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Garrett Michael Matthias AKA "The Great Garrett Underpants"

Of Van Meter, Iowa -

My name is: Garrett Michael Boofias

My birthday is: I am 5 years old

My address is: I am a Bulldog!

My favorite color is: Blue….and Red and Black

and Green

My favorite superhero is: Batman…and Thor,

Iron Man, the Hulk and Cyborg

When I grow up: I'm going to be a professional


My favorite people are:

•Mommy, Daddy, my sister 'Delcina' (Delphina),

•The grandparents with the new house (Fredric and Cheryl Krueger),

•The grandparents with the camper (Daniel and Nita Matthias),

•My cousins: Grady, 'that guy I took down that one time' (Luke), and

London Marie,

•My Auntie Janette and Stinky Uncle Andy (Andrew and Janette Krueger),

•Those two guys, you know, my uncles (Kristopfer Krueger and James



The things I love the most: Playing with my sister, my blue bunny, thrash metal, Legos, my daycare friends, Batman and when they put me to sleep before they access my port

Things I hate: Pants!, dirty stupid cancer, when they access my port, needles, and the monkey nose that smells like cherry farts…I do like the mint monkey nose like at Mayo Radiation and that one guy that helped me build Legos (Randy)

When I die: I am going to be a gorilla and throw poo at Daddy!

Burned or Buried: I want to be burned (like when Thor's Mommy died) and made into a tree so I can live in it when I'm a gorilla

Big or Small Funeral: Funerals are sad: I want 5 bouncy houses (because I'm 5), Batman, and snow cones

Emilie and Ryan Matthias will honor Garrett's final wishes by having a Celebration of Life on Saturday, July 14th from 5pm - 11pm at 2377 132nd Ct Van Meter, Iowa

Note: Symbolic Asgardian burial ceremony and fireworks will be held just after sunset

A private burial of Garrett's ashes will be held at a later time once his parents figure out how the hell to get his ashes made into a tree and locate a nature preserve, so his tree resides in a protected area.

Donations can be made directly to the family or in Garrett's honor to a few of the many non-profits that helped Garrett along the way: The Little Al Foundation (, The Pink Tractor Foundation ( and the University of Iowa Dance Marathon (

We are so grateful to the many doctors, nurses, child life specialists, musicians, art therapists, and volunteers that worked tirelessly to cure Garrett of his cancer. The reality for Garrett and so many other children is pediatric cancer is an ugly, nasty beast that leaves a path of destruction. For Garrett and many others before him - cancer kills. Those that are 'lucky' enough to survive endure long term debilitating side effects and the constant fear of relapse. We will fight for a cure until no other kids are robbed of their childhood, no other siblings lose their best friends, and no other parents have to bury their babies.

Garrett endured nine months of hell before he lost his battle with cancer. During that time he never lost his sense of humor and loved to tease the doctors and nurses. From whoopy cushions and sneaking clothes pins on their clothes to 'hazing' the interns and new staff doctors, he was forever a prankster. Nothing caught people off guard as his response to 'see ya later alligator':

