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July 14, 2011
Dear Nielson Family,
Our most heartfelt condolences for your loss.
Still in denial I’m waiting for Matt to reply to my last email.
I met Matt a couple of years ago at a Ballroom dance class in Killeen my daughter and I had signed up for.
As luck would have it Matt and I were paired off to put Fred and Ginger to shame. 5 weeks and some minor toe surgery later we decided to retire our dancing shoes. But that chance meeting allowed us to meet one of the most endearing and descent human beings on earth.
Over the many outings our family had with Matt we learned more about a man absolutely crazy about the Military, he even brought his Stetson to dance class once for us to see. About his home in Iowa, his church and the preaching’s of his Rev. Oode (should have asked him how to spell that). And mostly about his family. He had told us about some of the jokes he’d played on his brothers and sisters in the past. How a poem his friend wrote was an inspiration to him. You could tell though how much he missed and respected his parents. He lived his life within the careful guidelines that his mother and father carefully laid for him. We had many academic debates on topics that the average person would’ve passed on, Matt however attributed his culture and brilliance to his Mother who “taught me everything I know”.
When I took an assignment in Singapore Matt called via skype just to check in on how I was doing while he was stationed in Iraq, he wanted to visit the Far East and Australia.
I knew from the moment I met Matt that I was in the presence of one of the purest souls and kindest hearts on the planet. There’s no doubt that he made this world a better place and if you were fortunate enough to meet him, your life became richer for it in many ways. So precious was he that God invited him home early.
We miss our friend Matt.
Yours Sincerely,
Pearl, Chris and Jordan LaRue – Fort Hood, TX/Singapore
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