Lub ntiaj teb thev naus laus zis ploj tus neeg tshwj xeeb nag hmo, phooj ywg Matthew S. TheobaldCov. Matt yog tus neeg tshaj lij thiab zoo nkauj tshaj plaws, tsim thiab tsim tawm txhais tau tias los txhais qhov tseeb ntawm cov ntaub ntawv ntawm lub ntiaj teb hauv Is Taws Nem. Kuv tau sau txog Sab hauv tom qab ntsib Matt tom qab kev sib tw me me ntawm Indiana hauv xyoo tas los.
Matt had a vision and tirelessly pursued it. The last time I saw him, he was nervously having a smoke out on the circle. I recognized him and we wound up talking about his vision, his family, Indianapolis and shared some crazy stories. We laughed a lot. A few hours later, I drove him home and had to explain to my kids why I was 4 hours late. Matt was that kind of guy – he just pulled you in and you couldn't help but feel like you had an old friend across the table from you.
I'm going to miss hearing Matt's smokey voice, cough and laugh at our next Smaller Indiana event. I know he struggled at times, he was alone in his genius and didn't have the underlying support to help push his vision. I also know that his vision yuav los ua qhov tseeb, tab sis, thiab kuv tau hais rau nws tias txhua zaus peb tau hais lus. Tej zaum nws yuav tsis yog tus lej Internet Tshawb Nrhiav ib puag ncig uas los rau txiaj ntsig, tab sis lub kaw lus zoo li nws rau kev teeb tsa cov ntaub ntawv thoob plaws Is Taws Nem yuav yog qhov tseeb nyob rau ib hnub.
Matt left me a couple messages on Facebook to get together and go out to lunch with him. I was too busy, though, and we never managed to get together. On Monday I'll make the time to say goodbye to my friend.
Matt's funeral is Monday 6/21, 12PM, Crown Hill Cemetery North Entrance. (Graveside ceremony plot 223)