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Matthew Charles Parker (Matt)
Matthew Parker, 20, while in the comfort of his own home went to join his Heavenly Father, Saturday July 27, 2013. Recently, those close to Matt were witness to a true transformation in his life. We are all reassured by knowing that Matt had accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior, and is now in the place Jesus said he was going to prepare for him.
Matt was born in Billings on Jan. 23, 1993, to Chuck and Vicky Parker of Billings, (Chuck formally of Roberts). Matt lived his early years in Lockwood, going to Lockwood Elementary School. He played baseball, football and wrestled, but his passion was for racing motocross. Matt followed his love for riding and racing motorcycles after his big brother Bryan. After the first year of racing motocross in Montana and recognizing Matt and Louis’s desire and natural talent, the Parker family did what many would consider was crazy. They sold their home and left Montana to travel the nation racing motocross. This time together allowed for a special bond to grow and many great memories. As Matt got older he often recalled these times of some of his best memories. He still talked about packing up and heading out to race again. The Parker family settled in Southern California (what many would consider the capital of motocross) in 2003, giving Matt and Louis the opportunity to let their talents flourish amongst the best in the world.
Matt competed and excelled at a national and international level. Many that watched Matt knew he had no fear and was a natural, often being told he was “tough as nails” and “a diamond in the rough." Matt had many achievements in motocross including state, regional, and national titles and placing, a favorite being a 3rd place at Loretta Lynn’s National in Tennessee (where the 40 top racers from all over the nation go to compete for a national title, the most prestigious race in amateur motocross). Those who were able to watch Matt excel at his God given gift knew that he was doing what he loved, and was a joy to watch. Sometimes Matt’s tough exterior and his love for extreme sports, makes it hard to believe that he was a mama’s boy and had such a big heart.
Matt and his mom had a saying where she would say “You’re always gonna be my baby, and I am always gonna love you” in which Matt would always reply “You’re always gonna be my momma, and I am always gonna love you.” As Matt grew into a young man his love for people became more evident as he grew in Christ. Matt had such a huge impact on the people he was able to touch. He will be greatly missed by many people. Matt recently met the true love of his life, Kayla, and was engaged to be married. As tragic as it is to see Matt leave her side, close family and friends are joyful to have seen the happiness she brought Matt. Their love for one another filled Matt’s heart and transformed his life. They were eager to move to Montana and start a wonderful future together. She will always hold a very cherished spot in the hearts of Matt’s family.
Matt is celebrating eternal life with his Grandparents, Aunt Pam, and other family and friends that have passed. Matt is survived by his parents Chuck and Vicky Parker of California, Sister Brandy Becker (Kevin Vralsted), Brother Bryan Becker (Courtney), Brother Louis Parker (Hannah), Nephew Malachi Parker, Fiancé Kayla Keltner, along with other family and friends that loved him so much. Matt will be brought back home to Montana for a celebration service, Saturday, Aug. 10 at 1:30 p.m. at Fellowship Baptist Church 423 Westgate Dr. Billings, MT. 59101. You can visit Matt’s memory page at: www. evans-brownmortuary.com/ o b i t u a r i e s / M a t t h e w - Charles-Parker Donations or gifts can be sent to: Chuck and Vicky Parker 33590 Poppy Lane Murrieta, CA 92563