See ya later, suckas! - The Great Garrett Underpants

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Published in the Des Moines Register on Jul. 11, 2018.
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May 31, 2021
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Tessa Alvarez
August 31, 2020
I just seen this little boy and he is absolutely one of the most amazing people not just amazing children but one of the most amazing people I have ever seen in my life for him to look at death the way that he did he was probably more of a man then half of our male population So Strong full of Courage his parents have to be nothing but proud of him and you know it's kind of funny I was in tears until I read his obituary again he was an amazing person and may God bless his family and I hope one day I get to see him I would love to meet him in heaven
August 12, 2020
I didn't know this little boy but after reading about him, it is obvious the world has lost a budding comic genius and genuine treasure.
Fare thee well, little Thor. May your days of hanging in your tree and playing gorilla games be long and free.
July 6, 2020
The memory of this sweet courageous boy will stay strong. He changed the world for many in his short stay here. Hopefully his suffering and story will help others with childhood cancer. Hes a true superhero . I hope he has his tree now. Love to his family ❤
Danita Harrold
July 5, 2020
Garrett, I have never forgotten you for one minute. You deeply touched my heart forever with your precious life. I have shared your obit with many people, and they all were profoundly touched. Tomorrow on the anniversary of your passing, I am going to get a snow cone to honor your memory. I just wish I knew your favorite flavor.
Dottie Coppock
October 15, 2019
What a sweet angel that enlightened so many precious
Memories he left behind
you were very strong and a loving
Child who will never be forgotten
Thinking always the happiness that everyone will feel when they see you again one day
I loved your story
Janice Rhoads
October 7, 2019
They say it doesn't matter how long you live, but how you live. This superhero boy has changed so many lives in such a short time on earth, he did more good than most of us will ever do in 100 years. I'm saving his story and anytime someone complains to me how bad they have it, his story will bring life their into perspective. Thor will continue to change lives in the years ahead.
October 7, 2019
This little boy made me take a look at my life. Rest in heaven little boy love u. Duane
Duane Eck
August 14, 2019
What a beautiful memory of a very special boy. I have been inspired by him to make sure my family knows what I want if I were to die tomorrow and I definitely want my life to be celebrated when I'm gone. Garrett, you are an awesome gorilla!
Adrianna Bell
July 5, 2019
Garrett has deeply impacted my life. I think of him all the time, and remember how brave and kind and happy he was, even in his suffering. I tell myself daily that I will be happy and have a fun day, for Garrett. Who understands these things? I dearly am touched by him. I am changed. Tomorrow, in honor of him, I will be getting a snow cone, and I will think of him with love. I will always remember him. Thank you for allowing me to tell you how much his little life has meant, to even strangers like me.
Dottie Coppock
July 5, 2019
Though I didn't know Garret, I read about him and his remarkable self-composed eulogy. He inspired me to live life with more appreciation. I liked seeing him in cool sunglasses. I am sorry for your loss, dear family.
Anniversaries of this kind are very very hard. Please know he made an impact on many people around the country who remember him today!!
richard bloom
June 1, 2019
I read with great sadness, awe, and deep respect the article in Reader's Digest about Garrett Michael Matthias. As a parent, I was compelled to learn more about him. Clearly, strength and resilience comes in small packages. I hope Garrett is enjoying being the biggest and best gorilla ever in heaven as he wantedand if Daddy doesn't mind the poop toss here and there, even better:) What a precious, intelligent boyand what an amazing family! God bless Garrett and his loved ones.Adrienne Port Washington, NY
Adrienne Stoller
March 18, 2019
Sweet Garrett we love this legacy site. You will be remembered always. Comfort to your familyTgese cupcakes are for you. We made them in class. Kids o
Dani Harrold
March 17, 2019
Dear Mr. & Mrs. Mathias and friends,

Once again I came across Garrett's story, and thru tears I'm writing you a few words. You guys had the best child in the world. He was a hero. I'm so sorry that God wanted him all to himself. He must have been in desperate need of an absolutely beautiful angel.Then again I'm sure true angels must be hard to find. God Bless you all. R.I.P. beautiful Angel.
Isaura Collins
January 18, 2019
Charles Watts
December 15, 2018
What a brave & blessed child! Our thoughts for your family as we approach Christ's birthday celebration, and Garrett's in Heaven helping Him plan a fun party.
J Meany
November 22, 2018
Garret Matthias (2013-2018) for his parents

Said Jesus: unless ye become a child again
ye will not

Garret, you didn't
have to become a
You were

You entered
you left.

