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Matthew C. Urie

June 3, 1955 — November 7, 2023

Pleasant Grove, Utah

Matthew C. Urie

Matthew C. Urie, a dedicated and accomplished man, has left an indelible mark on all who knew and associated with him. Born on June 3, 1955, in Provo, Utah, he was destined for greatness from the very beginning. After a diagnosis of cancer, Matt's earthly mission came to a close on November 7, 2023, at his home in Pleasant Grove, Utah, surrounded by his beloved family. His contributions to both his professional and personal relationships will forever be cherished.

 

Educational accomplishments were no stranger to Matt. He graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor's degree in Political Science before pursuing a Juris Doctorate from the BYU, J. Reuben Clark School of Law. To further enhance his knowledge in Environmental, Energy and Natural Resources Law, he earned a Master of Laws degree from George Washington University. Matt's dedication and expertise allowed him to make invaluable contributions within his field.

 

Matt spent the majority of his career as a highly-esteemed employee of the Federal Government. Notably, he held significant roles in the Department of Energy, Department of Interior, and Department of Justice where he served with unwavering commitment and dedication. His favorite position—and the one he was most proud of—was the nine months he spent as the first Energy Attaché and Director of the U.S. Department of Energy Office, serving in the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq.

 

Although Matt excelled professionally, it was his fierce devotion to his family that truly defined him. A loving husband to Marylynne and a caring father to his daughter and son, Brieanna Milton and Braedon, he ensured that every opportunity for growth and success was within reach for his children. He nurtured their talents and interests wholeheartedly, creating an environment where they could thrive.

 

Matt possessed a kind and compassionate nature that extended beyond the confines of familial love. Known for being genuine and approachable to all who crossed his path, he touched numerous lives with his warmth and generosity. His unwavering work ethic earned him widespread respect within both professional and personal circles alike.

 

Matt was not simply content with following the status quo. Instead, he paved his own path and acted as a beacon of inspiration for others to follow. With his strong will and determination, he fearlessly pursued his ambitions, inspiring those around him to do the same.

 

In addition to his professional achievements, Matt held a wide range of passions and interests. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and shooting—skills he continually cultivated throughout the years. He also enjoyed ice and rock climbing, and being a ski and karate instructor with Marylynne. He was known for his voracious reading of literature. He spent many years commuting on a bus or subway which gave him ample time to read. He made a tremendous sacrifice in order for his children to live where they had good schools and a safe environment. Even with all his travel to and from long days at work, he never missed a game or performance involving his children. They were everything to him and his sacrifices show that.

 

Matt's love for his darling granddaughters, Perry and Annie, knew no bounds and he cherished every moment spent with them. He happily obliged every request they made to walk around the lake, "drive over the bumps," or tickle their backs "one more last time." The immense joy and light they brought into each other's lives is unfathomable and will forever be remembered.

 

Matt served in the Switzerland Zurich Mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Throughout his life, Matt generously dedicated himself to serving within his church community. He fulfilled various roles, including that of a High Council member, Bishop, and teacher. However, among all these responsibilities, his favorite was being a Primary teacher—a role that allowed him to teach and nurture young hearts.

 

Matt leaves behind cherished memories that will forever endure in the hearts of those who knew and loved him. He is survived by his devoted spouse, Marylynne, his daughter, Brieanna (Drew) Milton, and son, Braedon, who will forever be grateful for the guidance, wisdom and love bestowed upon them by Matt as an exceptional husband and father.

 

Matt is also mourned by his brothers Clif and Paul (Sue) Urie. His brother Ross Urie, along with his parents, D. Ross Urie and Elsie McKay, have preceded him in death but always remained dear to his heart.

 

The legacy Matt leaves behind is one of dedication, compassion, and boundless love. He was an honorable man and took pride in knowing he could work as hard or harder than anyone. His impact on the lives he touched is immeasurable; friends, family and colleagues—they all carry in their hearts the loss caused by his departure from this world.

 

As we bid Matt farewell, let us remember his strength of character and limitless determination. Let us honor his memory by embodying the kindness, warmth, and passion he exuded throughout his life. Though he may no longer walk beside us, his spirit will forever guide and inspire us.

 

Till we meet again, dear Matt. You will forever hold a cherished place in our hearts.

 

Services will be held on Monday, November 13, 2023 at 12:00 p.m. MT with visitation at 11:00 a.m. MT at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints located at: 828 South Locust Avenue, Pleasant Grove, Utah 84062. 

 

Services will be broadcasted live at:

https://zoom.us/j/95604947823?pwd=UTZhSFhydkNwak9EUHFHcVJ1a0VMUT09

Meeting ID: 956 0494 7823

Passcode: 845081

 

Interment at Eastlawn Memorial, 4800 North 650 South, Provo, UT 84601

 

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Matt’s name to 

https://www.4ocean.com/products/custom-ocean-cleanup-service?variant=42520793907393

 

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