"A limb has fallen from our family tree." Mathew "Mat" David Freedle, 35, beloved son, brother, father and partner passed away peacefully into the arms of his Heavenly Father on June 22, 2013, the result of injuries suffered in a four-wheeler accident. |
Mathew was born Oct. 1, 1977, in Fairbanks, to David and Paulette Freedle, followed two years later by sister, Andrea. As a child, Mathew learned quickly and was always busy. He was a Boy Scout, ran sled dogs as a Junior Dog musher, and took up BMX bike racing with his father. Mat spent much time fishing, camping, traveling and hunting with his father.
At 16, Mathew acquired a lifelong canine companion, a pit bull puppy he named Nikki. The two were inseparable. She preceded her master one year ago.
Besides his special gift with animals, Mathew was known for his wonderful smile, quick wit and sense of humor. He was always ready to help others, especially when it came to working on trucks. His best friend, Steve Perkins, was frequently at Mathew's side on their adventures as boys and young men.
Mathew worked as a mechanic and tire technician throughout Fairbanks in the following years, always working hard and always smiling.
Eleven years ago, Mathew was blessed with the surprise gift of finding out that he was the father of a 5-yearold son, Dylan. After acquiring custody, Mathew and his son got to know and love each other, along with "best buddy" Nikki.
Mathew met Ann Schmidt in 2005, and they started an adventure together that lasted the rest of his life. They enjoyed playing coed softball, camping, barbecuing with friends and bonfires. Ann has helped raise Dylan. Ann's family embraced Mathew and Dylan as one of their own. They all enjoyed many happy times at their house, barbecuing and just hanging out.
On Oct. 21, 2011, Mathew was there for the birth of his and Ann's son, Jaxon David Freedle. Mathew loved his sons very much. He had a special relationship with Jaxon, who was almost 20 months old at the time of his passing. The weekend before the accident, he had held Jaxon on his first merry-go-round ride at Pioneer Park and was so happy playing with him on the slide. They had planned on going again the weekend of the accident.
Mathew is survived by his parents; his partner, Ann Schmidt; sons, Dylan and Jaxon; sisters, Andrea and Kelsea; niece, Matisan; nephew, Landan; stepmother, Roxy Wright; stepsister, Tammy Holland; stepbrother, Ramy Brooks; grandmother, Christina Carpenter; step-grandfather, James Carpenter; aunts, Diana Freedle, Tamitha Carpenter and Charlene Story; uncles, Richard Freedle, Darrell Freedle, Daniel Freedle and Reedy Story; great-uncle, Ronald Moore; cousins, Tasha Story, Amanda Story, Brian Storyand Melissa Story, and many more family and friends.
Memorial services are at 4 p.m. Saturday, June 29, 2013, at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church on First Avenue in Fairbanks.
Published in Daily News-Miner on June 27, 2013