Matthew Howard Glenn, a courageous, patriotic, and devoted man, passed away unexpectedly in his home on January 9th, 2024 due to an undiagnosed illness. He was 42 years old. Matt was born on November 25th, 1981 in Ogden, Utah. He is the son of Julie Beyer Glenn Larson and the late Dennis Glenn.
Matt was raised in Roy, Utah where he made many lifelong friends. One of Matt’s fondest childhood memories was when his dad coached his little league baseball team shortly before his own passing.
Matt was an avid World Wrestling Entertainment and Hulk Hogan fan and would be offended if anyone claimed it was fake.
He tried out for his school basketball team every year from Jr. High to High School, but never made the cut. Matt was an old soul with a whole lot of grit who felt more at home listening to Hank Williams and Elvis than the music of his generation.
Matt received his Eagle Scout and graduated from Roy High School in 2000. Shortly after graduating, he served as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Jackson, Mississippi mission.
After returning home from his mission, Matt married Jodi Fowles. They were later divorced.
Matt began college at Weber State University but then made a change of direction to proudly serve his country in the United States Army as an Infantryman. He was inspired by his grandpa, Fred Beyer, who served as an Army paratrooper during World War II and considered him a hero. For his courageous efforts, Matt was awarded the Purple Heart and the Combat Infantry Badge during his deployment to Afghanistan. During his time in the military, Matt made many of what he called “buddies” whom he considered his brothers. They had his back and he had theirs both during and after their military service. Throughout his life, Matt maintained a deep love for this country and told everybody around him that his decision to serve was the best choice he ever made. He will forever be our soldier.
Besides serving God, his country, and his city briefly as a police officer, Matt continually served those around him and was selfless in all his dealings with others.
After receiving an honorary discharge from the Army, Matt worked at Hill Air Force Base as an expeditor.
Matt lived a simple, yet meaningful life. He was a passionate angler and found peace with a fishing rod in hand. He enjoyed reading about the history of this country that he loved and served, as well as learning about the great leaders that helped shape its identity. Matt touched the lives of all who knew him and was everyone’s best friend. He will forever be remembered for his red hair and distinctive dimples.
Matt loved his dog, Buster, and his adopted cat, Wednesday. When they came into his life, he told us that is how he knew God was looking out for him.
Matthew was a mama’s boy and learned how to be as tough as nails from her. He loved her deeply and let everybody know the respect he had for his mom. Matt had a strong connection with his “Pops”, Larry Larson. They had very fond memories together and he cherished the strong connection that he had with somebody he so dearly respected.
Matt has embarked on his final adventure and leaves behind many family members and friends who deeply loved and cherished him. He is survived by his mother, Julie Larson, and step-father, Larry Larson; sisters, Brooke (Steven) Doyle, Natalie (Jared) Roper, Michelle Glenn (Peter Hass), and Shawna (Steve) Glenn Blue; nieces and nephews, Justin (Jessica), Paige (Skyler), Katlynn (Alex), Ryan, Riley, Casey, MaKenna, Ashleigh, Colby, Maddie, and Brody; great nieces and nephews, Case, Liam, Jay, Ledger, Millie, and Jett. Matt is also survived by Stephanie Brown who he considered a bonus sister.
He is preceded in death by his father, Dennis Howard Glenn; grandparents, Fred and Faye Beyer, Melba Evans Beyer, and Hal and Marina Glenn.
As we bid farewell to Matt, we find peace knowing that he is reunited with his father and grandparents. The life he led will forever be imprinted upon our hearts and his adventurous spirit will continue to be a blueprint for us all. His life was a testament to finding joy in the simple things. Matt was a charismatic soul and made sure that everybody around him was without want.
Friends may visit with the family on Friday, January 26, 2024, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Saturday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Lindquist’s Roy Mortuary, 3333 West 5600 South, Roy, Utah, 84067. The funeral service will be at the mortuary on Saturday, January 27, 2024, at 11:00 a.m
Interment will be at the West Haven Cemetery, 1550 South 2350 West, West Haven, Utah.
After returning home from combat, Matt suffered from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. In lieu of flowers, we ask that you consider donating to Disabled American Veterans or Tunnel to Tower in honor of Matt.