Matthew Lawrence Folden


Matthew Lawrence Folden was born in Pullman, Washington, on Nov. 27, 1985; after turning the hospital on its ear in the middle of a fierce snowstorm, the day before Thanksgiving. Matthew passed on to the great big punk rock show in the sky on July 27, 2017.

Matthew was a beloved and beautiful soul. He sought to find the art in every moment of life. From making music with friends to shredding the snow-covered mountains; to painting and tattooing his art on those he loved. 

The light that Matthew brought to the world is inconceivably bright, his uncanny ability to make others smile was only one of the many great attributes that made his star shine so bright. His passion and enthusiasm for life, and his capacity for unconditional love, touched every life he met. His greatest desire was for everyone to be their truest self, to love each other, and be stoked on life. He will be missed by all; but, most certainly never forgotten. And in his own immortal words “Make party, and dance on.”

Matthew is survived by Travys Rion (Chaska, Minnesota), his 10-year-old son, and Bodhi Belle (Peshastin, Washington), his 6-month-old daughter. As well as, his love and life-partner, Kortni Derousseau (Peshastin, Washington); his father and mother, William and Ann Folden (Woodinville, Washington); his younger brother and sister, Cameron (Wenatchee, Washington) and Rebecca-Ann Folden (Redmond, Washington); his grandmother, Carolyn Smith (Wenatchee, Washington); his grandfather, John R Folden (Peshastin, Washington); his beloved dog, Jaxon (Leavenworth, Washington); and all of his extended Ohana, and treasured Tribes mates. Matthew was preceded in death by his grandfather, Dr. W.V. Smith, his grandmother, Esther Earlene Folden, and his aunt, Nancy Smith.

A memorial service, celebrating the life of Matthew “Crazy Legs” Folden, will be held on Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017, at the Festhalle in Leavenworth, Washington at 10:30 a.m. Attendees are encouraged to bring a favorite dish, so that all may join in a feast, as requested by Matthew’s son, Travys Rion. A benevolent account has been opened at Banner Bank for the family to help offset expenses. The account is under Tori Handley FBO Matthew L Folden.

Ward’s Funeral Chapel, Leavenworth is in charge of the arrangements.


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