Our beloved son, brother, and father, Matthew Scott Tidwell passed away Thursday April 13, 2023. Matthew had a kind and gentle heart and lived a life full of many passions and interests. Matthew is the first son of David and Priscilla Tidwell born January 24, 1987 in Provo, UT. As a young child Matthew loved to be outdoors and to hike with his Mom and Dad. He was smart and curious about how things in the world worked.
Matthew loved to open up VCRs, Nintendos and Radios to see if they would still work after he put them back together. While growing up Matthew loved to hear his father play guitar and sing. David would teach Matthew the parts of the guitar and show him how it was played and when Matthew was big enough he learned how to play guitar. Matthew loved to listen to music old and new. One of his favorite artists was Johnny Cash. Matthew would play and sing Johnny Cash songs on the front porch for all to hear.
Matthew Graduated from Provo School District and attended Mountain Land Technical College and graduated with certificates in welding. He was a skilled and meticulous welder that would get any job he applied for. All he needed to do to get the job was to ask them to watch him weld. He would eventually start his own business fabricating and welding. He loved to learn and spent time gaining skills.
Matthew was a man of many interests and hobbies; he loved to fly fish, metal detect, play guitar and banjo, he had a ham radio license, and was an avid outdoorsman. Matthew would show his love to his brothers and sisters by sharing his hobbies with them. He spent hours helping others learn how to fish. Matthew's early curiosity in all things mechanical helped him become a skilled mechanic, he was our go to resource for all questions and problems with our vehicles. If Matthew didn’t know how to help you when you asked you could count on him to research and find out how to help. He would soon be under your car helping you get back on the road.
Matthew loved his daughter Lexi and spent weekends on long drives and candy runs for their movie marathons. When Lexi was little she caught a Bluegill while fishing with Matthew. She asked if she could keep it. She begged him and he let her keep it alive in a bucket for two weeks. He loved the time he could spend fishing with his daughter. Matthew thought of her everyday and loved to share her accomplishments with his family. He was very proud of the wonderful, smart young woman she has become.
Matthew had a complicated and hard life but was loved by his friends and family. Matthew navigated the world while living with mental illness. He appreciated the friends he made later in life that gently accepted him as he was and tried to make him more comfortable in his day to day life.
Matthew is survived by his parents David and Priscilla, his daughter Alexis, his siblings Jason (Alexandra), Emily (Yi Fu), Zach, and Brandon, his niece and nephew Echo and Easton, his grandmother Jenny Perkins, and many uncles, aunts and cousins.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Matthews daughter, Alexis, college fund. https://gofund.me/9d84fcea
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