Former Juneau resident Matthew Charles Garcia died Aug. 25, 2007, surrounded by his immediate family at home in Wasilla, from recurrent retroperitoneal liposarcoma, a rare form of cancer. He was 49.
Sound off on the important issues at
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Friday at Alaskan Heritage Memorial Chapel, 1015 S. Check Street in Wasilla, with hospice Chaplain Dan Grisham officiating.
Matthew's ashes will be scattered in Gastineau Channel in Juneau, and in the waters near his grandparents' summer cabin "up the Bay" in Angoon.
He was born Oct. 2, 1957, in Juneau, and later resided in Wasilla. He graduated from Juneau-Douglas High School in 1975, Kenai Peninsula Community College of the University of Alaska, the Tulsa Welding School in Oklahoma and the Certified Welding School in Englewood, Colo.
He lived and worked in various areas of Alaska, including Juneau, Admiralty Island, Anchorage, Prudhoe Bay and Dutch Harbor. He also lived and worked in Seattle, Meridian, Conn., and Denver.
He was baptized in the Presbyterian Church in Juneau. He enjoyed Harley-Davidson motorcycles, trucks, fishing, hunting, boating and shooting.
His family wrote, "Even at a young age, Matt's love for all things mechanical was evident. His ability to take things apart and put them back together better than it was, carried on throughout all his life."
He was preceded in death by his father, Matthew Garcia; and sister, Kathleen Marie Garcia.
He is survived by his mother, Marie Beasley; sister, Marilynn Torgerson and her husband, Mel; brother, Timothy Garcia; nephews, Matthew Travis Torgerson and Timothy Samuel Torgerson; stepbrothers; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins; and companion, Ina Gibson-Wahrer.