The defiant
of Thor.
November 17, 2018
Rest In Peace precious boy.
A Grammie In New England
November 12, 2018
So very sorry for your loss of such an amazing soul!
Kim Johnson
November 12, 2018
I am so sorry for your loss
Bob Joe
September 3, 2018
Ahw he is a Great kid with a great imagination. May God Bless the family Rest in peace lil Garrett.
Carletta Curry
July 27, 2018
What a Rockstar!
Hope this helps you in your search for a tree...
Eddy Clark
July 18, 2018
I lost my nephew when he was 4 years old, he had been sick since birth. We were so blessed to have him for that short time.
Garrett, you were a blessing to all around you. Your life had a message to it. You were such a brave young man.
God bless you all. One day you will be together again. Stay strong.
Beverly Chambers
July 18, 2018
WOW!! What an amazing boy you raised! Words can't express the sorrow for his family and friends. May you find peace in the fact the little guy is no longer suffering. May "G" man come to you in your dreams and bring you comfort in the days to come. I lost my baby brother by the nasty, dirty cancer too! I am certain he his a superhero flying with the angels. God bless you all!
Karen Cleveland
July 18, 2018
Thank you for sharing Garrett with the rest of us. Although the loss of a son is a deeply personal thing, you did something here by letting me enter into the joy! This body is temporary...the love and memories go on forever. Here is a picture of my son, Quinten Avila in the Air Force! My pride and joy. I sent him this story. Burn on Garrett!!! Burn on little dude. See you in heaven. Love, Mary Avila from Hollywood California
Mary Avila
July 18, 2018
Marisa Sedillo
July 18, 2018
All the words in the world never make better the grief of losing a precious child. But I hope you can smile through your tears at the huge impact your beautiful son has made. His story has inspired some changes in this grandmother's life. Much love and prayers of strength for you and yours.
Sharon Havens
July 18, 2018
A beautiful bright soul who shined here and will for sure shine from above. A teacher of how to live and die can come from anyone, even a 5 year old boy. May you have peace knowing he is pain free and able to leap buildings in a single bound.
B Jokinen
July 18, 2018
What an amazing little man you were Garrett. Many condolences to your family at this time. RIP angel boy.
Tina Tichinel
July 17, 2018
Your sweet baby's story brought tears to my eyes and a laugh through my tears. Praying for you and your family during this difficult time. I have heard of a company called Capsula Mundi that does organic burial pods, using the ashes of your sweet son to fertilize tree saplings. I hope you're able to make your sons final dream come true. God bless you!
Stacy Donaldson
July 17, 2018
Thank you Garrett, you touched our lives all the way to the Pacific Ocean. You are the man! God bless you and your family. Now rest up, you have a long fantastic journey ahead of you!
Greg Alan
July 17, 2018
May God Bless and Keep You, Your Family and Friends!

Your son was a beautiful person.

In His Name!
Ruby Patterson
July 17, 2018
I'm SO glad you got the good bye party you wanted.
I'm.sure that the celebration helped bring happiness & comfort to your family & loved ones.I hope you looked down from your flying adventures in Heaven at the fun & fireworks.
You are the true SUPER HERO.,..more than Batman and all the others .
Share your pranks and laughs with the angels now little angel.boy.
You have touched many including me.
Rest a little now free of pain...
Dani harrold
July 17, 2018
I will never understand why children have to suffer and die. What a beautiful little boy. May he grow to be a strong oak tree to shelter others.
MaryJean Zajac
July 17, 2018
I was so touched when I read Garrett's obituary. Reading his story has made me want to live a better life. This little guy has touched so many. I know your loss is great and you are in my prayers. What a blessing to have had this child in your life. He was blessed to have you as parents. Thank you for sharing him with us. I will never forget him, he is my hero.
Ovelia Campos
July 17, 2018
What a beautiful spirit in such a tiny body. RIP Garrett.
Hugs to your family. Garrett is in a special corner of Heaven. Sincerely, Gina D.
July 17, 2018
Wow!! What an incredible young man he must have been. I cannot fathom the grief you & your family must be feeling & I pray for comfort for you all in the coming days. Garrett's wish to be a tree really struck me & want to share with you how I've decided to be "buried, " because I wanna be a tree later, too. Imagine a park full of tree (each one bearing a plaque lovingly engraved where we can visit with our memories in the shade) instead of a cemetery. If I may, I suggest that you look into biodegradable burial pods. Garrett can then be the tree he wished to be. May God's grace & mercy surround you & give you the peace that only He can. You & your family will remain in my thoughts & prayers & I am grateful to share his memory with you.
Teresa Hill
July 17, 2018
Just saw Garrett's story online and my heart broke. My grandson and I read it. We will remember Garrett and your family in our prayers this evening. Never have I heard of such an amazing lil man and his wishes for how his arrangements should be carried out. Our love to you all.
Michele Sommer
July 17, 2018
Garrett is a legend. His spirit lives on through the countless lives he touched. My heart goes out to his family. RIP Garrett and thank you for brightening my day with your positive message.
July 17, 2018
dani harrold
July 17, 2018
Please know that so many people are praying for your family at such a sad time. Stay close to God and the Cross. Garrett, I am sure you are an Angel in Heaven now, free of pain and suffering. Your light will shine forever.
Deborah Miller
July 17, 2018
Wow what a handsome warrior rest sweet boy in God loving arms!!!
Stephanie Chism
July 17, 2018
susan and nick
Oh Garrett and family.....Thank you for making me smile. My man passed July 22nd, 2016 from that rotten illness - cancer. He was the love of my life for over 23 years and husband for only 4 months.

