberta Ord and the rest of the Ord family. Matt was and is a beautiful soul. I will always remember the weekends I got to spend with him and working with matt and Dan. Matt you will be missed dearly Bae and I’m going to stay strong and keep my head held high in honor of you! I love you bae! Rest easy brother! I’m sorry!!

    - Daniel Fluty

    My condolences goes out to the Ord family. Matt has been a very dear friend to me these past 6 years. He was there for me, whenever I needed a someone to talk too. My fiancé is Matt’s best friend Daniel Fluty , when Daniel and I got first together, I was advised that Matt was part of the deal. If I wanted my fiancé then I had to make room for Matt and Iam thankful I did! He is a very special person who welcomed me with open arms. I cherish the deep conversations we would have every weekend when you would come over to our house and we would listen to deep chills. We were a family, and he was like a brother to me and truly an amazing friend to my fiancé. We lost a very dear friend but gained an angel. Dan and Roberta raised a good man, and he will never be forgotten. Always in our hearts, and by our sides. Be at peace my friend, rest easy ❤️

    - Chanel McLaughlin

    Dear Ord family, I am deeply sorry for your loss. Matt was a such a terrific person with the most infectious laugh, personality, and a kind hearted individual! I will miss my brother and closest of friends ever so much and will never forget how big of a roll he has played in my life, since the grade school days. May god take care of him and watch over your family.

    - Andrew Merkle

    Oh my heart! I am so sorry for your loss! Sweet sweet Matthew!! Oh I will forever remember his little giggle and running around as Andrea and I would “babysit” what a sweet boy!!!
    He is at rest now and will be watching out for each one of you while you all finish your work here on earth until you are all reunited again!
    I’m so sorry! I love you all with all my heart! May the Lord comfort you during this difficult time!

    - Jaime (Dupre) Cadena

    I really enjoyed working with Matt these past few months. It was a pleasure to see him every morning, working in his happy, straight forward manner. I know I sometimes distracted him from his primary tasks, but he was always gracious and approached each day with a flexible purpose. He had bigger, more pressing jobs to do on site, but still took the time to help me with little things like fixing a broken leg on my adirondack chair or wonky door to my chicken coop.
    I had the privilege of knowing Matt since he was about 17. I know of his good heart and genuine concern for others. I know he leaves a hole in many hearts here on earth, but we will all be reunited soon.

    - Todd and Tina York

    I want to send you all my deepest condolences and heartfelt sympathies at the passing of your beloved Matt. Your words and photos are such a beautiful tribute to him. Praying that you can feel Gods loving comfort and strength. Sending much love to you all.
    Erica Stevenson ( a Coworker of Andrea’s)

    - Erica Stevenson

    Andrea, Roberta and Dan
    So sorry to hear this news. My prayers are with you all. Love you all.

    - Jean Smith

    Deepest sympathy to all of your family and
    May God bless you with peace and comfort as you deal with this sadness

    - Patti DeSanti