Matthew Anthony Louis Barnes
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September 2, 1986
October 14, 2013
Matthew Anthony Louis Barnes was a native Nevadan, the youngest son of Marvin and Esther Barnes born on September 2, 1986 at St. Mary's Hospital in Reno. Matthew, who went by Matt, attended Alice Smith Elementary School. Matt loved sports and excelled in playing baseball and football for the North Valley's High School Panthers where he graduated in 2005.
Matt avidly enjoyed the outdoors which included hunting, fishing, and four wheeling with his father, brother and friends anytime he could. His passion in life, fly fishing, brought Matt to work as a manager in the Fishing Department for Sportsman's Warehouse where he shared his love and knowledge of the sport with others.
Matt, who always dreamed of a career in law enforcement, followed his dream and the footsteps of his father, mother and brother, ultimately leaving the Sportsman's Warehouse to become a deputy. Matt started his law enforcement career with the Humboldt County Sherriff's Department in Winnemucca, Nevada in 2011. His intense love for the community of Reno led him back home to work as a Deputy for the Washoe County Sherriff's Office in the fall of 2012.
Matt spent one year with the Washoe County Sheriff's Office and loved every minute of his short, but fulfilling career. In the spring of 2013 Matt met the love of his life, Ashlyn Ziarnowski. Love at first sight made them a strong and inseparable couple.
In August of 2013 Matt was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. He courageously battled the disease for two months with Ashlyn and his family always by his side. On October 14th 2013 Matt lost his fight with cancer and passed away surrounded by all of his friends and family.
Matt is survived by his mother and father, Esther and Marvin Barnes, his loving girlfriend Ashlyn Ziarnowski, brother and sister-in-law Michael and Kathleen Barnes and niece Emmery Barnes.
A Memorial Service for Matt will be held on October 20th, 2013 at 3:00pm at St. John's Presbyterian Church. If you would like to make a donation, the family has asked that donations be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Published in Reno Gazette-Journal from Oct. 17 to Oct. 18, 2013