My thoughts and prayers are with you losing one so young and yet so full of life and laughter.

You will never be forgotten Oh Great Garrett Underpants. To live on in the hearts of others is to never die. You nailed it.
Susan Duerkop
July 17, 2018
He looked up to Batman and Thor, but little did he know he was the best and bravest superhero of them all. He will forever be my favorite superhero. What an amazing little guy with such a big heart. God bless the Matthias family and may you find peace and comfort in the days ahead. <3 Sending love and prayers from PA.
July 17, 2018
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
July 17, 2018
I'm in tears right now. Garrett is so AMAZING. I just want to say Thanks for sharing this story. I will make sure to pass his story on. Just when you think life is difficult. You see a child like this with a BIG HEART and you tell yourself i'm never going to complain again. We should all follow Garrett Michael Matthias maybe this world would be better.
Nettie Amrine
July 17, 2018
What an amazing little boy! Thank you for sharing this story. It brought tears to my eyes and hope to my heart. He took the lemons he had and made the best batch of lemonade ever. His story is and
will be an inspiration to everyone. My prayers are with you and your family.

Charles M. Garcia, Brownsville, Texas Tuesday, July 17, 2018 10:09 a.m.
July 17, 2018
Wow what an amazing little guy! Thank you so much for sharing him. What a great example for others of us facing that stupid dirty cancer. It sounds like he kept a positive attitude and his humor all the way.
Our Heavenly Father has Garret safe in his memory. And how wonderful to know we have his promise to be reunited with our loved ones in paradise on earth, with no more sickness.
July 17, 2018
May you carry the happy memories of Garrett with you forever in your heart. He was so wise for a little boy of his age. Rest in peace and look down from heaven and watch over your family.
July 16, 2018
Garrett Michael Boofias, YOU are a superhero!!
My sincere condolences to the Mathias family for the loss of your beautiful boy.
Elaine Waldo
July 16, 2018
such a bright little light
Desiree Andrews
July 16, 2018
What an amazing courageous family. So glad you are able to ignore the norm and do just what this little angel wanted you to do. Holding you all tight in my heart.
July 16, 2018
I read about Garrett wanting his ashes to become a tree - if you Google "cremains urns used as tree planters" there are many now available. The Living Urn was the first one that I saw a few years ago and there are now several. Hope this helps - my sympathies on your loss - what a great little guy!!
July 16, 2018
When a child are more clever than an adult.
Mich Mor
July 16, 2018
Reading this from Paris, France, as this sad story was covered by the news. May your angel rest in peace, and a lot of warm thoughts to all your family.
Gabriel Serein
July 15, 2018
I hope that soon they discover the cure of the cancer so these wonderful angels do not die

