Matthew Rex Simmons, 37, passed away on Friday, October 5, 2018, in Marysville, California, at Rideout Memorial Hospital.
Matthew was born on July 24, 1981, to Richard Simmons Jr. and Rexann Simmons of Gridley, California. He was a longtime resident of Gridley, and a graduate of the class of 2000. He married Rebecca Morrison of Gridley.
Matthew took pride in his work for Utility Tree Service as a top foreman for over 10 years, and previously worked for the City of Davis for 7 years. He was a member of IBEW local 1245.
He loved to laugh and make a difference in lives around him. He would do anything for a friend in need. An avid sportsman, he loved kayak fishing, hunting, camping, and wakeboarding with family and friends. Ever the competitor, he caught a 30lb salmon to retain bragging rights.
He is preceded in death by his father, Richard J. Simmons Jr.
He is lovingly remembered by wife, Rebecca Simmons of Gridley; two sons: Aaron and Jared Simmons, both of Gridley; mother, Rexann Simmons of Gridley; sister, Heather (Ryan) Yost of Gridley; grandparents, Richard and Lela Simmons of Gridley; grandmother, Madeline Tibbs of Gridley; three aunts, one uncle, one nephew and several cousins.
A funeral service will be held Friday, October 12, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. at Gridley Biggs Cemetery, in the gazebo, officiated by Pastor Bill Hammond of Lighthouse Tabernacle. A celebration of life will be held at the home of Dennis and Pam Morrison, following the service. Arrangements entrusted to Gridley-Block Funeral Chapel.
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Published in Appeal Democrat on Oct. 10, 2018.