Mathew Alan FRENCH

Mathew Alan French, best friend and adoring husband of 21 years to Michele French. Bestest Dad to his furry son Hank. Beloved son of Jim French and Sharon (Evan) Thompson. Wonderful "Son" to Ed and June Fernandez. Brother to Shawn (Kathy) French, Brandon (Shantil) French. "Brother" to Rosellen Simmons. Uncle to Adam, Jasmine, Sydney and Keira. Cherished "UM" to Maddie (Mike) Simmons. Matt passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family on February 15, 2013. He was loved and will be missed by his family and friends. Matt was born and raised in Sonoma County and attended Santa Rosa High School. He was a printer for 25 years. Most recently he worked at Bibbero Systems in Petaluma. Matt was the ultimate Raider Fan. He proudly supported his team through winning seasons and even through the seasons that ended with "there's always next year". Matt enjoyed car racing from hard tops to Nascar, Petaluma Fairgrounds to Sears Point Raceway. He loved camping with his family at Doran Beach and Hat Creek. Camping trips always involved fishing, laughter and relaxing. A Celebration of Life Service will be held on March 9, 2013, 12:00 noon, in the Beverly C. Wilson Hall at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds, 175 Fairgrounds Dr Petaluma. A Gathering will follow at 42 Wilmington Dr Petaluma. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Petaluma Animal Shelter or Hospice of Petaluma.

Published Online in the Press Democrat from Feb. 23 to Feb. 25, 2013