Matthew Don Pellerin passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 15, in Kemmerer. He was born in Jackson Hole on July 2, 1990, to John Henry and Pamela Bernice Pellerin.
The family lived on a ranch in Daniel, Wyo., where Matthew got to enjoy being around all kinds of farm animals — the family kept pigs, chickens and a horse. When Matthew was nine months old, his mother bought a home in Pinedale, where they lived until Matt was 14 years old. It was around this time that Matt seemed to find trouble, or maybe trouble just found him. Due to these troubles, Matthew was sent to Red Top, a youth and family service program. While there, the group took a wilderness survival trip to southern Utah, in the canyon lands. They crossed many streams and rivers by holding onto a rope that the leaders had control of. One of the boys lost his grip on the rope and Matthew was able to get hold of him and save his life. When Matthew graduated from Red Top, he was voted the camp clown — full of fun, laughter and good times, and he seemed to boost everyone’s morale. He received numerous awards and recognition. One of these awards was a book on mountain berries, because whenever they went on hikes, Matt would eat every berry in sight.
Pam and Matt then moved to Pocatello, Idaho, and lived there for two years, after which they moved to Kemmerer, where Matt attended high school until he participated in the youth challenge program in Guernsey, Wyo., and received his GED.
Matthew didn’t have any brothers or sisters growing up, but he had a great family of dogs. He truly loved each and every one of them. It started out with Grettle, a Yorkshire terrier, and then her puppy Millie. Next there was Sadie Sue, a sheltie; Hercules, the troublemaker; Lucy, a Pekingese; and Lily May, another sheltie. The last is Quilla, who was Matthew’s buddy. Matthew and his mom really enjoyed each other’s company. They always had each other to depend on.
Matthew had a great sense of humor. He had many friends whom he really enjoyed and loved, especially a special girl named Katie. He was very creative — he loved doing woodwork, jewelry and had a great imagination. He also had a great love for music.
Matthew had tremendous love and passion for the family cabin. There he learned how to work and drive, and really enjoyed going on four-wheeler rides. And of course, Matthew couldn’t just go for a nice little joy ride, he had to find every mud puddle there was and splash through them. He and his cousins loved to go off and explore together. They had a few favorite spots like the “hallway,” and the “Indian hill,” a place their grandpa had them all convinced was where the Indian children played and explored.
Matthew is survived by his mother, Pam Pellerin, of Kemmerer; his father, John Pellerin, of Casper; his grandparents, William and Shirley Mower, of Kemmerer; and numerous aunts, uncle, cousins and many dear friends.
Matthew will be greatly missed by all who knew him!