-Ms. Jacqui
July 15, 2018
Your child's courage and your grace in sharing his personality and words is so wonderful. Thank you so much. Garrett is an awesome boy whom I admire and will remember even without ever having met him.My thoughts and prayers are with you, his family. Seems like he lived life to the fullest and expressed himself so fully thanks to your love and care. Life makes no sense. Your sharing with me has eased my own grief and helped me so much.
Julia San Fratello
July 15, 2018
What an amazing little person. Sending hugs from Kansas City to Garrett's family. I am sure you are very proud to have a child who at such a young age wrote words that touched people across the world. His courage and humor are creating a ripple of smiles...and tears. So very sorry for your loss.
Blythe Edelman
July 15, 2018
Came across this in the news. God bless your sweet child! What a bright young boy. May God be with you and comfort you. I'm a mother of three boys and could not imagine your loss.
Michelle Meade
July 15, 2018
I love this kid so much. He made the world a better place even though he only got a few years to be on it.
Josh thompson
July 15, 2018
Wow! Garrett the Great Underpants, you certainly were a special super hero. Mom and Dad, cherish the memories and be proud of how many lives your little man touched around the world. Thank you for sharing him with us!
Lisa Conley
July 15, 2018
Your son was wise beyond his years.. What an amazing inspiration.. Whenever I have a bad day, I will think of his courage..I am a type 1 brittle diabetic.. May you find peace in the passing and know he touch many lives without knowing he had done it..
Meagan Looper
July 15, 2018
I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. I didn't know you, but when I read the obituary I remembered an article I had read about your loved one and them becoming a tree. I found this online when I googled it. God Bless!
LaShay Corbin
July 15, 2018
Love this kid. You're an inspiration Mathias
N Zamora
July 15, 2018
Your light still shines buddy! You were and will always be loved :)
Anna Caffarel
July 15, 2018
You had a very special little boy. I understand how much he hated "dirty stupid cancer" because I am a survivor myself.
Sarah Rushton
July 15, 2018
My family's heart and prayers are with you and yours. Just finished reading Garrett's obituary. How profoundly inspiring Garrett is and always will be. He is touching so many lives still!!
July 15, 2018
I'm in tears reading this. Your son was so beautiful, as was my son Jake I lost to rhabdomyosarcoma 4 years ago on August 4th. No words could express how sorry I am for your profound loss. Wishing you as much peace as possible in your days ahead.
Denise Gentile-Staniszewski
July 15, 2018
Wowie. You had an extra special fella. Condolences to you all.
Kimberly Upton
July 15, 2018
So sorry for your loss! He must have been one special little guy!
July 15, 2018
Thank you so much for sharing Garrett'sstory with us - it gives us great courage....

May the Lord bless you richly as you face this life now.

