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Mathew Shane Huffman Mathew Shane Huffman passed away Friday, Aug. 3, 2012, from injuries sustained in a longboarding accident. He was 20 years old. Mathew, "Matt" or "Huff Daddy" as he was affectionately called by friends, was born Oct. 20, 1991, in Plano, Texas, just 21 minutes after his beloved twin sister, Megan. The family moved to St. Charles when Mathew was 3 years old. His childhood was defined in large part by sports. He graduated in 2010 from St. Charles North High School, lettering in lacrosse and football. He helped his football team reach the state quarter finals for the first time in school history. Mathew attended Western Illinois University and also studied at Elgin Community College. This spring he coached the East/North High School JV girls lacrosse team. In his spare time, he enjoyed playing lacrosse, working out and spending time with family and friends. Described as having a heart of gold, Mathew was also full of fun and was known for giving the biggest bear hugs. Mathew is survived by his parents, Diane and Spencer Huffman of St. Charles; his brother, Bobby Huffman and sisters, Katie and Megan Huffman, also of St. Charles, as well as his sister, Lauren Robinson, brother-in-law, Chris Robinson and nieces, Lydia and Madelyn of Sugar Grove. He is also survived by his maternal grandparents, Katherine and Robert Dillingham of Bradenton, Fla.; his paternal grandmother, Jean Huffman of Springfield, Tenn.; and many aunts, uncles and cousins. A celebration of Mathew's life will be held on Thursday, Aug. 9, at 1 p.m. at Hosanna! Lutheran Church of St. Charles, 36W925 Red Gate Road, St. Charles. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to the Brain Injury Association of America, in memory of Mathew Huffman. Contributions may be sent to BIAA, 1608 Spring Hill Road, Suite 110, Vienna, VA 22182 or made online at http://www.biausa.org/donate.htm.
Published in Chicago Suburban Daily Herald on Aug. 7, 2012
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