Matthew Delash
1991 - 2017
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Matthew Delash, age 25, from Woodsboro, MD, was freed from the chains of addiction by his Lord on February 28, 2017.

Matt was born on April 17, 1991 in Weatherford, TX, and considered himself a true Texan even though he lived in Maryland since the age of 6.

He is survived by his parents, Tom and Darlene Delash, brother Michael, grandparents, Don and Cleta Dollar, preceded in death grandfather Nick Delash and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Many knew Matt only through the lens of the addictions he battled for years. That wasn't the real Matt though, and those fortunate enough to truly know him immediately recognized him as one who would give the clothes he was wearing to help a friend in need (and did so more than once); one who ended nearly every conversation with those he cared for with 'love you'; and one who considered his close friends to be like brothers and sisters, which he often called them. He was fiercely loyal to his friends, his brother Michael and his extended family, and he could relate to anyone and make anyone feel at ease, and he was loved by many.

He never gave up, and just recently decided completely on his own to enter a treatment facility in NJ and begin a new life. He was about to start a full-time job as another step in his recovery and getting beyond the addiction.

But the chains that bound him were stronger than anything he could do on his own. He fought this battle for years, and truly sought God's help during the struggle. He knew Jesus Christ as his Savior, and in the end it was He who finally decided Matt struggled enough and brought him home peacefully. Matt spent the last month ensuring those he loved knew it, he reconciled with everyone in his family even though he had no need to, and he was optimistic about a new start in life. He did finally start a new life, and though it's not the one he was planning it is far better and eternal.

Matt loved skateboarding, fishing, the outdoors, baseball, and soccer when he was younger, and anything on wheels that went fast when he got older, especially his dirt bike and Dodge Ram 1500 truck he had in Texas. He amazed his doctors as an adolescent by never bearing the scrapes or bruises typical of most young boys, he was extremely coordinated and athletic, and was a master at fixing anything that needed it. He first jumped out of his crib at 10 months by standing on a baby stuffed lamb and hurling himself over the edge, then casually crawling in to the kitchen to visit his parents - still without a bruise.

A private service is planned at FCF Church, followed by a graveside service and interment in Fort Worth, TX.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in Matt's name be made to drug treatment centers (such as Serenity Treatment Center) in Frederick County to help others who are struggling. Matt's legacy through his battle was to never give up, and by his example he would encourage anyone else to do the same.

Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.hartzlerfuneralhome.com

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Published in The Frederick News-Post from Mar. 2 to Mar. 3, 2017.
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February 8, 2019
You will not be forgotten
November 17, 2018
I am just hearing this news, and am so heartbroken. Matt was a beautiful soul - we loved him very much. He will never be forgotten, and we cherish our fond memories of him. We are so truly sorry for your loss. :-(
Teresa Thomas
March 2, 2018
The last incounter I had with Matt was a year and a half ago when I was over at his house. I spent the day swimming with him and talking about sports and other things. The last thing he ever said to me was I love you little Cuz. Little did I know this was the last time I would talk to him. Matt was my cousin. I didnt know him extremely well, but he is a part of my family and it is always hard to see someone go. When I was around him I always impressed with how joyful he always was and his ability to lighten the mood and although Matt didnt make the best decisions in life, I will always remember that joyful, light mood, that others may not remember, that God has seen.

Rest easy Cousin... I strongly believe I will see you one day.

I Love you too, big Cuz.
Jack DeLash
Family
September 13, 2017
Dear Tom, Darlene, and All Family,

We don't know what to say except that we love you. Although we can't understand exactly how you feel, God does. He will comfort you.

Matthew will definitely be missed, along with his loyal spirit, and his fortitude.

Please continue to focus on the many happy times when you were all together. Cherish the good memories you have and they will provide solace for you. We ask the God of all comfort to please sustain you all eternally.
April 9, 2017
I was so saddened when I learned of your loss. I cannot fathom the pain and anguish that you and your family are going through. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
April 7, 2017
Tom,

