Matthew Richards |

Matthew Richards

Matthew Stephen Richards went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Nov. 6, 2013, in Newport Beach, Calif. He was 36.

A memorial service will be at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, at Gold Country Calvary Chapel at 13026 La Barr Meadows Road, Grass Valley.

Matthew was born on Nov. 27, 1976, in the Dominican Republic. Matt came to Grass Valley in 1983 and enjoyed Boy Scouts and Little League Baseball. He attended Calvary Chapel. The greatest joy in his life was when he became a father. He enjoyed weight lifting, martial arts, disc golf, swimming at the Yuba, camping, fishing, cooking and playing guitar. He recently lived in Huntington Beach, Calif., at the New Spirit Life Sober Living Apartments and was part of Calvary Chapel Beachside.

He is survived by his wife, Laura Ramirez; his son, Malachi Richards, age 8; his daughter, Tiana Richards, age 7; his stepfather and mother, Dennis and Janet Weddle; his brothers Rafael “Tony” Brito (Desiree) and Jonathan Brito; his sisters Angela Richards (Randy), joy Sidebottom (Aaron), Carmen Brito and Anastashia “Tasha” Brito; and his nieces Grace, Zaida, Avery and Emelina.

He is preceded in death by his father, Charles Ellsworth Richards; and his grandmother, Joyce Buchanan Springer.

His family suggests donations to trust funds for his children that have been set up at Chase Bank for Malachi Richards #3016942186 and Tiana Richards #3016942178.

He will be greatly missed, but his life in this body can’t be compared to the new life he now has with his Savior, Jesus Christ. Our thanks to all the people who gave him encouragement; take comfort in knowing that he has found peace at last.

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