Love in Christ,

West Columbia SC
July 15, 2018
Boston mass. Can't stop crying. Strength to the Matthias family.❤
Patricia Gifford
July 15, 2018
Out of the Mouths Of Babes lies the Wit & Wisdom For Mankind!
I never had the pleasure of meeting your lovely son but i'm One of the many who will miss him dearly. My prayers sent for you all.
Diane Ruff
July 15, 2018
I am at work right now and crying. I was just browsing through the news and the headline 5 year old writes own obituary of course caught my eye immediately. I loved it. He was one brave little guy. He likes everything I like. I love Thor. I wish I had been able to meet him personally. I need all of his strength in my life. I am so, so sorry for your loss. I don't know you and we're miles apart, but I feel your pain. Death is never easy and there are never any "right" words to say especially when it's a child. God bless you all and hold your family in his loving and precious arms while you go through this.
July 15, 2018
My thoughts and prayers to this family. God Bless this little guy. They have urns that you can plant in the ground and grows into a tree btw, we did it for my son
Latricia-Marie Sims
July 15, 2018
I'm on left LBFD #152
Rob Kreuz
July 15, 2018
All the way from France, I have tears in my eyes. The bottom line of so much sadness is to think of his parents, and, from my tiny part, jus try to be a better man, everyday. I feel this is all I can do, in memory of Garett, and to fight like cruelty and injustice.
July 15, 2018
RIP. Thoughts from France
Dominique MERCIER
July 15, 2018
He was a wise soul. May he Rest In Peace and May his family have Gods light to guide them through this difficult time.
July 14, 2018
What an amazing young man who has changed the lives of so many people around the world with his will to face one of life's most difficult battles with such a fighting spirit. Keep on keeping on in the arms of the Angels . ~Peace, Love & Blessings to your family~
Martelle Gormley
July 14, 2018
Acosta Family Acosta Family
July 14, 2018
I love your son. I am deeply touched by him. I will make sure I never have a "down day" ever again in my life. He gives me courage to be who I am and enjoy life.
Dottie Coppock
July 14, 2018
What a special little angel
July 14, 2018
I was greatly saddened to hear of Garrett's recent passing. You are all in my prayers.
Anne Long
July 14, 2018
I know some adults that could learn a thing or two from you Garrett... Rock on Captain underpants!!! You rule!!!
Don Vincent
July 14, 2018
Ulysses Duran
July 14, 2018
My 4 year old son says he would have liked to have been Garrett's friend and that "I love him and his mommy and daddy puz (because) they need loves"
July 14, 2018
Lawrence Grady
July 14, 2018
I am so so sorry for your loss. I truly cannot image losing a child, so I am lost for words.
I live in Michigan and I have a Nature Preserve named: Maples on the Pond, Nature Preserve and maybe I can assist you with his wish. I take care of the old growth forest trees here and I have planted 450 different varieties of Japanese Maple trees. Everything I do here if for free and there is no FEES to enter the Nature Preserve. I would love to help you if you wish.
Sincerely and respectfully
John Altyn
Maples on the Pond; Nature Preserve.
I am selling nothing and only wish to help.
I have a community page on FB
Maples on the Pond; Nature Preserve
July 14, 2018
Michael Manson
July 14, 2018
My prayers go out to Garrett's family. You were truly blessed to have Garrett for 5 years. We only had 2 with our daughter. May his wonderful memories get you through this difficult time. Nancy Cherep
Nancy Cherep
July 14, 2018
What an impressive, young man. Rest in peace. - Thoughts from NJ
July 14, 2018
Anything I can say is absolutely inadequate. You have been truly blessed to have such a wonderful child in your lives-you are one of the very lucky families. Of course you would have preferred it to be without such a terrible illness.

But you have known, shown, and received love in great abudance. As a mom I know you wouldn't trade anything to have had these precious years with your son, brother, grandson, friend.

Sometimes it's children who can teach us so much about life and what is most important just by the way they live .

As a family member and as a member of the healthcare teams I know how hard everyone sacrificed to make Garret's time as loving and wonderful as possible. He has reminded us that we can look at the glass - half empty or half full. It is up to each of us individually to decide which it is. You can either cry through life and do it mostly alone, or laugh through life and share it with everyone.

How proud you must be of your wonderful Garret. God bless him and comfort all of you in the coming days. And, by the way, good luck with that tree! I would love to read how you solved the tree issue!

Thank you so much for sharing your story with all of us. Carol Alberts
Carol Alberts
July 14, 2018
Nina Young
July 14, 2018
Lloyd Simpson
July 14, 2018
I am so very sorry for the loss of your son. I lost my daughter when she was just 7 1/2. Cherish all of the beautiful memories you have with him. May God wrap his loving arms around your family during this most difficult time in your lives. Prayers for all of you.
Aimee Domines
July 14, 2018
You are all in our prayers! I didn't have a chance to meet Garrett, but I can tell he got his sense of humor and strong spirit from his mommie Emilie! I did have the pleasure of watching her grow up to be the wonderful daughter, wife, and mother she is today!! Fred and Cheryl have to be so proud of you and your strength, Emilie. I know that Tony and I are so proud and you and your family are definitely in our prayers. May God give you all the strength you need to push through the pain so you can always remember the great memories Garrett has given to all if you!!
Nancy Staab
July 14, 2018
Repose en Paix Garrett Michael Matthias rest in peace Garrett Michael Matthias
because you already have angels for gods and your place and for heaven
July 14, 2018
wellhoff philip
July 14, 2018
Contact the living urn. They can help you with the tree part.
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