I just became aware of this tonight and wanted to let you know how sorry I am to hear this. My deepest thoughts and prayers for you and your family are in my heart. May you find peace. Rick
Rick Burnett
March 29, 2017
Our heartfelt condolences to Delash family. You will be in our thoughts and prayers.
Haik & Julie Biglari
Coworker
March 18, 2017
Deeply sorry for loss. Thinking and praying for you & yours.
Mitchell Scott
March 7, 2017
I am so sorry for your loss. May you find comfort in knowing how much God cares for you and He will help you during this time. (1Pet. 5:7)
March 7, 2017
I'm so sorry for your loss and really appreciate this beautifully written obituary. You did not choose to hide the struggle he had with addiction and this can hopefully help others. God Bless this family and please bring them comfort and peace.
March 6, 2017
I am so sorry for your incredible loss.
Elizabeth
March 6, 2017
For Matthew - you will forever be a shining light in this world
Anonymous
March 6, 2017
I did not know Matthew, but he was in the same graduating class at Walkersville with my daughter. I cannot even begin to know the pain all of his family and friends are in at this time but please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you all. His obituary is the most powerful and beautiful eulogy that I have ever read. My heart just breaks for you all. During the coming days, please know that there are many people like me that are praying for you all.
His story is so powerful and I have so much respect for the beautiful and honest words that were shared about his life. His struggles and determination to try
to make changes in his life is a lesson for all of us. Addiction is such a destructive disease and know that he did not die in vain. His story has touched so many and I know in my heart that he has helped other people that are dealing with the same struggles. Take comfort in knowing that he is at peace now. Thank you for being so courageous in sharing his story and I am certain it will help others. May God bless you all in the coming days.
Toni Holste
March 6, 2017
I did not know Matt but wanted to thank you for writing such a beautiful, heart felt and honest obituary. I pray someone reading it gets the help they need and that Matthew is resting in a peace greater than any drug could ever provide.
March 6, 2017
I never met Matt but I did lose one of my children and my heart is breaking for you as I know the harrowing pain that comes from losing a child. I am lifting you up in my prayers as you grieve. But this is not the end. I am relieved to learn that Matt accepted Jesus as his Savior. You will see him again and what a wonderful reunion it will be!!
Brigitte F.
March 5, 2017
My condolences to the family, I didn't know the gentleman but was inclined to read this beautiful obituary with sadness in my heart. My friend in FB shared this tribute for myself to see, I have battled addiction for so long, my heart goes out to you. It's an ugly thing that will remind you after time lapses that it is still alive and can knock us down to size, peace to you and understanding for something that is so evil.
J Kindhart
March 5, 2017
I did not know this young man, but his family loved him dearly, as can be evidenced by their words in this piece. Addiction is a disease, not unlike cancer. Sometimes it isn't curable. Fly with the angels, Matthew Delash.
Becky Chilcote
March 5, 2017
Be at peace young man
Lisa Englert
March 5, 2017
Darlene I remember the day you and Donna brought Matthew out to our house when he was a baby and how proud and happy you were my thoughts and prayers are with your family and may God bless you all
Sylvia
March 4, 2017
I remember his sweet contagious smile and friendly demeanor. I pray for your comfort and peace. I look forward to our heavenly family reunion one day. Love you all.
Debbie Tallant
March 4, 2017
To the Delash family: I did not know Matt or any of the family, but I was drawn to read his obituary. As I read it, I was in tears. What turmoil he must have gone through and struggles he endured. I am so fortunate, as I have a son who went through the same thing. Thank God he is now clean, and has been for years. I pray that God grant all of you and wrap you in His arms and gives you peace, strength and comfort at this most difficult time in your lives. Rest in peace Matt.
Ruth
March 4, 2017
Rest easy my dude.
Tyler Anderson
Friend
March 4, 2017
Rip Matt I'll never forget you. The delash family will be in my prayers
Schuyler S
Friend
March 4, 2017
Matt was such a caring and loving friend to all and I am so very lucky to have met him and gained him as a friend. He will be missed and never forgotten. My prayers are with the family as well as his friends. Love you Matt, Fly high.

Jenn. C
Jennifer Castle
March 4, 2017
A beautiful tribute to a beautiful child. Praying for Gods peace to fill you all during this time of a parents worst nightmare♡
Susan Metz
March 4, 2017
May you find love and peace
Laura Parker
March 4, 2017
To the Family just wanted to say I read this on my Facebook Wall and it just broke my Heart, didn't know your son, but he looks like he was a nice person. I had so many of my friends Children lose the BATTLE also so sad..May God put his arms around the whole Family and Friends and give you all strength to get through this terrible tragedy...
Lisa French
March 4, 2017
As a recovering addict, it breaks my heart that another soul has been taken by this horrifying disease. I never knew Matt, but I understand his struggle. My prayers are with your family through this troubling time. Best regards.
Aleeta Darland
March 4, 2017
Love and many prayers to all.
Amber Wills
March 3, 2017
As someone that was given this horrible news while sitting in group at Serinty treatment center.. I couldn't help but cry. He had a monkey on his back beating him down everyday. Only good thing is now nothing can hurt him... for in his house he has many mansions. Matt is chilling in one of them!
Tori
March 3, 2017
Tom, Darlene and Michael,
We were devastated to hear of your loss. How vividly we remember our children playing together. The thing that stands out the most was Matthew's impeccable manners. Even though we did not see much of Matthew as he grew into a young man, we did have the opportunity to speak with him when he brought his friends and their little girl over this past Halloween. They stayed for quite a while and we had a wonderful conversation with Matthew. He spoke openly about his struggles and about his deep love for his family. We are happy to have shared those moments with him and gotten to know him better. We hope you and your family will be able to find peace knowing that Matthew is finally at peace and free from his struggles.
Myra & Brian Baker
March 3, 2017
I am so very sorry for your loss. I didn't know Matt or your family however, I do know the world of addiction. May you find peace thru God's Grace. Reading about your Matt was a heartfelt and beautiful tribute. God's blessings to your family.
Sandy
March 3, 2017
There are no words to ease your pain, or offer you peace at a time like this. My heart, and prayers are for your family. As certain as I am that your son is in paradice right now. I am equally certain that you are in what amounts to Hell on earth. I wish I had some biblical verse, some poetic words to offer that could bring you peace and understanding but there are none. I wish that I could tell you that time will ease your pain. The truth is, in time, you won't miss him any less. You will learn to cope, or manage your broken heart. You will feel again. His memory will bring a smile while now it holds tear.

