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Matthew Randall Walton


1978 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Matthew Randall Walton Obituary

Matthew Randall Walton passed away suddenly on December 24, 2015. Matt was born on July 24, 1978. Although Matt was born in Yuba City, he lived in the Gridley area until 1987, before moving to Yuba City where he began the 4th grade at April Lane Elementary. Matt graduated from Yuba City High School in 1996.

Matt attended California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo graduating in 2001 with a BS degree in Agricultural Business. While attending Cal Poly, Matt was very proud to be a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. He moved to San Francisco with his fraternity buddies in early 2002 and quickly fell in love with "the city" as Matt always fondly referred to it. Matt lived in SF until 2013, when he moved his family to Orinda, CA.

Matt LOVED his family and would often comment on his amazement of how fulfilling it truly was. He took every opportunity to spend time with them, putting Jenny and the girls before everything else. They were the center of his life and it was an inspiring example to all who knew Matt.

Outside of spending time with his family, Matt's two favorite past times were being with his friends on the golf course and being in the best physical shape possible. Matt had a lifelong love for all sports, but particularly loved rooting for his favorite teams, the SF Giants and SF 49er's, while attending games with his friends. Being the competitive person he was, golf was his biggest passion, not to mention his biggest frustration when the ball didn't land just perfectly where he thought it should, or when a putt didn't fall after he spent way too much time circling the green and lining it up. Matt had high aspirations in every area of his life and it was no different with physical fitness as his daily workouts were very important, and he arranged his busy schedule to always fit them in. Matt was always an amazing team player. His undeniable sense of determination would not allow him to stop until he reached his goal, no matter what it was or however high it may have been.

After Matt graduated from Cal Poly, he was hired at Enterprise in early 2002 where he gained experience in sales and developed his customer service skills. In early 2004 he was hired by Cintas and this job enabled him to excel in sales and gained the confidence and experience he needed to enhance his career path. Matt's professional career turned to medical device sales when he joined BioInitiatives in early 2006 which represented Stryker Spine & of recent DePuy Spine, a company of Johnson & Johnson (J&J). During his tenure at BioInitiatives, Matt was a TOP PERFORMER winning "Sales Person of the Year" 3 times and was a consistent President's Club member amongst an elite group of sales professionals. When J&J acquired Synthes in 2012, Matt & his BioInitiatives' teammates became direct employees of DePuy Synthes Spine (a company of J&J) and Matt continued as a Senior Sales Consultant and a Team Leader for the San Francisco team. He continued to be a Top Performer regionally and nationally at DePuy Synthes Spine and was a "one of a kind" sales professional who earned the respect and favor of his colleagues, customers and even his competition with charisma and authentic personality.

Matt is survived by his wife Jennifer Bayliss-Walton, and three beautiful little daughters; Brooklyn (5), and identical twins Camryn and Kennedy (19 mos) all of whom he adored. His parents Cindy and Lee Seidel and brother Jared Davit all of Yuba City; his father Randy Walton and brother Brent Walton of Biggs. He is also survived by his grandmother Betty Walton of Gridley, and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins all from the Yuba City, Gridley and Biggs area. Matt made it known to everyone he knew how important his family was, and made every effort to loop everyone in to a strong family circle and keep us all close to his girls. Matt was admired by many people because he made it known he called his mother and Grandma Eula "every day". Matt was the last person to talk to his beloved Grandma Eula that evening, before she passed away in 2013. He was the pillar of our entire family and a wonderful husband, father, son, grandson, brother and friend to so many. He was preceded in death by his younger brother Mitchell Walton, his grandparents Donald and Eula Anderson, and his grandfather Arvil Walton.

Matt was cremated under the direction of Wilson & Kratzer Mortuary, Mission Bells Chapel in San Pablo, CA. Memorial Services for close friends and family are still being planned. In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to: River Valley Community Bank, PO Box 3689 (1629 Colusa Avenue) Yuba City, CA 95993. Please make checks payable to: Cindy Seidel FBO Matt Walton. The donations will be added to his three daughter's college funds that have already been established.
Published in Appeal Democrat from Jan. 13 to Jan. 14, 2016
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