8/19/1970 ~ 3/20/2012|
Dr. Matthew Wade Bradley, age 41, passed away March 20, 2012 in Sandy, Utah after an accidental drowning.
He was born August 19, 1970 in Salt Lake City, Utah to Craig S. and Kathleen Linebaugh Bradley. He graduated from Alta High School in 1988 where he was a sterling scholar in visual arts and was a Student Body Officer. He was an eagle scout and worked as a counselor at several boys ranches including Bennion Teton Boys Ranch. He served a mission for the LDS church in Italy. Matt graduated from Brigham Young University and received his Masters degree and PhD from Indiana University in Folklore. Matt also received the M.Ed from the University of Utah.
Matt had a distinguished teaching career as an Assistant Professor (lecturer) for the Honors College at the University of Utah where he led the Honors Social Justice Scholars, the Honors Think Tank on Social Change, and the Mestizo Arts and Activism program. Matt also taught honors classes at AMES High School. He has inspired hundreds of students to be advocates and has modeled for them the life of an activist, the power of commitment, vision and compassion. Matt fought for social justice with his heart, his mind and his soul. His students will always remember the strength of his character, his commitment and values, and the powerful example he made of a life devoted to others.
The respect the University of Utah, his colleagues and students had for Matt's work as a teacher was demonstrated through the Equity and Diversity Award, the Distinguished Honors Professor Award, the Community Engaged Faculty Fellowship and Community Scholar in Residence awards from the University Neighborhood Partners. In 2010, Matt received a special recognition from ACLU of Utah, "For Fostering Freedom."
Matt demonstrated immense courage in his fight with cancer, returning to the classroom just ten days after surgery to amputate his lower leg. Through humor and optimism, Matt inspired those around him to embrace life and honor each day.
Longtime cycling enthusiast, with his new prosthetic limb, Matt faced the challenge of redefining himself as an athlete with incredible drive, determination, and courage. In 2011, he placed 3rd place at the U. S. Nationals in Para-Cycling in both the Criterium and the Time Trial. He earned a spot to compete for the U.S. national team in 2011 in the Para-Cycling World Championships held in Denmark. Because of his passion for cycling Matt "Bronco" Bradley was named Cycling Utah - 2011 Rider of the Year. Matt's voice was a mainstay every fall at the Utah Cyclecross series. He also helped in organizing the Cross Out Cancer event.
Uncle "Mattman's" 19 nieces and nephews will always remember his playful spirit.
Matt is survived by: his father Craig S. Bradley and his siblings Nicole (Joseph) Sepulveda, Seth R. (Megan), Luke H., Jeremiah S. (Erin), Zachary J. (Brenda), Adam C. (Angi), 19 nieces and nephews and Grandfather Ralph O. Bradley.
Preceded in death by his mother Kathleen Linebaugh Bradley, Grandparents Glade C. and Thora Hawkins Linebaugh, Grandmother Mildred Harris Bradley, sister-in-law Elizabeth "Bunny" Bradley and "Righty" (his right leg).
Funeral services will be held at Pepperwood Chapel, 2195 East Pepperwood Drive (10900 South) on Monday, March 26th at 12 Noon. Friends may call Sunday, March 25th in the evening from 6-8 at Larkin Sunset Gardens Mortuary, 1950 E. 10600 South in Sandy and Monday from 10:30-11:30 at the Pepperwood Chapel.
Interment at Larkin Sunset Garden. Online condolences: www.larkincares.com
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Huntsman Cancer Foundation, huntsmancancer.org/mattbradley or Mestizo Arts and Activism, www.mestizoarts.org
"SO LONG!! IT'S BEEN A GOOD RIDE."
Published in Salt Lake Tribune from Mar. 23 to Mar. 25, 2012