God is with you. As your son is with him. Right now. As alone as you feel, you are not. Please believe that. At a time like this, we can choose to reel against God or draw him closer than we ever have. I did both when I lost my son. You need both of them at this time to give you strength and faith to get through each moment right now.

One moment doesn't define a life. You knew his kindness, his generosity, his innocence, and his loving heart more than anyone else. My prayers are with your family. God Bless. I am sorry for your loss. Peace be with your family.
March 3, 2017
Darlene, Tom and Michael I was devastated my the news of Mats passing. There are no words to say in the early lose of a son and a brother. I pray God bring you all peace and comfort in the days ahead and heal your pain. Bless you all and please feel free to reach out if there is anything we can do.
Linda and Phillip Webb and the rest of our family
linda webb
March 3, 2017
Praying the arms of God surround the family with comfort during this difficult time.
P Miller
March 3, 2017
Darlene & family,
I was so sorry to hear of Matthew's struggles and passing. I have fond memories of your beautiful family from Woodsboro Elementary. I pray you find peace and comfort. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.
Christine Behrendt-Wilson
Christine Wilson
March 3, 2017
The beauty of Matt is a portrait not even approachable. This is not an easy subject to broach. The telling of it may, however, help some other beautiful souls to grab life with all their might because Matt's genius and tenacity for living was altered by a choice. Thank you so much for sharing this tragically sad story. I miss him even though I never met him.
March 3, 2017
What a beautiful eulogy written for Matthew. My heartfelt condolences to the Parents, Family and Friends of Matthew. I am so very sorry to read about his passing. I pray the Promises of Our Heavenly Father continuously sustain you through this unimaginable difficult time and comfort you until you greet your beloved handsome Matthew again....
A Stranger who cares
March 3, 2017
I didn't know Matt but I lost my 20 year-old daughter to an overdose four months ago. In Matt's story, I see my daughter all over again. May the joy of your memories bring you peace as you struggle with what I know is a horrible loss.
Larry Luzier
March 3, 2017
I don't know you or your family at all, but your love and your pain speak through this beautifully written story. May our sweet Lord and Savior hold your family gently in the palm of His calloused yet soft hands while you grieve AND rejoice for the son God shared with you. Peace be with you. Teresa
March 3, 2017
May Great memories and passionate Faith stay in your hearts forever.
The Family of Michael Thomas White
March 3, 2017
To Matt's family,
I do not know you or Matt, but I wanted to say that this is the most beautifully written and touching obituary I have ever read. What an amazing young man. I love "your" Matt, and see that he was truly loved and he truly loved, and that is what matters. I am so sorry you are enduring this pain, and will remember you and Matt in my prayers.
Cindy
March 3, 2017
Fly high my friend! I'm in disbelief as many are I'm sure.. You are loved and missed !love Paige Yelton
Paige Yelton
March 2, 2017
Darlene my heart goes out to all of you.
Patty Keith
March 2, 2017
Our deepest condolences to your family. May Matt rest in peace.
Jacob and April Zebroski
March 2, 2017
Beautiful write-up about Matt. I am so truly heartbroken and saddened for the Delash family. My thoughts and prayers are with each of you. I remember Matt as a sweet, kind-hearted middle schooler and early high schooler when he and Nick hung out and later when he and Julianna became friends. I'm so sorry he struggled, as so many seem to be struggling, with addiction. I just hope at least one person will see what you have written about Matt's struggle and turn their life around so that another family will not have to endure this heartache. Love to you all.
Lisa Lodati
March 2, 2017
With my deepest sympathy. May Matt Rest In Peace and may you as his family find peace.
Debbie Santelli
March 2, 2017
My thoughts are with you at this time. It is never easy loosing a child. This obituary is the best one I've ever read. Matt was an amazing man and always had a huge heart. I am so sorry that this happened. He will be truley missed.
Samantha Lawson
March 2, 2017
I work with someone that knows your family and Matthew deeply, and I over heard what has happened to your son, I am a Mother of a 17 year old, my only child, and this breaks my heart. Your story about your son is so sweet.
Your son is a very handsome young man.
I am so, so sorry for your loss, no parent should ever have to go through this.
March 2, 2017
Rest in peace mat fly high with the angels
Kevin Parrotte sr
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